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Tampa Bay will try to win its second straight game when the Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints Sunday.

J. Meric

In a matchup of two teams trying to build momentum after slow starts to the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

The Bucs and Saints split their two meetings last season, with Tampa Bay winning at home, 26-20, on Oct. 16, and New Orleans returning the favor, 27-16, on Nov. 6. The Buccaneers lost 10 in a row to end the 2011 season, and the win over the Saints was the team's final victory of the year.

Tampa Bay (2-3) is coming off a 38-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bucs are 31st in the NFL in pass defense, which could pose a problem against New Orleans' air raid offense. Tampa Bay is giving up 312 passing yards per game, but the Buccaneers are tied for first in the league with only four touchdowns allowed through the air.

New Orleans (1-4) was off last week and picked up its first win of the season, 31-24 vs. the Chargers, in Week 5. Despite the poor record, the Saints have the NFL's best passing attack and rank fourth in the league in total offense. Quarterback Drew Brees has completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,720 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Date, time: Sun. Oct. 21, 1 p.m. ET

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.,


Odds: Tampa Bay +3

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