Brees, Saints find margin for error in rout of Buccaneers

Nov 08, 2017, 00:31
Brees, Saints find margin for error in rout of Buccaneers

Buccaneers: Host the New York Jets on Sunday. The Saints looked destined for major changes in the off-season after the first two games of the regular season. He sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder on October 15 at Arizona, and he landed hard on the shoulder when he was sacked in the final minute of the first half against the Saints.

PASSING DOWNTURN: Tampa Bay arrived in New Orleans with the NFL's second-ranked passing game, but managed only 113 yards through the air against a Saints secondary featuring rookies Lattimore and safety Marcus Williams, along with and second-year cornerback Ken Crawley and second-year safety Vonn Bell.

It will be the first missed start for Winston, who started all 40 games since the Buccaneers used the first pick of the 2015 National Football League draft on him. Now, Brees is able to be more flexible and efficient, and each Saints win this season has been a team effort. Tampa Bay (2-6) lost its fifth consecutive game.

On Sunday, Winston completed 7-of-13 for 63 yards with no touchdowns or no interceptions. Drew Brees (22 of 27 for 263 yards), also threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. early in the third quarter as New Orleans took a 30-3 lead.

The Saints' defense suffocated the anemic Tampa Bay offense in the first half. The offense produced 88 yards in the first half, a total the Saints surpassed with a 93-yard drive right after the Bucs pulled within 9-3 on a 50-yard field goal. Place-kicker Wil Lutz said he'd never been hit so hard as he was when the Bucs blocked his extra point try after Hardee's touchdown, and even Brees missed a wide-open Ginn early for what could have easily been an 87-yard touchdown bomb. The ball then bounced high and behind Anger, allowing Hardee to run under it practically in stride and glide into the end zone. Tampa Bay's bye week was supposed to land in Week 11, but Hurricaine Irma pushed it up to Week 1, when the Dolphins game was rescheduled.

Kamara atoned for his miscue late in the half. Kamara, who also scored on a 6-yard run, did most of the work on his TD reception, thrilling the Superdome crowd with a waving, tackle-slipping run after his short catch. The Bucs then lost defensive end William Gholston to a neck injury that caused almost a 10-minute delay before he was taken off on a stretcher.

On Sunday, the Saints made the freefalling Bucs pay dearly on the scoreboard.

As quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick gets ready to make his first start as a Buccaneer.