The New Orleans Saints will be facing a defense that’s given up over 100 points in four weeks and must find the end zone if they hope to win the game.
Last week was ugly on the offensive side of the ball. The New Orleans Saints managed just four field goals, three of which were in the first half. They managed just three second-half points, and that will be unacceptable in Week 5.
This will be the Saints’ first divisional matchup of the season. They’ve yet to take on the Atlanta Falcons or Carolina Panthers but will share the field with the 2-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
The Bucs have the most potent offense in the division. So far this season, they’ve averaged over 30 points per game. No other team in the division averages over 20 so this game certainly has shootout written all over it.
Even if this isn’t a shootout, the Bucs will find a way to put points on the board. This means that the Saints must find a way to do the same. Being led by Teddy Bridgewater, not Drew Brees, they’ve yet to find a rhythm with the backup-led offense.
Bridgewater has yet to throw for over two touchdowns in a game. He’s also failed to notch over 200 yards. If the Saints are going to have a chance in Week 5, they’ll need Bridgewater to produce at least a few touchdowns.
Alvin Kamara will be the game’s real superstar. However, he’ll also have his work cut out for him. The Bucs have been dominant against superstar running backs.
They held Todd Gurley to 16 yards. Before leaving the game, Saquon Barkley had 12 touches and under 50 yards. Even Christian McCaffrey was locked down to just 53 all-purpose yards just a week after putting up over 200.
The Saints have been able to rely upon the versatile Kamara in the past, and they’ll need a huge performance from him against the Bucs. Even Michael Thomas, who hasn’t been as dominant without Drew Brees, needs to show up and show off.
This offense must produce after being held without a touchdown in Week 4.
Offensively, they’ve scored ten field goals and eight touchdowns this season. They need more from this offense. Let’s hope they get it in Week 5.