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After the last time the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers played, Zach Strief lamented the team’s inability to run the ball.

The game was dubbed one of New Orleans’ worst offensive performances of the season by the participants, and the reason for that was simple: The Saints couldn’t get an effective running game going.

“We’re going to turn the ball over if we have to throw it at an 80-percent clip,” the offensive tackle said after the first time these two teams played, which resulted in a 16-11 win by the Buccaneers. “This game is not as complicated as we would like to make it sound. When you become one-dimensional, it’s tough to protect the quarterback, and when you’re relying on him to make all the plays, and you don’t give him time, you’re going to struggle.”

The Saints seemed determined not to make that the case this time. During Saturday’s 31-24 win, New Orleans appeared to make a concerted effort to establish a rushing attack and install a game plan that would help keep Tampa Bay’s rush at bay.

By Nick Underhill

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