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New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Bucs 09 15 2013 Game Preview

The New Orleans Saints start the 2013 regular season with a win against the Atlanta Falcons. Can the New Orleans Saints make it two in a row to get to 2 – 0? This article looks at that. There are additional links to resources to learn more about the New Orleans Saints below.

 

Who Dat Do Dat New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Bucs 09 15 2013 Game Preview
Who Dat Do Dat New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Bucs 09 15 2013 Game Preview

The New Orleans Saints started the season at home against their division rivals the Atlanta Falcons. The New Orleans Saints gave Sean Payton a win to welcome him back to the Mercedes Benz Dome to put the New Orleans Saints on top of the NFC South Division.

This week the New Orleans Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.  The Bucs started the season with a loss to the New York Jets and are in a three way tie for last in the NFC South. The Saints and the Bucs kickoff at 3:05 CT on Sunday 09 15 2013. The New Orleans Saint have a chance to start the regular season 2 – 0 for the first time since they did so in 2010.

In this division rivalry, the New Orleans Saints lead the series 25 – 17. Last season the New Orleans Saints swept the Bucs with a 41 – 0 win at home and a 35 – 28 win  in Tampa Bay.

The New Orleans Saints looked good on offense and improved on defense. The offense was able to overcome being down 17 – 13 in the 3rd quarter and the defense made a goal line stand to give the ball back to the offense with an interception in the end zone in Atlanta’s final drive of the game.

The New Orleans Saints offense looked like the offense of old with Drew as field general and Sean Payton calling the shots from the sidelines in his 7th season. Drew was an impressive 26 for 35 for 357 yards along with 2 TDs and 0 Ints to give Brees a passer rating of 113.6. Marques Colston quietly moved into first place as the New Orleans Saints all-time leading receiver and Darren Sproles had 140 all purpose yards.  Here are the receiving stats for the New Orleans Saints:

New Orleans Receiving – D. Sproles – 6 rec  88 yds    14.7 avg   0 TDs, K. Stills – 2 rec  86 yds   43.0 avg   0 TDs, M. Colston –  5 rec   68 yds   13.6  avg  1 TD, J. Graham – 4 rec    45 yds    11.3 avg    1 TDs, B. Watson    3 rec    31 yds    10.3 avg   0 TDs, L. Moore    2 rec    23 yds    11.5 avg   0 TDs, P. Thomas    4 rec    16 yds   4.0 avg   0 TDS
New Orleans Rushing – P. Thomas    9 car    43 yds    4.8 avg    0 TDs,  D. Sproles    8 car    22 yds    2.8 avg    0 TDS,   M. Ingram    9 car    11 yds    1.2 avg    0 TDS,    D. Brees    3 car    2  yds    0.7 avg    0 TDs

A couple of things jump out in those stats. The New Orleans Saints only rushed for 78 rushing yards and Mark Ingram struggled. While the passing game of the New Orleans Saints is their bread and butter, they have a greater degree of success when they rush for over 100 yards in a game. Time will tell if this gets better or will impact the success of the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 campaign.

 

The New Orleans Saints defense came off a record season that they would like to forget. The New Orleans Saints under Steve Spagnuolo had the worst season that any defense has had in the history of the NFL. The New Orleans Saints replaced Spagnuolo with former Dallas Cowboy defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, to switch to the 3-4 scheme. The New Orleans Saints had a much improved game even though they had a slow start. The Saints  forced 2 turnovers, one of which led to 6 points and another which clinched the winning score. Roman Harper was the leader for the defense against Atlanta. Harper had an interception and a fumble recovery in the season opener. The New Orleans Saints defense held the Falcons 3 of 11 on 3rd down conversions.  The goal line stand ending in a tipped ball by Kenny Vaccaro that was intercepted by Roman Harper won the game for the New Orleans Saints. Here is a summary of the defensive stats:

 

M. Jenkins    6 total tackles    4 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits,   K. Vaccaro    5 total tackles    5 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    1 passes defended    0 QB Hits, C. Lofton    5 total tackles    3 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, D. Hawthorne    4 total tackles    2 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    1 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, P. Haralson    4 total tackles    1 Solo Tackles    1 sacks    1 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    1 QB Hits, A. Hicks    3 total tackles    3 Solo Tackles    1 sacks    1 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    1 QB Hits, R. Harper    3 total tackles    2 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    1 passes defended    0 QB Hits, J. Greer    3 total tackles    2 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, C. Jordan    3 total tackles    0 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    1 QB Hits, C. White    2 total tackles    2 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, K. Lewis    2 total tackles    2 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, R. Bush    2    1 total tackles    0 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, P. Robinson    2 total tackles    1 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, J. Jenkins    2 total tackles    1 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, J. Galette    1 total tackles    1 Solo Tackles    1 sacks    1 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    1 QB hits, W. Herring    1 total tackles    1 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, K. Reddick    1 total tackles    1 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, M. Colston    1 total tackles    1 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    0 QB Hits, T. Johnson    1 total tackles    0 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    1 QB Hits, R. Humber    0 total tackles    0 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    1 passes defended    0 QB Hits, T. Walker    0 total tackles    0 Solo Tackles    0 sacks    0 tackle for loss    0 passes defended    1 QB Hits

The special teams play did not hurt the New Orleans Saints. Kicker Garrett Hartley was good on three out of three field goal attempts. Punter Thomas Morstead averaged 49.3 yards with 3 punts, and all of his six kickoffs went into the end zone for touchbacks.

The Buccaneers started the season losing to the New York Jets by a score of 18 to 17. The Bucs only gave up 304 total net yards. Josh Freeman was 15 out of 31 passes for 210 yards, 1 TD and 1 Int.  Running back Doug Martin rushed for 65 yards and wide receiver Vincent Jackson had 7 receptions for 154 yards.

This is a game that the New Orleans Saints should win if they play the way they played in the season opener. The wildcard is Darrelle Revis who, when he is at full speed, limits where the New Orleans Saints will be able throw the ball. The New Orleans defense should be able to handle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense.

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