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By JOANNE KORTH
Published November 2, 2003

The Bucs have never lost consecutive games under coach Jon Gruden, following each of their seven losses with a victory. This season, they have not won consecutive games, either.

Will they make it two in a row today against New Orleans?

Last week, the Bucs got their first home victory of the season, 16-0 against the Cowboys. Today, there is plenty of incentive against the Saints, NFC south rivals who beat the Super Bowl champions twice last season.

"There are a lot of factors to why this is a big game for us," tackle Roman Oben said.

"There's last year, it's a conference game and we want to win two in a row."

SACK MASTERS

With a sack today, the Bucs can tie the NFL record of 68 consecutive games with at least one, set by the Dallas Cowboys from 1976-80. The next longest active streak is 22, by the New York Giants.

BY THE NUMBERS

8 - Saints turnover margin.

5 - Saints interceptions.

10 - Saints fumbles.

48 - Consecutive games with a takeaway by the Bucs defense.

SMALL WORLD

Saints coach Jim Haslett played for Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin from 1984-85 when Kiffin was the linebackers coach for the Buffalo Bills. In 1985, Haslett recorded a career-high 170 tackles.

OFF LIMITS

No self-respecting Bucs fan would be caught dead eating crawfish today. The tasty crustacean is a delicacy in N'Awlins, where they serve 'em with the heads on. In fact, that's two good reasons to abstain.

THE LAST WORD

"Revenge is never a factor."

- Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson, on having lost twice to the Saints last season.

[Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]

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  • Pac-10: Cardinal upset brings UCLA back to pack
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  • Big XII: Texas gives Nebraska taste of its medicine
  • SEC: Arkansas survives in 7 OTs

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  • In brief
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  • NBA
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