Saints vs. Buccaneers: Five brave predictions

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Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks down during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-11. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks down during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-11. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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With the lead, the Buccaneers intercept Drew Brees late in the game

Ok, here’s how the rest of this article will work: we’re going to predict exactly how the late game plays out. Starting here.

After three quarters of back and forth, the Buccaneers enter the 4th quarter up by 9. Brees has the ball. The Saints are marching.

Things are looking up for New Orleans. They may be down 10, but they’ve outgained the Buccaneers on the day. They’ve struggled to turn that into points, but things are looking to change. The chains are moving. Into Buccaneers territory. The 40. Down to the 30. Just outside the 20.

Cooks and Thomas line up to the right, Cooks in the slot. Thomas runs a post route, and Cooks runs a deep outside slant. The safety hesitates, decides to run with Thomas, who is for a second open. Cooks is isolated on his CB, and has the step. Brees takes the shot.

Intercepted!

Down 10, the Saints turn the ball over in the Buccaneers red zone. They can move the ball, but its starting to look like a doomed enterprise.

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