10 shining stars from Saints’ electrifying week 15 win vs. Buccaneers

Tom Brady (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints
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8. Marshon Lattimore

While this game was a different experience for Marshon Lattimore with Mike Evans injured for most of it, the former first-round pick still made his presence known. Lattimore nearly had a pick on the first Bucs’ throw of the game but it was ruled incomplete.

In the third quarter with the Bucs driving and looking to put points on the board for the first time in the game, Cameron Jordan stripped the football and Lattimore recovered the fumble, once again keeping Brady and the Bucs’ offense off the field.

Lattimore always seems to ball out against the Bucs and he did so once again in this one.

7. Easop Winston

With Deonte Harris now two games into his three-game suspension, the Saints have given return duties to Easop Winston, who flourished in the preseason. Winston has responded well to his new role and had a nice return in the first half that put NOLA at midfield. The return went for 34 yards and showed that Winston could have a future as a return man.

6. Blake Gillikin

Including Blake Gillikin on these kinds of lists seems like a weekly occurrence at this point and it’s because he’s really freaking good. Not only did the Saints punter continue to pin the Bucs deep but late in the fourth quarter, the Bucs stopped NOLA’s offense once again, forcing the good guys to punt.

Well, the Buccaneers roughed Gillikin and he celebrated getting run into on the play because he knew it’d help his team out. The Saints’ offense came back onto the field and it was pretty clear then how this game was going to end.

Parting ways with Thomas Morstead was sad but Gillikin has been so good and he’ll be one of the team’s MVPs by season’s end.