But accusations flowed Thursday, as Bucs Coach Raheem Morris said the Saints had complained to the NFL that Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman was omitted from the report. The Saints made the call to the league headquarters in New York after seeing Freeman wearing padding on his thumb during an NFL Network interview, according to an item by Pat Yasinskas at espn.go.com.
In week six of last season the Buccaneers were gashed by Ivory, who rushed for 158 yards on fifteen carries for a whopping 10.5 yards per carry average — his coming out party of sorts — that brought him national attention.
New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Media Availability Thursday, November 03, 2011 Opening Statement:
Despite these facts, I love the Saints on Sunday afternoon. New Orleans’ three losses this year all have come on the road, against the Bucs, Packers and Rams. This is a different team playing in the Superdome. Drew Brees was interception-happy against St. Louis. This cat is usually a surgeon with his accuracy. I don’t see him falling short again.
After a tough loss last week to the Rams, the New Orleans Saints hope to bounce back this week as they prepare to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan joins Jason Horowitz to analyze this upcoming game.