The Bucs had a HUGE win last week by beating the Rams 55-40 and they are now 2-2. The 55 points scored last week is a franchise record. The previous record was 48, which happened a few times, including the Super Bowl win over the Raiders. This week the Bucs travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in a division matchup. Here are 3 things the look for in this Sunday’s game. BTW…The game is at 1pm!!
1 – Teddy Bridgewater – The Saints backup quarterback is now the starter because Drew Brees hurt his hand earlier in the season and is not back yet. So, what has Bridgewater done in his 2 starts? He led the Saints to two wins over the Seahawks and Cowboys, which are two very good teams. Bridgewater was held under 200 yards passing in both of the those games, so if the Bucs can limit him throwing for a lot of yards the Bucs can win the game. The Bucs defense gave up over 500 yards passing last week to the Rams and that is what kept the game close. Oh, and the Saints have Michael Thomas, who is one the best wide receivers in the game.
2 – Alvin Kamara – Here we go again…another superstar running back for the Bucs defense to go against. This is the 4th one in a row after Christian McCaffrey (Panthers), Saquon Barkley (Giants) and Todd Gurley II (Rams). They held those three guys to a combined 63 rushing yards. So, the Bucs know how to stop the run, but its the passing that’s the problem. Kamara is a really good rusher, but he is also really good at catching the ball out of the backfield. The Bucs will need to be able to stop Kamara is order to win the game.
3 – The Saints Defense – They held the high powered Cowboys offense to only 10 points last week, but the week before they gave up 27 points and over 500 yards of offense to the Seahawks. Which Saints defense will show up on Sunday? We know that the Bucs can move the ball on the ground and through the air this season and they will need to be able to do that to beat the Saints. Jameis Winston threw for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns in last week’s win and Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber ran for a combined 88 yards. Jameis has done a good job not turning over the ball since week 1 (he threw a pick 6 last week) and he can’t turn the ball over this week.