TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (Field reporter)
SIRIUS: 113 (TB), 106 (NO) | XM: 386 (TB), 230 (NO)
• QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 1,103 yards & 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 86 rating last season.
• RB PEYTON BARBER led team with career-high 423 rush yards last season. Had rush TD in last meeting. Rookie RB RONALD JONES was selected in 2nd round (38th overall) of 2018 NFL Draft. Rushed for 3,619 yards with 39 TDs & had 32 catches for 302 yards & 3 TDs in 3 seasons at USC.
• WR MIKE EVANS had 1,001 rec. yards last season & joined HOFer RANDY MOSS & A.J. GREEN as only players in NFL history to have 4 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin career. WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 668 rec. yards & 3 TDs last season. Ranks 1st among active players (min. 200 receptions) with 17.3 yards per catch avg. TE O.J. HOWARD tied for 1st among rookie TEs with 6 TD catches & ranked 3rd with 432 rec. yards in 2017. TE CAMERON BRATE has 14 rec. TDs since 2016, 3rd-most among NFL TEs.
• DT GERALD MC COY led team with 6 sacks last season. Since 2012, ranks 2nd among NFL DTs with 44.5 sacks. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL makes TB debut. Had 8.5 sacks with NYG in 2017. LB LAVONTE DAVID tied for 2nd in NFL with 5 FFs & led team with 101 tackles in 2017. Since 2012, ranks 3rd in NFL with 764 tackles. CB BRENT GRIMES led team with 11 PD last season. Since 2013, leads NFL with 78 PD. S JUSTIN EVANS was 1 of 3 rookies with 60+ tackles (65) & 3+ INTs (3) last season.
• SAINTS won NFC South title for 1st time since 2011 last season.
• QB DREW BREES has 70,445 career pass yards & joined PEYTON MANNING & HOFer BRETT FAVRE as only players in NFL history to reach 70,000 pass yards. Ranked 2nd in NFL in rating (103.9), 4th in pass yards (4,334) & set single-season NFL record with 72.0 comp. pct. last season.
• RB ALVIN KAMARA led NFL rookies & ranked 2nd in league with 14 total TDs in 2017. Had 826 rec. yards & 728 rush yards last season & joined HOFer CHARLEY TAYLOR (1964) as only rookies in NFL history to have 700+ rush yards & 700+ rec. yards.
• WR MICHAEL THOMAS ranked 3rd in NFL with 104 receptions last season & became 1st player in franchise history with 100+ catches in single season. Has 196 career receptions since entering NFL in 2016, most in NFL history by player in his 1st 2 seasons. TE BENJAMIN WATSON had 61 catches for 522 yards & 4 TDs in 2017 with Bal. Had 10 TD catches with NO from 2013-15.
• DE CAMERON JORDAN tied for 4th in NFL with careerhigh 13 sacks in 2017. Since 2013, is 1 of 6 players with 50+ sacks (50.5). Has 4 sacks in his past 4 vs. TB. Rookie CB MARSHON LATTIMORE led all rookies with 5 INTs & tied for 1st among rookies with 18 PD in 2017. LB DEMARIO DAVIS makes NO debut. Ranked 6th in NFL with 135 tackles in 2017 with NYJ.
LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 32-20
STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/31/17: Saints 24 at Buccaneers 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/17: Saints 30, Buccaneers 10