It’s that time again for the New Orleans Saints to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this time with Drew Brees back at quarterback.
The Saints are coming off an upset at Atlanta while the Buccaneers are coming off of a victory of the Cardinals.
Let’s look at some points to keep in mind before Sunday’s showdown.
First off, the headlining news this week for both teams is probably the secondary, specifically the cornerbacks. Vernon Hargreaves was just released by the Bucs leaving the Bucs with a not only depleted cornerback depth but, youth at the position.
As of right now, all of them were drafted in the last two years. Although there are reports of the team signing a veteran the team decided to promote from within.
For the Saints, keep a very close eye on Marshon Lattimore and his health this week. Why Marshon Lattimore’s health is important is because he’s an impact player. If you’ll recall, the last Bucs Saints matchup, he held Mike Evans to zero yards on zero receptions. Lattimore’s impacts were felt when he exited the game last week. If Marshon Lattimore plays look for Chris Godwin to potentially have a big game as he should see more opportunities.
Next, the last time these two teams met Drew Brees was not the quarterback. This time around Drew Brees will be back. Also, the Saints just got RB Alvin Kamara and TE Jared Cook, for the game against the Falcons.
The last time those two met they did hold Kamara under 100 yards though. The Buccaneers got OJ Howard back for the game against the Cardinals which means both teams are getting some key players back.
One final thing is the comparison between Mike Evans and Michael Thomas who are both star receivers and are number one for their teams respectively.
Going head to head Mike Evans actually leads in yards per reception, receiving yards and touchdowns but has played one more game than Michael Thomas. Michael Thomas leads in receiving yards per game and receptions in one less game than Evans.
My prediction is that I think the Saints are going to win. Drew Brees will take advantage of the young Bucs secondary and target them very often. The Saints probably won’t lose back to back games especially divisional games.
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