Game notes and anecdotes
New Orleans now leads the all-time series with Tampa Bay, 21-14. The Bucs have still won seven of the last 12, but the Saints lead the series, 8-7, since it moved into the NFC South.
WR Antonio Bryant played in the 100th game of his NFL career on Sunday. He has played 23 of those 100 games as a Buccaneer. G Davin Joseph made his 50th career NFL start, all for the Buccaneers.
TE Kellen Winslow caught a team-high five passes for 29 yards. That gave him 47 receptions on the season, which ranks as the second-most prolific season by a Bucsí tight end in team history. The only tight end with more catches in a season for Tampa Bay was Jackie Harris, who had 62 in 1995.
The Buccaneers wore their red jersey/white pants uniform combination for the first time since October 19, 2008. Wearing that combo for the first time in six years, Tampa Bay beat Seattle, 20-10. Overall, the Bucs are 9-4 when wearing red over white.
Rookie FB Chris Pressley not only played in his first NFL game on Sunday, but he started it. Pressley opened the game at fullback in place of veteran Earnest Graham.
The Buccaneers took their opening possession 95 yards for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. That marked the teamís longest TD drive of the season in terms of both yards and time elapsed, as it chewed 6:55 off the clock. The teamís previous longs were an 84-yard TD drive against Dallas on Sept. 13 and a TD drive of 6:03 against Dallas later in the same game.
The Buccaneers declared the following eight players inactive prior to Sundayís game: WR Yamon Figurs, CB Mike Mickens, CB Elbert Mack, G Shawn Murphy, T James Lee, WR Brian Clark, DT Dre Moore and designated third quarterback Byron Leftwich. Mack was out due to injury.
T Jeremy Trueblood sustained a knee injury in the third quarter and did not return. Rookie T Demar Dotson saw his first regular playing time on the offensive line in his place.