The Bucs got back on the winning side of things after beating the Cardinals last week. They are now 3-6 and they host the NFC South leading, New Orleans Saints, this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The Saints are coming off a loss to the Atlanta Falcons, who are the last place team in the division. The Bucs lost to the Saints 31-24 in their Week 5 matchup. The quarterback that day was Teddy Bridgewater, but the Bucs will have to deal with Drew Brees for this week’s game. Here are 3 things to look at in this Sunday’s 1pm game for the Bucs to win.
1 – Drew Brees. The future Hall of Famer is back from an injury after missing 5 games. This will be his third game back and he is coming off a bad game. The Falcons beat the Saints 26-9 and Brees didn’t throw a touchdown in the game. He was also sacked six times. Brees has been successful against the Bucs in the past, and the secondary will be tested for another week. Look for Brees to throw early and often and don’t be surprised if Brees puts up big numbers.
2 – Alvin Kamara. The Saints running back has the ability to change a game, but the Bucs did a good job against Kamara in their first matchup. The held him to 62 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving. The Bucs still own the #1 rushing defense in the league, so stopping him from catching the ball and doing damage is important.
3 – Michael Thomas. The Saints #1 wide receiver will look to put up big numbers against the Bucs again. In their Week 5 matchup Thomas had 11 catches for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. If the Bucs have any chance of winning they have to limit Thomas. The Bucs secondary got a little thinner this week when the let go of starting cornerback, Vernon Hargreaves III. So, look for Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting to replace him.
"In two-minute situations and bringing us from behind, he's been excellent."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 13, 2019
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"I'm big on consistency, week to week, year by year. You have to be your best self as much as you can because that's what people remember."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 13, 2019
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