It kind of feels love it’s been perpetually because the Tampa Bay Bucs gained a video-game shootout towards the New Orleans Saints, 48-40, within the regular-season opener.
FILE PHOTO: Dec 2, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive again Andrew Adams (26) is congratulated as he intercepted the ball towards the Carolina Panthers all through the second one part at Raymond James Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports activities
When the 2 groups sq. off Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, the Saints (10-2) can be looking to clinch the NFC South whilst the Bucs (Five-7) can be looking to stay their contemporary streak of fine play, which led to consecutive victories, rolling.
“It feels love it’s been a protracted (time) in the past,” Saints trainer Sean Payton stated. “Clearly, so much’s taken position since then. We’ll be seeing a distinct quarterback on this recreation (Jameis Winston has changed Ryan Fitzpatrick). I believe there are some similarities relative to what the groups do scheme-wise, and but, in the course of the process the season there’s been damage, new avid gamers taking part in at other positions for each side. And a large sufficient hole to the place you’re gazing numerous different tape, no longer simply the tape of your previous recreation.”
Winston used to be serving the primary recreation of a three-game suspension for behavior adverse to the league when the Saints and Bucs met within the shootout Sept. nine within the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Given a variety of time to survey the sector, Fitzpatrick, continuously tagged as a journeyman quarterback, carved up the Saints secondary, finishing 21 of 28 passes for 417 yards and 4 touchdowns with out an interception. He used to be no longer sacked.
The Saints’ protection is taking part in at a far upper degree than it used to be in Week 1. Within the final 4 video games, the Saints have recorded 20 sacks. Within the first 8 video games, New Orleans had simplest 17 sacks.
“Week to week, we’ve observed growth,” Saints trainer Sean Payton stated of his protection. “And I believe the ones guys up entrance are doing a excellent activity. All 11 guys are attending to the soccer. They’re in search of turnover alternatives on each play. And simply as we cross down the stretch, with one quarter left in our season, the ones are encouraging numbers.”
After the outlet loss, the Saints reeled off 10 consecutive victories – the longest streak within the NFL this season – earlier than dropping 13-10 at the highway to Dallas final Thursday. The Saints have a four-game lead within the NFC South over the Four-Four Carolina Panthers and may just wrap up the department identify with a victory or a Panthers’ loss.
The Saints additionally need to be in contact with the Los Angeles Rams (11-1), who lately personal the No. 1 seed within the NFC.
“We’re coming off a difficult loss, and we’ve were given so much we’re taking part in for,” Payton stated. “When the season begins, some of the first objectives is win your department. So we’re taking part in for that. You then glance previous that. You’re taking a look to offer your self each alternative to get the most efficient conceivable place for those who’re a playoff group.”
The Saints may well be buoyed through the go back of beginning left take on Terron Armstead, who has neglected the final 3 video games with a pectoral damage. However receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) didn’t apply on Wednesday.
Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson (thumb) and defensive finish Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) didn’t apply Wednesday.
—Box Degree Media