Bucs-Saints Preview

September 7 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the 2002 regular season at home against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. This will be the first time the Bucs and Saints play as members of the NFC South Division. PewterReport.com has the Bucs-Saints preview.

MATCHUP: New Orleans Saints (0-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4:15 p.m. ET.

TELEVISION: FOX

RADIO: WQYK, Flagship station (99.5 FM, 1010 AM)

TV PLAY-BY-PLAY: Kenny Albert and Tim Green

RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY: Gene Deckerhoff and Scot Brantley

LAST WEEK: New Orleans concluded the preseason by knocking off the Indianapolis Colts on the road, 25-21. Saints rookie wide receiver Donte' Stallworth had 91 yards receiving.

Tampa Bay escaped Houston with a 17-13 win last Friday night. The Bucs special teams and defense each scored a touchdown for the Pewter Pirates.

PRESEASON: The New Orleans Saints finished the 2002 preseason with a 3-1 record. The Saints lost to the Texans and defeated the Dolphins, Bengals and Colts.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2002 preseason with a 3-1 record. They had victories against the Dolphins, Jaguars and Texans. The Bucs lost to the Redskins.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: The Bucs and Saints clashed in December last season at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay dominated New Orleans on their way to defeating the Saints, 48-21. The Bucs rushed for 147 yards and intercepted Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks four times.

BUCS-SAINTS SERIES: The Saints lead the all-time regular season series with the Bucs, 13-7. Tampa Bay has posted a 3-4 record against New Orleans at home.

BUCS ON OPENING DAY: Tampa Bay has an overall opening-day record of 11-16. They've won two consecutive opening day contests, but both were on the road. The Buccaneers have won four of its five home openers at Raymond James Stadium. The team's only loss came in 1999 when the Bucs lost to the visiting New York Giants.


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