Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 2 preview: New Orleans Saints

The Saints, like Tampa, won their first game of the season, but they did it in a 1-point, come from WAY behind victory against Atlanta. They came back from 16 points down in the start of the fourth quarter, but let’s be honest, they should have never been down if we are comparing their talent level to Atlanta’s. The highly-touted Saints defense giving up 26 points and 420 total yards probably shocked some people.

Do you realize it has been almost 4 YEARS since the Bucs have beat the saints in a regular season matchup? The Saints have taken the last 7 straight games in this divisional rivalry. The last game we played against them Tampa Bay actually got shut out entirely. We can not look past this game and expect an easy win because nothing is guaranteed in this game.

Well, due to injuries along our offensive line and their proven pass rush ability, our offensive game plan will likely be centered around establishing the run, short to medium passes, and occasional deep shots where we keep our running backs beside Brady to block.

I know that’s not the most exciting gameplay in the world, but these guys generate a lot of pressure and use that to create turnovers, and with our depleted offensive line, we have to play smart. Keeping Tom Brady upright is not only key to this game, but our season hinges on it. The good thing about that, is that is exactly where Atlanta’s offense excelled against the Saints.

Cordarelle Patterson was able to break free for 120 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. If our running backs can see similar success, we know Brady can be lethal getting through his progressions quickly and diagnosing a defense. Our biggest key will be being able to sustain the protection around Brady, particularly if his blindside protector, Donovan Smith, is unable to go due to the elbow he hyperextended in last week’s game against Dallas.