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Friday, Apr 18, 2014
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Bucs hot reads: Rush D stingy near goal line

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Did you know?

Only five teams have yielded fewer rushing touchdowns than the Bucs heading into the season finale:

Team Rushing TDs allowed

Seattle Seahawks 4

Carolina Panthers 4

Arizona Cardinals 5

Cincinnati Bengals 6

Baltimore Ravens 6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8

Buffalo Bills 8

Quote of the day

“It’s been pretty united throughout this turmoil, and that’s something to be said for the men in this organization.”

— Bucs WR Vincent Jackson on how the team stuck together through adversity

Stat of the day

Jimmy Graham of the Saints can set an NFL single-season record for tight ends Sunday if he registers his seventh 100-yard game of the year.

Injury report

For the Bucs, S Mark Barron (hamstring) and LBs Dekoda Watson (groin) and Ka’Lial Glaud (knee) are questionable. G Carl Nicks (foot) is out and LB Lavonte David (elbow), G Davin Joseph (knee) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) are probable.

New Orleans listed nine players as probable — QB Drew Brees (knee), WR Marques Colston (back), G Jahri Evans (knee), RB Pierre Thomas (eye), LBs Kevin Reddick (shoulder) and Keyunta Dawson (calf), TE Josh Hill (hamstring), T Terron Armstead (shoulder) and S Rafael Bush (ankle).

By the numbers

10: Takeaways by the Bucs through the first seven games.

21: Takeaways by the Bucs in the last eight games.

76: Receptions by Pierre Thomas of New Orleans, tops among all NFL running backs.

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