New Orleans Saints 2018 Season: Quarter pole review

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 09: Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches the ball for a touchdown as Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints defends during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The Saints opened up the season at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was supposed to be the game to stop the streak of opening season losses.

Tampa was running out their second-string quarterback and there were multiple questions about their team, which finished at the bottom of the division last season.

The Bucs came out loaded and really took it to the Saints. The 48-40 score was not indicative of how lopsided the game seemed.

We got our first taste of the porous defensive backfield, and we were the first to experience “Fitz-magic”, as Ryan Fitzpatrick torched the Saints for 417 passing yards and accounted for 5 touchdowns.

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It seemed our expectations were a bit too high for this team. The defense we expected to be at least as good as last season was nowhere to be found.