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- Aug 1, 1997
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- Lafayette, LA
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Week 1 and 13
vs. Tampa Bay on Sunday Sept. 7, noon (Channel-8)
at Tampa Bay on Sunday Nov. 30, noon (Channel-8)
Series history: Saints lead 19-13-0.
Last meetings: Bucs 27, Saints 23 (Dec. 2, 2007, at New Orleans); Bucs 31, Saints 14 (Sept. 16, 2007, at Tampa Bay).
Breakdown: The Saints open the season against the defending NFC South champion Bucs still smarting from a pair of defeats last year, including an especially gut-wrenching loss at the Superdome when Sean Payton's attempt at a trick play late in the game went horribly awry. The Bucs are led by Jeff Garcia, a quarterback who seems to play particularly well against New Orleans regardless of the uniform he's wearing. And don't forget wide receiver Joey Galloway, who annually piles up big stats against the Saints. The second meeting could determine the 2008 division champ. Full Story – Picayunehttp://www.nola.com/saints/t-p/index.ssf?/base/sports-4/1208323491243710.xml&coll=1