Saints: 2 winners and 2 losers from a dominant win against TB

TAMPA, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 08: Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints hands off to Dwayne Washington #24 during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 08: Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints hands off to Dwayne Washington #24 during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Winner – Michael Thomas

The Saints haven’t had Michael Thomas since the last time they played the Buccaneers in the first game of the year. Whether by injury or disciplinary action, Thomas has missed seven straight weeks of action approaching Week 9.

I projected in a long-shot projections post that Thomas would have over 10/100. While I was not 100% correct, Thomas did have a great first game back. He ended up catching 5 receptions for 51 yards on Sunday night.

That doesn’t look like a lot, but he was hindered by the fact that the Saints were blowing out the Buccaneers. He was also hindered by the fact that Brees threw at least one pass to twelve different receivers throughout the night.

Thomas did lead the black and gold in receptions (by one over Emmanuel Sanders) and in yards (by 11 over Deonte Harris). For that reason, especially in his first game back, Thomas was a huge winner and will be a winner for games to come.

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