These Buccaneers can wreck Week 2 for New Orleans Saints

Leigh Oleszczak
Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs
Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The New Orleans Saints battle for sole possession of first place in the NFC South this Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams took care of business in Week 1 and are tied atop the division standings entering Week 2 so that makes this game even more important.

Yes, we're still early in the season but this game could end up playing a major part in who wins the division. The Saints won it in 2020 despite Tom Brady being in the division but then, even despite knocking off the Bucs twice last year, still finished second in the NFC South to Tampa, who won the division by a large margin.

New Orleans hasn't flinched in this revived rivalry since Brady entered the division, going 4-0 against the Brady-led Bucs. They straight up embarrassed him the last time these two teams met up and while the Bucs are eventually going to get over the hump that is the New Orleans Saints, they haven't been able to so far.

For Tampa Bay to get their first regular-season win over the Saints since Brady joined the team, these three players have to put on a clinic and take it to the black and gold. Here are three Buccaneers who can wreck Week 2 for New Orleans.

All stats courtesy of ESPN

Leonard Fournette

While Fournette hasn't had much success against the Saints since joining the Bucs, he put on a show against the Cowboys in Week 1. The former LSU product rushed for 127 yards against the 'Boys on Sunday Night Football and looked like the player Saints fans were all too familiar with during his time in Baton Rouge.

Typically, a running back putting on that kind of performance wouldn't concern me considering how good the Saints defensive line has typically been at stopping the run but the unit didn't look good in Week 1. NOLA's d-line surrended over 200 yards rushing to the Falcons of all teams in Week 1 and Cordarrelle Patterson was able to do just about whatever he wanted to against them.

The Buccaneers will certainly make note of the Saints' run-stopping issues and they'll hand off to Fournette and the other running backs over and over again if it keeps working. It'll be important for the defensive line to step up and not allow for another big performance from a running back.

Devin White

Hey, another former LSU player! Devin White feasted against a banged up Cowboys offensive line in Week 1, notching two sacks and never looking back. He also led the team with eight tackles with seven of those being solo tackles.

White is a dangerous player and with how rusty the Saints o-line looked in Week 1, he could have another huge game again in Week 2. It'll be important for Jameis Winston to get the ball out quickly so that he isn't on his back throughout the game.

Tom Brady

Saints fans might roll their eyes considering how poorly Tom Brady has played against them since coming to the division two years ago but the guy has seven Super Bowl rings. I'm not going to exclude him from this list because, as the quarterback of the opposing team and a lock to make the Hall of Fame whenever he decides to retire, he can most definitely make this game miserable for the Saints. We've seen him do it to other teams countless times.

Brady wasn't great in the first game of the season but he didn't have to be. The Cowboys offense wasn't going to do anything without Dak Prescott so that took the pressure off of Brady to be his usual stellar self. He finished the game with 212 yards passing, one touchdown, and one interception while getting sacked twice and hit two more times.

While the injuries to the Bucs' o-line could make things more difficult for Brady, fans know that he is a pro at getting the football out quickly. That could spell for disaster for New Orleans if their pass rush is invisible like it was last week.

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These are the three Buccaneers who can make Week 2 miserable for the New Orleans Saints.

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