3 Saints who need to step up against the Bucs this Sunday night

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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In their eighth game of the season, the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints will have to battle the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9.

The New Orleans Saints may have their biggest test of the season on Sunday night as they will travel to Tampa Bay in hopes of earning a season sweep of the inner division Buccaneers. It’ll be a far different Bucs team than they met Week 1.

Everything went right for the Saints in Week 1 when they hosted Tom Brady and the new look Buccaneers, but now that Tampa Bay has found it’s groove and added some new faces, the hype and intensity of this game has gotten even better.

The Bucs may line the field with former superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown for the first time this season. He isn’t expected to play the full amount of snaps, but his presence should still be a game-changer. it’ll make Michael Thomas’ availability even more important.

Some areas of the Saints roster have been considered weaknesses, but the Saints will need those areas to step up on Sunday if they hope to reclaim the division lead.