Noteworthy: This is the second NFC South division game for the New Orleans Saints, with the Black and Gold sporting a 1-0 mark in the division. New Orleans held off Carolina last week for a 30-27 win over the Panthers. This week’s game at Tampa marks the third straight game away from the dome for the Black and Gold.
Until the Buccaneers got annihilated at San Francisco last week, this was an anticipated showdown for the NFC South lead. Tampa Bay has shown far too many deficiencies to be considered a serious threat to the Saints without some major corrections.
Weird stat of the weekend: While the Bucs have split their last four with the Saints, the oddity is that those two wins have come at the Superdome. Drew Brees must like the great outdoors. In Tampa, the Saints have won 38-7 and 31-6 in the last two years. Two reasons this one should be closer for the Bucs: embarrassment (after losing by 45 last week in San Francisco) and a better defensive line. It won’t be enough to hold down Brees. Saints, 30-23.
As a coach serving as his own defensive coordinator, Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris has a deep appreciation for how difficult it is to match wits with Sean Payton and the explosive New Orleans Saints offense led by Drew Brees.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is within one full season of one of the greatest marks in the NFL record book. Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 32 straight games, the third-longest streak ever.