It's a battle for first place in the NFC South Sunday at the newly named Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as the New Orleans Saints (5-3), coming off a stunning loss to the woeful St. Louis Rams last week, host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3), rested and refreshed after their bye week. A week after dismantling the Indianapolis Colts 62-7, New Orleans fell behind 24-0 to the Rams in St. Louis, eventually falling 31-21 in perhaps the biggest upset of the NFL season so far.
The Buccaneers could be bolstered Sunday by the return of LeGarrette Blount from injury, a much needed boost for a Tampa Bay running game that lost Earnest Graham for the season to a torn Achilles tendon. The Saints rush defense ranks just 24th in the NFL, allowing an averaged 124.1 yards a game. In fact, Graham gained over 100 yards in the teams' previous meeting this year, a 26-20 Tampa Bay victory.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, November 6; 1:00pm EST
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
National: FOX (Dick Stockton, John Lynch)
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Buccaneers: WDAE 620 AM, WFUS 103.5 FM
Saints: WWL AM 870
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