Saints travel to Tampa for “do or die”

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TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver Donteea Dye #17 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drops a pass as defensive back Brian Dixon #20 of the New Orleans Saints defends in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

The Saints play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice in a span of 13 days. For the second meeting to mean something for the Saints faint playoff hopes, they must win the first meeting Sunday in Tampa Bay.

Wide receiver Willie Snead said the Saints, 5-7, need sharp execution against the Bucs.

Three Saints did not practice Wednesday. They are tight end Josh Hill (fibula), linebacker Craig Robertson (shoulder), and wide receiver Michael Thomas (foot).

The Saints have won 8 of the last 9 meetings against Tampa Bay.

Game time Sunday in Tampa is 3:25 pm Central Time.