Saints’ advantage No. 1: DEFENSE
In all honesty, the Saints’ defense and Bucs’ defense are equally ranked, and Bleacher Report had them at No. 3 and No. 2 in the league respectively. We’d argue the Saints have a leg up on their NFC South rivals based on their shrewd offseason moves for Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Maye, but we’d also say the Saints get this advantage based on recent history alone.
The Saints lost Marcus Williams and Malcolm Jenkins this summer but brought back nearly every other defender that played a part in that historic shutout of Tom Brady last season.
Defensive stalwarts like Cam Jordan, Demario Davis, and Marshon Lattimore make up the core of a truly special unit, one poised to be even more successful than last year. While the defense carried enormous expectations in 2021 due to NOLA’s lackluster offense, in 2022, Winston and his receivers should be able to take some pressure off of the Saints’ D.
And given previous performances, the Saints’ defense will do just fine against even a high-octane Bucs offense.
Ceedy Duce will feature in the starting lineup hoping to pick off more baby goats. Lattimore will lock down Mike Evans as he’s done for the last few years. New signing Tyrann Mathieu offers a wealth of experience in the backfield and should fit in seamlessly.
Watch out, Tom Brady. NOLA’s coming for you.