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Questions for TB/NO

Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 p.m.

Coming off the bye and following the season-ending injury to QB Chris Sims, the Buccaneers are an unknown going into their game against the

QB Bruce Gradkowski is making his first NFL start.  Will he be able to hit WR Joey Galloway with the deep ball?  Will he be forced to look for WR Michael Clayton more?  How about fast-asleep TE sleeper Alex Smith?

What wouldn't surprise me is to see RB Cadillac Williams double his season-to-date production of 42/107 - if the Tampa Bay defense can keep the game close enough to allow its offense the leeway to run that many times.

If not for the QB question, then the focus would be on Cadillac, who finds himself in the same spot Dolphins' QB Daunte Culpepper was last week - on the verge of being benched by his fantasy owners.

Against a Bucs defense that allows 170 yards rushing per game, do not be surprised to see either Deuce McAllister or Reggie Bush beak the
100 yard barrier.

Can QB Drew Brees produce against a Bucs defense ranked 5th overall against the pass, and, with two weeks to prepare, will WR Marques Colston be shut down?

Will MLB Alfred Fincher pass RB Deuce McAllister in tackles this week?