QB Matt Flynn - New Orleans Saints
|6-2, 230||Born: 6-20-1985||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 7|
Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. This is the first meeting between these NFC South rivals during 2016 - Tampa is currently tied with Atlanta for the lead in the NFC South with a 7-5 record, while New Orleans is third in the division at 5-7. This game has playoff implications for both squads. Drew Brees had an uncharacteristically bad game at home last week, with 31/44 for 326 yards, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown (and one sack taken for -7 yards). Despite the bad outing, though, Brees leads the NFL in passing yards (3,913), touchdown passes (30), completions (357), attempts (500) and completion percentage (71.4). One bad game does not a season make. Last week, Coby Fleener (seven targets for 5/86/0 receiving) and Brandin Cooks (nine for 7/73/0) were the leading receivers on the team, while Travaris Cadet (six for 5/53/0), Michael Thomas (five for 4/42/0) and Willie Snead (six for 2/38/0) were also heavily involved. The Buccaneers' pass defense averages 249.9 net passing yards allowed per game (15th in the NFL) with 22 touchdowns allowed vs. 11 interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 29 sacks (11th in the NFL) generated. From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Tampa has averaged 16.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-least in the NFL); and 16.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (also fourth-least); with 6.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (15th-least). Last week Philip Rivers posted 15/26 for 211 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -14 yards; two weeks ago Russell Wilson had 17/33 for 118 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions, with six sacks taken for -33 yards. The Tampa pass defense is really clamping down on the opposition entering December, folks. It's Drew Brees and he's likely your starter but this looks like a pretty tough matchup for the visiting Saints.
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