Saints-Buccaneers scouting report

WHEN: Noon Sunday.

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans.

TV/RADIO: Fox/WTGE, 100.7-FM, WWL-AM, 870, 105.3-FM.

RECORDS: Bucs, 6-7; Saints: 5-8.

LAST WEEK: Bucs lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-21; Saints lost to the New York Giants, 52-27.

COACHES: Bucs, Greg Schiano, 1st season (6-7); Saints, Joe Vitt, 2nd season (7-11).

NFL RANKINGS

Offense (league rank in parentheses)

Points: Bucs, 27.2 (5); Saints, 26.8 (6).

Total yards: Bucs, 356.8 (14); Saints, 394.2 (3).

Rushing: Bucs, 118.9 (13); Saints, 96.1 (26).

Passing: Bucs, 237.9 (13); Saints, 298.1 (2).

Defense (league rank in parentheses)

Points: Bucs, 23.7 (20); Saints, 29.2 (30).

Total yards: Bucs, 389.8 (29); Saints, 436.9 (32).

Rushing: Bucs, 78.2 (1); Saints, 152.4 (32).

Passing: Bucs, 311.6 (32); Saints, 284.5 (30).

KEY PLAYERS

Bucs: QB Josh Freeman, RB Doug Martin, WR Vincent Jackson, DE Michael Bennett, LB Mason Foster, FS Ronde Barber.

Saints: QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, RB Mark Ingram, DE Cameron Jordan, WLB Jonathan Vilma, P Thomas Morstead.

BUCS SCOUTING REPORT

Offense: The Bucs offense is much improved over the past few seasons, mainly because of quarterback Josh Freeman a pair of newcomers — wide receiver Vincent Jackson and rookie running back Doug Martin. They rank 14th overall and are 13th in both rushing and passing.

Defense: It’s been the best of times and worst of times as they lead the NFL against at just 78.2 yards a game, but are last against the pass at 311.6 yards per game. But they can still get in done, especially with free safety Ronde Barber leading the group.

Special teams: Kicker Connor Barth is 17-of-19 from under 50 yards and has made six from beyond 50, while punter Michael Koenen is also solid in averaging 45.0 yards a kick. The Bucs haven’t been great at returning kickoffs, but the Saints struggled there last week.

BUCS FACTS

The Bucs have two former LSU players on their active roster — defensive end Pep Levingston, who was just signed off the practice squad Saturday, and linebacker Jacob Cutrera — as well as two Louisiana natives, defensive end Aaron Morgan (Amite) and tackle Demar Dotson (Alexandria). Dotson starts at right tackle. … Former Saints All-Pro left guard Carl Nicks is on injured reserve with a toe injury. … First-year defensive backs coach Ron Cooper coached LSU’s defensive backs from 2009-11. … The Saints lead the all-time series, 24-17, and are 11-10 vs. the Bucs since both teams joined the NFC South in 2002.

Compiled by Sheldon Mickles