Saints-Bucs Post Game RECAP and Analysis
Saints are back in the Dome for just the second time all season and on this Halloween they welcomed Tom Brady and the divisional rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers to town. How would the Saints do against their division foe? Let’s get into a quick recap.
Both teams would go scoreless on their opening drives. Bucs on their second drive rolled down the field thanks to of course Tom Brady and also WR Chris Godwin for a 12 yd score to put the Bucs up 7-0.
Next Saints drive would be an interesting one nonetheless. Saints would march down the field with the help of the running game from Alvin Kamara, good ole Mark Ingram, and also Jameis Winston helped with a few scrambles too. The drive would end with a Jameis Winston pass to WR Tre’Quan Smith for a 16 yd TD to tie the game.
The Bucs and Saints for the next 2-3 drives would end in punts until the Saints would get within K Brian Johnson’s range for 23 yd FG to make it a 10-7 game.
Later on in the half QB Jameis Winston would leave the game with an injury after a tackle from LB Devin White. Third string QB Trevor Siemian would play in his spot the remainder of the game. The extent or severity of the injury is still to be know. As of now reports are saying its a knee injury. Winston was carted to the locker room
The Saints’ next drive with Trevor Siemian ended in a TD pass to FB Alex Armah and give the Saints a 16-7 lead at the half.
The Saints would get the ball to start the half and would fire on all cylinders and end the drive on an Alvin Kamara score to bring the game to 23-7. But even with that lead Tom Brady had other plans.
Tom Brady charged the Bucs up and brought them within 2 points of the lead in the fourth with a score 29-27 Saints lead.
Bucs last possesion would be a game clinching pick-6 from Saints CB PJ Williams.
Saints as banged and bruised they were won this game on Halloween 36-27. Saints play at home against the Falcons with questions at QB now looming.
Coming into this game the Saints still have many glaring question marks on the offensive side of the ball. The one thing that sticks out is the offensive rankings. The Saints currently rank 29th in total offense which is worse in the Sean Payton era. The lowest before in the Payton era was 13 back in 2007.
The lowest the Saints ever ranked in total offense was back during the 2005 Katrina season when they ranked 31st during the Jim Haslett era, but if you put an asterik next to that season then the next lowest was the 1997 season when the offense ranked 30th under the tutelage of Mike Ditka.
The Saints have to make a move before the trade deadline to improve the offensive side of the ball. On the offensive end there is needs at the WR and TE position. Getting Mark Ingram back solves the RB2 problem.
With the possibility of Jameis Winston being out a few weeks and also the possibility Taysom Hill may be back to fill the reigns the Saints if you ask me should start suiting rookie QB Ian Book up.
Saints got lucky in this game, but all credit and props go to Demario Davis and this stout Saints defense. Next week against Atlanta should be an easy task, but as we all know rivalry games are close and Matt Ryan isn’t nothing to write off.
Will be interesting to see what happens going forward.