The New Orleans Saints had a great opportunity to increase their division lead last weekend against the St. Louis Rams. After having a bye week last weekend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to take on the Saints again this season.
The Saints are hoping to come back from a devastating loss after the Rams defeated them 31-21. They are going to try to get even with the Bucs after last’s month loss to them. The Saints have control of the NFC division, but the Bucs are not too far behind.
New Orleans defeated the Indianapolis Colts 62-7, and going into last weeks game they shocked everyone when the Rams took over. The Saints were never in the game trailing behind 24-0 in the third quarter to a team that could not score more than 16 points the game before.
The Saints saw their lead drop to one-half game over Tampa Bay (4-3) and Atlanta, which were both idle last week. The Bucs could be alone on top with a win Sunday or could share first place with the Atlanta Falcons if they will also. The thing is the Bucs already beat the Falcons.
Tampa Bay may have a good shot at winning if running back LeGarrette Blount returns after missing two games with a sprained MCL in his knee. Blount could put up some good numbers against a New Orleans run defense ranked 24th in the NFL with an average of 124.1 yards allowed.
Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees had a season-worst three interceptions in the last game against the Bucs. He did throw for 383 yards though. The Bucs failed to sack Brees in that game, but the Rams definitely sacked him six times Sunday.
First round pick Mark Ingram, who leads the team with 329 rushing yards and three touchdowns was unable to play last game due to a right heel injury. He did not practice with the team Wednesday, and is likely to be unavailable for this game as well.
The Bucs have taken three of four from the Saints as Josh Freeman has thrown for five touchdowns and been picked off just twice. He threw for a season high 303 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in last month’s game against the Saints. Freeman is looking to come back harder after having a season-worst four interceptions against the Chicago Bears.
It is no longer the beginning of the season, and everyone has to come ready to play. The Saints and the Bucs are both ready to take on each other again in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this time. Tampa Bay has won its last two visits in the Superdome, but the Saints are 3-0 at home this season. What will it be, and who will be on top of the NFC South division? Watch Sunday as the Bucs and the Saints compete for the number one spot.
About the Author
Written by Brooke Adams
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am currently a senior at Xavier University of Louisiana. I am majoring in communications (broadcasting). I write for the school newspaper as well as write for the newscast. I am a reporter for XTV news. I hope to one day be a sports reporter for a professional sports team or work as a sports reporter for a news station.