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Keys to the Game: Buccaneers vs. Saints

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Special Teams

Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) carries the ball against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

There have been zero special teams touchdowns scored for the Saints now in almost two seasons. That will be the case if the Saints fail to get one on Sunday. It’s a drought that we really hope ends, and there were a few times that I thought Darren Sproles was going to break a big return at least, but it simply hasn’t happened.

We were pleased that Shayne Graham was able to knock through his two field goal attempts last week of 40 yards and 24 yards, and we want to keep seeing it on Sunday. Graham kicked in some pretty rough field conditions last Sunday, so be sure to remember that depending on where the Saints fall after Sunday’s football games are over.

I think getting back Rafael Bush and Keyunta Dawson in this game will help a lot on coverage. The Saints haven’t exactly been torched in the special teams game, but to get them in action now for potential future matchups isn’t exactly a bad thing.

What to Watch For: The element of surprise. The Bucs have nothing to lose here, and are likely playing for Greg Schiano’s job. Whether that is a good or bad thing, we don’t even know. However, the bottom line is Schiano may be gone regardless of a win or loss. Why? You tell me how a coach is looked at when they go from 7-9 to finishing either 4-12 or 5-11. Schiano could be auditioning for his next spot in this game.

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