New Orleans Saints: 3 studs, 2 duds in dominant victory over Bucs

Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

For the second time this season and third time in a row, the New Orleans Saints took down their NFC South opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wearing clean all-white uniforms, the New Orleans Saints traveled down to the familiar Raymond James Stadium to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second time this season. Well, let’s just say history did, in fact, repeated itself.

The Saints came out on top.

Now 8-2, New Orleans is just a few more wins away from clinching the NFC South. With Carolina’s loss, the second-place team in the division is 5-5, and the Saints have the chance to make them 5-6 next week.

Overall, the effort from New Orleans was impressive.

What’s most important to note is that they forced them to work the ball around to various receiving threats. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans did not beat them, and that was a huge key entering this game with superstar cornerback Marshon Lattimore on the sideline nursing a hamstring injury.

On top of New Orleans carrying out their gameplan defensive, they put to the foot to the gas offensively after an atrocious week against Atlanta. Just three field goals last week, the Saints bounced back and put 34 points on the board in their Week 11 victory.

That said, let’s look into the key pieces, or lack thereof, in this 34-17 victory.