Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
SMARTER STATS: Getting Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas back in the game, and adding Chris Ivory to the mix, has made the Saints a more dangerous rushing team. Ivory has the second-most rushing yards among rookies, Thomas is a dynamite blocker and Bush is the ultimate zone-buster. The Saints ranked 25th in rushing efficiency in the season’s first half; they rank sixth ever since.
1 p.m., WTTG-5, Saints by 7 Tampa Bay can earn a playoff berth with a win and losses by the Giants and Packers. Bucs rookie RB LeGarrette Blount rushed for a career-high 164 yards last week, his second straight game with more than 100 yards rushing. Blount leads NFL rookies with 941 yards rushing. New Orleans clinched a playoff spot with a win over Atlanta last week and can win the NFC South with a win and an Atlanta loss. QB Drew Brees has 426 completions, his NFLrecord third 400-completion season.
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