Number Three: Failing to Score from the Jump
One of the most important things to do when playing a talented team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is scoring early and often, however, the Saints did not manage to get that done on Sunday night.
New Orleans was in a position to score a touchdown on their first two drives but had to settle for field goals instead.
The Saints ended their first drive on the Tampa Bay five-yard line after being in outstanding field position following a lethal punt return by Deonte Harris.
While the team was still super amped up following Harris’ punt return, it would have been much better if they could have capitalized with a touchdown rather than a field goal. It’s also good to note that Harris being ruled out in the first half was brutal.
The points the Saints failed to put on the board would have been crucial down the stretch when the Bucs were able to make adjustments on the way the Saints were playing.
Many things contributed to New Orleans’ loss, but these costly drives and momentum changes were the main reason the Saints’ season ended on Sunday night.