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Saints, Bucs in Week 9: observations from the cheap seats

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 05: Alvin Kamara /
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The Brees sleeve

We all saw it… there was no official word of any injury to Brees, but he was wearing an arm sleeve all week in practice, and wore it in the game. Brees claims it’s for compression and comfort. If it’s never been there before, why is it just comfortable today? Hopefully it’s truly nothing. It didn’t seem to bother him in the game as he unleashed several passes over 50 yards in the air.

Armstead injury

Terron Armstead did not start the game at left tackle. Andrus Peat moved to that spot and Josh LeRibeus started at left guard. Armstead came into the game during the second series. He was seen on the sidelines during the first series’ of the game getting attention to his rib/chest area. He came out during the Saints last real drive of the half and never returned to the game, though he was on the sidelines.

Defensive alignments

The Saints opened the game in a 4-3 base defense. That’s unusual because they’ve employed the 3 safety look very regularly this year. Apparently they knew from film that Winston wasn’t able to throw well and they were playing the run, forcing Winston to beat them with his arm.

Between the pressure on him and stuffing the run all game, the Saints made life hard for Winston. They did bounce back into their normal defense once they took the 16-3 lead, but moved fluidly between the 2 and 3 LB look.

Wil Lutz, defender

For the second week in a row, Wil Lutz got a bit beat up making a play. When the PAT after the first Saints touchdown was blocked, Lutz was in the tackling pile. He was a bit shaken up after that (though never looked at for a concussion). Punter Thomas Morstead handled kickoff duties immediately after that, but Lutz returned to all his normal duties for the next time he was needed.