Tampa Bay is determined to play at a high level against the New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP/WLOX) - As we all know, the 10 and 5 Saints excel inside the Superdome, running off a perfect 7 and 0 record.

Away from New Orleans, the Saints are only 3 and 5.

Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano knows his 4 and 11 Buccaneers will have pull out  all stops to beat the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans has dominated the opposition on the home turf.

Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano knows his team faces an uphill battle but they're heading to New Orleans with one goal in mind, upset the Saints.

Schiano said,"33 points at home, 18 on the road. Plus five in the take away at home, minus five on the road. They usually go hand-in-hand. There's no doubt they're 7 and 0 at home because of those numbers. We've got a tall order in front of us but one like I said, every guy in that locker room including upstairs and the coaches offices are excited about it and wanting to go down there and win that game."

The Las Vegas oddsmaker has tabbed the Saints a 12 1/2 point favorite over Tampa Bay.

Quarterback Drew Brees was back on the practice field Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session.  He told reporters that he's fine and suffered a bruise in Sunday's loss to Carolina and he had some swelling, so he decided to sit out and rest his knee on Christmas Day.

You can expect the Saints to give their all because a Falcons win over Carolina in Atlanta would give New Orleans the NFC South Division title and first-round bye in the NFC playoffs if the Saints knock off the Buccaneers.

The Panthers-Falcons game kicks off at noon on Sunday so by the time the Tampa Bay-New Orleans game hits the playing field at 3:25 p.m. Sunday, the Saints will know where they stand as far as the NFC South Division title.

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