Breaking down how the New Orleans Saints’ offense performed against the Bucs
The finishing touches
Another thing that I think is a concern for the Saints is the inconsistent timing between Brees and receivers outside of Thomas.
As I expect teams to commit more resources to stopping Thomas, it will be crucial for the likes of Tre’Quan Smith, Jared Cook, and Ted Ginn to be able to make plays reliably. That is still a huge question mark as we enter Week 12.
Something that I would like to see more of are crack tosses and jet sweeps.
Crack tosses are used pretty regularly by the Saints but as they are frequently successful I think it would be wise to use them more often. I haven’t seen the Saints use jet sweeps much but in the game against the Bucs they ran one that resulted in a TD, which was called back.
Overall, I think the game against the Bucs was a very typical performance of the Saints’ offense: lots of motions and shifts, lots of different formations and personnel groupings (last season the Saints scored TD’s from the greatest number of personnel groupings), lots of quick passes, superior time of possession, high third-down conversion percentage, and a 100 yard game from Michael Thomas.