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Buccaneers at Saints: TV schedule, notes, and staff picks

Predictions and game info from the 2020 NFL Week 1 capsule.

NFL: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Broadcast Info

TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (TB), 83 (NO) | XM: 382 (TB), 225 (NO)

Buccaneers Notes

• QB TOM BRADY makes TB debut. Ranks 2nd all-time in passing yards (74,571) & TD passes (541). Passed for 4,057 yards & 24 TDs in 2019, his 17th season with 20+ TD passes, most in NFL history. Has 1,433 pass yards (286.6 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 103.6 rating in 5 career starts vs. NO.

• RB LEONARD FOURNETTE makes TB debut. Set career highs in rush yards (1,152), scrimmage yards (1,674) & catches (76) last season with Jax. RB RONALD JONES had career-high 1,033 scrmimage yards (724 rush, 309 rec.) & 6 rush TDs in 2019. RB LESEAN MCCOY makes TB debut. Ranks 4th among active players in scrimmage yards (14,868) & scrimmage TDs (89).

• WR MIKE EVANS had 1,157 receiving yards in 2019, joining HOFer RANDY MOSS (1998-2003) as only players with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 6 seasons in NFL history. Has 462 career receptions, most in franchise history. WR CHRIS GODWIN ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 1,333 rec. yards in 2019. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 vs. NO. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI makes TB debut. Had 521 catches for 7,861 yards & 79 TDs in 9 seasons (2010-18) with NE.

• LB SHAQUIL BARRETT led NFL with franchise-record & careerhigh 19.5 sacks & ranked 2nd with 19 TFL in 2019. LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 122 tackles last season, his 7th-career 100+ tackle season. Since 2012, is only player with 1,000+ tackles (1,006), 20+ sacks (22.5) & 20+ FFs (21). LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 8.5 sacks in 2019, his 5th career season with 8+ sacks

Saints Notes

• QB DREW BREES is NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (77,416) & TD passes (547). Had 74.3 comp. pct. in 2019, 2nd highest in single-season mark in NFL history. Passed for 2,979 yards with 27 TDs vs. career-low 4 INTs for career-high 116.3 rating last season. Has 11 TDs vs. INT for 117.1 in his past 6 vs. TB.

• RB ALVIN KAMARA had 1,330 scrimmage yards (797 rush, 533 rec.) & 6 total TDs in 2019. Is 1 of 2 (JULIO JONES) with 1,300+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. Has 81 receptions in each of his 1st 3 seasons & is 1 of 4 RBs in NFL history with 3+ seasons of 80+ catches.

• WR MICHAEL THOMAS led NFL with 149 receptions & 1,725 yards in 2019, most catches in single season in league annals. Has 470 receptions & 5,512 rec. yards, both most by player in 1st 4 seasons in NFL history. Has 66 receptions for 831 yards (118.7 per game) & 4 TDs in 7 career games vs. TB. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS makes NO debut. Had 66 receptions for 869 yards & 5 TDs with Den. & SF in 2019. TE JARED COOK ranked 2nd among TEs in 2019 with career-high 9 rec. TDs.

• DE CAMERON JORDAN led team with career-high 15.5 sacks. Since 2013, ranks 2nd in NFL with 78 sacks. Has sack in 6 of his past 7 vs. TB. LB DEMARIO DAVIS led team with 111 tackles, his 5th-career 100+ tackle season. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE led team with 14 PD. Ranks 4th in NFL with 44 PD since 2017. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 347 tackles & 37 PD with NO from 2009-13. Had 80 tackles, 8 PD & 4 FFs in 2019 with Phi.

Series History

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 35-21

STREAKS: Saints have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/17/19: Saints 34 at Buccaneers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/19: Saints 31, Buccaneers 24

Week 1 Staff Picks

Latest line: Saints by 3.5, over/under: 48

Gil (0-0): Bucs, 30-24

James (0-0): Bucs, 34-28

Evan (0-0): Saints, 28-24

David (0-0): Bucs, 34-31

Bailey (0-0): Saints, 24-20

Jason (0-0): Saints, 24-21