Analyzing the New Orleans Saints stunning blowout win over Tampa Bay

Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Caveats

The final score may have read “38-3”, but I’m not quite sure that the score was as legitimate as it may have seemed.

For starters, New Orleans not only benefitted from third-down luck on both sides of the ball but also forced three turnovers. That’s obviously the goal of defenses, but when they come in the form of a batted pass and miscommunications, that is more of a turnover induced by the offense than the defense.

Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski dropped a touchdown, Tampa Bay failed to score from the one-yard line, and New Orleans’ two giveaways didn’t come back to bite them. Heck, even the touchdown to Tre’Quan Smith came immediately after Brees’ near interception.

Sometimes, everything goes your way, and you have to take advantage.

As a team that has dealt with a lot of poor late-season luck, the Saints are aware of being on the other end of this. It just so happens to be they’ve been on the right side of variance in each of their meetings with Tampa, which have been their two biggest matchups of the season so far.

Hey, considering all the bad breaks New Orleans has had in the past, they certainly aren’t apologizing!