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NFL Network analyst James Jones makes a shocking prediction for the Saints-Bucs game

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By Colin Liotta | Bucs Wire

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers halted their four-game losing streak last Sunday by taking down the Arizona Cardinals, but didn’t have time to celebrate long.

With their season still on life support at 3-6, the Buccaneers will now face the challenge of trying to take down the New Orleans Saints, who sit atop the NFC South at 7-2.

The Saints are coming off a stunning home loss in Week 10 to the Atlanta Falcons, which dropped them to 7-2, meaning they still sit behind the San Francisco 49ers (8-1) in the race for the top spot in the NFC. A Drew Brees-led offense playing in desperation mode can only spell bad news for the Buccaneers, who have the league’s worst pass defense.

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4 reasons the New Orleans Saints will defeat the Buccaneers in Week 11

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By Skyler Carlin | Clutch Points

The New Orleans Saints will be traveling to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. The Saints are looking to avenge their surprising loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10.

Last week, New Orleans was heavily favored at home versus the 1-7 Falcons. Despite all of the signs pointing towards the Saints blowing out the Falcons, Atlanta was able to pull off the upset by the score of 26-9.

Even with the loss, the Saints still sit atop the NFC South with a 7-2 record. While New Orleans holds a comfortable two-game lead, they will look to get back on track offensively against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Buccaneers currently have a 3-6 record under Bruce Arians and always tend to give the Saints a tough game every year. With that being said, here are four reasons why the Saints will defeat the Buccaneers in Week 11.

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P.J. Williams' stats in covering the slot versus lining up outside

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Marshon Lattimore may be the most important player on the New Orleans Saints defense, but they’ll be without him on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lattimore injured his hamstring last week versus the Atlanta Falcons and missed practice throughout the week, with New Orleans ruling him out for their road game in Tampa. When Lattimore is playing at his best, there isn’t a receiver in football who can beat him — including Falcons superstar Julio Jones and Buccaneers big-play threat Mike Evans.

So the Saints have to adapt to life without him, at least temporarily. That means a change of responsibilities for starting slot corner P.J. Williams, who slides into Lattimore’s spot. While he’s definitely best suited to defending routes from the inside, Pro Football Focus charting over the last few years suggests Williams is hardly helpless when lined up outside.

When defending the slot in his last 24 games (including the playoffs), Williams has allowed 68 of 102 passes (66.7%) thrown into his coverage to be completed, gaining 810 yards (11.9 yards per catch). He’s forced 11 incomplete throws (11.8% of his total targets) in that time. That’s a passer rating allowed of 103.0.

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All eyes are on Marshon Lattimore on first Saints injury report

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By Kade Kistner | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in a Week 11 NFC South showdown. This will be the second matchup between the two teams, the first being a 31-24 Saints victory in Week 5.

The injury report this week will be crucially important as all eyes will be on cornerback Marshon Lattimore after a hamstring injury during Week 10. Lattimore has proven to be the best secondary player on the Saints defense, and with Buccaneer’s wideout Mike Evans lurking, an additional challenge has been wrinkled in to the Saints’ game plan.

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Could Teddy Bridgewater be the Buccaneers quarterback in 2020?

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By Colin Liotta | Bucs Wire

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter Sunday looking to avenge their Week 5 loss, when New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater torched the Bucs secondary for 314 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 New Orleans win.

This week, however, Bridgewater will be watching from the sideline now that incumbent starter Drew Brees is back from a thumb injury.

While the Buccaneers won’t be facing Bridgewater in Week 11, they should keep an eye on him this offseason as a potential replacement for Jameis Winston, according to analyst David Carr.

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What will the Saints do without Andrus Peat?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints offensive line took a hit on Wednesday when starting left guard Andrus Peat underwent surgery to repair a broken arm, putting him on the sidelines for about six weeks. So where do they go from here?

Peat’s immediate replacement is backup guard Will Clapp, who filled in for him during Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Clapp is a second-year player out of LSU with experience at both guard and center, though the Saints prefer him at guard. He allowed a few sacks to the swarming Falcons defense after being rushed into action.

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AP source: Peat has surgery on broken arm, out about 6 weeks

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By Brett Martel (AP) | Odessa American

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints starting left guard Andrus Peat has had surgery to repair a broken arm and is expected to be sidelined about six weeks, said a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the extent of Peat’s injury and his surgery has not been announced. ESPN first reported details of the surgery.

The 2018 Pro Bowl selection was injured during the first half of Sunday’s 26-9 loss to Atlanta.

Peat was New Orleans’ first-round draft choice in 2015 and has started 59 of the 64 career games he’s played.

Although Saints players did not indicate whether they’d been briefed on the specifics of Peat’s injury or his estimated absence, they addressed the likelihood of having to play multiple games without him after he’d missed Wednesday’s practice.

“It’s a loss for us, for sure. Andrus is playing well, he has a lot of experience,” Saints left tackle Terron Armstead said.

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Saints revive offense with heavy dose of Alvin Kamara

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METAIRIE, La. -- Coach Sean Payton didn’t specifically plan for running back Alvin Kamara to touch the ball on 11 of the New Orleans Saints' first 19 plays in Sunday’s 34-17 win at Tampa Bay (including a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty).

But it wasn’t an accident either.

Payton knew his offense needed a jolt after a dreadful loss to the Atlanta Falcons a week earlier. And what better player to provide it than the dynamic Kamara, who needed a bit of a jolt...
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Thanksgiving feast for the Saints? It's possible they could clinch the NFC South in Atlanta

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The New Orleans Saints might be able to celebrate an NFC South division title in just two weeks on its fiercest rival's home turf.

Here's how that scenario could unfold...

First, a win Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome vs. the Carolina Panthers would propel the Saints to a 9-2 record and drop the Panthers to 5-6, giving the black and gold a four-game lead (plus the tiebreaker) with five games left.

And that sets up this possibility: A few weeks after being...
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Buccaneers abandoning the run makes Saints defensive snap counts look different than usual

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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TAMPA, Fla. — The snap counts for several New Orleans Saints went against the grain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Starting defensive end Marcus Davenport had limited usage on Sunday, totaling just 23 snaps for 34% of New Orleans' defensive plays. Both of those marks tied his career lows. He didn't register a single tackle against the Buccaneers, something he's only done four times in his two years as a Saint.

Saints coach Sean Payton said on Monday...
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Emmanuel Zanders to appear Sunday at Saints Hall of Fame Museum

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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A star at Jackson State, Zanders played for the Saints for seven seasons from 1974-80 and was a team captain from 1976-79. Zanders was voted the Saints offensive lineman of the year in 1979. He played in 87 games, starting 78 for the Saints. Zanders He went on play one season with the Chicago Bears in 1981. Zanders was inducted into the Jackson State Hall of Fame in 2004.

Those with tickets to the game will be admitted free of charge to the museum Sunday. Only those...
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Bruce Arians can’t criticize officiating, but his wife can

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Nearly every coach has had a reason to criticize officiating at some point this year. The league doesn’t like it. And one coach has found a loophole.

Via, the wife of Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians criticized NFL officiating on Sunday. But not as a result of a call or non-call in Tampa Bay’s loss to the Saints.

Christine Arians reacted to the non-call of pass interference in the Texans-Ravens game, a blatant instance of DPI that wasn’t overturned via...
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Confident P.J. Williams plays big for the Saints, thanks to a plan to frustrate Mike Evans

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The last time P.J. Williams was pressed into duty as a starting cornerback on the outside didn’t go so well.

Looking for an upgrade to an ineffective Ken Crawley, the New Orleans Saints plugged Williams into their starting lineup opposite Marshon Lattimore against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 last season. Lattimore drew Falcons star Julio Jones, leaving Williams against then-rookie Calvin Ridley.

The results were disastrous. Ridley roasted Williams, catching five...
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Game balls from the Saints 34-17 thrashing of the Buccaneers

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The New Orleans Saints bounced back from a surprising loss last week in a big way, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road 34-17. New Orleans scored on their opening drive for only the second time this season, going ahead 3-0 on a Wil Lutz field goal. Lutz doubled their advantage to 6-0 with a 26-Yd. kick after the defense forced a quick three and out and a Saints drive stalled in the red zone. The first of four interceptions on the day on Tampa's next drive...
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Record watch: Keep up with Saints WR Michael Thomas as he chases Marvin Harrison's single-season catches mark

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TAMPA, Fla. — New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is having a hugely productive season. Through 10 games, Thomas has 94 receptions for 1,141 yards receiving.

And the season is far from over.

Thomas has firmly been on record watch for a while now as he's chasing Marvin Harrison's league record for receptions in a single season.

In 2002, the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver amassed a whopping 143 receptions, blowing Herman Moore's former record of 123...
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Saints by the Numbers: Four (plus a score) interceptions

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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Four interceptions. One of them returned for a touchdown.

For the first time in 33 years, the Saints defense posted that stat line in Sunday’s 34-17 victory at Tampa Bay.

The last time the Saints had at least four picks, one of them a “pick-six” – Sept. 14, 1986, against the Green Bay Packers in the Superdome. On that day, James Haynes had an interception return for a touchdown and the New Orleans defense came away with seven interceptions.

Sunday marked the first...
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3 Ups and 1 Down from yesterday’s win over the Bucs

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That’s how a good team bounces back.

It was still a roller coast of a game, though, with plenty of “Ups” and “Downs” along the way, though. Here are a few that stood out:

Up: the replacements

The Saints are a good team, but it would not have shocked anyone if they lost against a talented Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense after getting manhandled last week by the Atlanta Falcons. They were down their best cornerback and one of the anchors of the defense, a starting...
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Barnwell makes sense of the NFC playoff race: 8 teams, 6 spots, 1 muddled mess

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The NFC playoff picture is a beautifully muddled mess. Sunday saw the 49ers and Vikings hold serve in their divisional races by pulling out comeback victories, leaving three of the NFC's four divisions within one game at the top. The Saints reaffirmed their stranglehold on the South by all but eliminating the Buccaneers from playoff contention, then got help from the archrival Falcons when the suddenly dominant Atlanta defense stomped Kyle Allen and the Panthers.

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Let's overreact to Week 11 in the NFL: The Rams are playoff contenders

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This is a column about overreactions, as any regular Monday reader knows, but they don't always come easily. Sometimes, you're sitting in your hotel room on a Sunday night, watching a couple of teams that combined to win 25 games last season but now can't find the end zone, and you have to try hard not to underreact.

Seriously, folks. I'm old enough to remember when Matt Nagy and Sean McVay were young offensive geniuses. Now they're facing off in front of the whole...
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