October 21, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) defends Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to Keys to the Game!
It’s amazing how much difference a week makes. Suddenly the Saints are skyrocketing in power rankings, analysts are suddenly drinking the Kool-Aid, and it’s just been a week.
Fox Sports Week 1 Rank: #16, Week 2 Rank: #12 (+4)
ESPN Week 1 Rank: #13, Week 2 Rank: #8 (+5)
CBS Week 1 Rank: #11, Week 2 Rank: #6 (+5)
NFL.com Week 1 Rank: #18, Week 2 Rank: #7 (+11)
I’m guessing everyone’s thinking of the last time these two met in the Dome, where the Saints pitched their first shutout since 1995, and won the game 41-0. I’d beg to differ. The last time these two faced off in Tampa, the Saints escaped with a 35-28 victory. It was Week 6….Jonathan Vilma returned to the lineup, the Saints were minus Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees did all his work in the first half (20/25, 4TD, 313 Yards), Malcolm Jenkins saved a touchdown, and the Saints defensive squad came up with a goal line stand. In Tampa, there’s no telling what will happen.
This Sunday, the Saints travel southeast to take on the rival Bucs.
When: Sunday, September 15, 2013 @ 3:05PM CST
Where: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay, FL)
Broadcast: FOX (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, & Eric Andrews)
Watch/Listen: Local New Orleans (FOX 8 – WVUE), Local Broadcast 105.3FM/AM870 (WWL Radio – Jim Henderson, Hokie Gajan, Kristian Garic)
Record & Last Game: Saints (1-0); W vs. Atlanta 27-13 | Bucs (0-1); L @ NY Jets 18-17