The 1-3 Buccaneers will travel to New Orleans on Sunday to face the 1-3 Saints, a team that is “not a very good football team.” At least that’s what the Saints are saying.
“We have to be realistic right now with ourselves. Right now, we’re not a very good football team,” Saints left tackle Zach Strief told ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett after the team’s 38-17 loss at Dallas. “You’re glad it’s the fourth game of the year, and it’s not just decided – it’s the 15th (game), and you were a bad team. But, right now, we’re a bad team.”
Well, the Saints aren’t all bad. The Drew Brees-led offense ranks third in the NFL in yards per game with 425.8, and is 10th in points scored with 23.8 per game. But it’s Rob Ryan’s defense, which ranked in the top 5 a year ago, that has fallen off in 2014. While Tampa Bay has the league’s 31st-ranked scoring defense, allowing 29.8 points per game, New Orleans ranks 28th, and is surrendering 27.5 points per game and 396 yards per game, which ranks also ranks 28th in the NFL.
With the Bucs offense showing some improvement behind Mike Glennon’s 302-yard, two-touchdown performance in Sunday’s win at Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay’s passing game could continue to click in the Bayou as the Saints are surrendering 278.5 yards through the air, which is tied with Tampa Bay for 28th in the NFL.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brees is going to have a field day with our secondary. I hope Lovie can come up with a good gameplan otherwise it could get ugly.
Three other teams have beaten the mighty Saints. Brees is the key. Get in his face and he’ll throw a couple of interceptions because he’s so cocky. Had the Saints beat last year if not for a bad call on Claiborn and a coach who didn’t know how to seal the victory that was in our hands.
Difficult….not impossible. Victory over the Steelers on the road was just what this team needed.
Saints are ripe for the picking. However, like us being embarrassed the week before, they’ll be at their best at home Sunday. We can’t go down 0-3 in our division, and have a chance to win it. Biggest game of the season for both teams. If Glennon can get a win there in N.O., I’m taking Q.B. off the board in the first round.
Definitely a must win if the Bucs hope to have any chance to compete in a really crappy division.
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