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)
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Re-Examining The Bucs

Heading into this game, the Bucs were generally considered the top team in the NFC, but that won’t be the case now.

However, should it be?

Sure, the Saints swept Tampa Bay, but they also lost to the Packers and Raiders, who the Bucs demolished. In the end, simply looking at head-to-head matchups and using the reasoning of “this team beat this team, so they’re better” is a poor process in a small sample-size sport.

As Chris Godwin gets healthier, Antonio Brown gets acclimated to the offense, and guard Ali Marpet returns from injury, I’m guessing the Bucs will get back on track offensively.

That’ll be the key for them, as relying on your defense is a poor strategy; good offenses beat good defenses, as we saw on Sunday. Even then, their defense remains one of the best in the NFL, so they can trust it to not cost them games; the same still cannot be said of the Saints

What if these team face-off again in the playoffs? It’s concerning that New Orleans has benefitted so much from success in unstable areas when they’ve played.

It’s one thing to beat Tom Brady twice in one season, but can you imagine having to beat him a third time after humiliating him in primetime? That’s certainly a scary thought, and if possible, here is hoping the Saints’ fate isn’t intertwined with the Bucs anymore.