Buccs 16 – Saints 27
Daniels knew the Saints had it: The Saints winning this game is not a shock — good teams that have that shocking loss usually bounce back and win big the following week. Tampa is getting there, but unfortunately are only good enough to steal a couple of unexpected wins which makes them hard to lock in on for the season. In other news, how in the world did 1) the Chargers let Sproles go and 2) the Saints be the only team that realized he was available?
Rhett Davis sees the Saints as Super Bowl contenders: With revenge on the mind, the Saints handily defeat their divisional adversaries. After having a terrible game last week against the Rams, Drew Brees throws for over 250 yards and scoring 2 TDs. With the many different talented running backs as well as Brees and his receiving core, the Saints’ offense is going to be hard to stop when they are determined. The Saints could be a sleeper team to sneak into the Super Bowl if they can best the Packers.
My Take: As a Packer fan, I think the quality of the NFC is underrated. Depending on which shows up, the Saints, Giants, Falcons and Lions are all Super Bowl contenders, with the 9ers not far off, so yes, the Saints are a really good football team. They are, however, a really good football team that’s great at home and mediocre on the road. Next week’s faceoff with the Falcons looms hugely. The Buccaneers, however, are not a good football team… at all. They’re a mediocre team that plays above their heads more than below expectations, which often comes down to coaching and leadership. Given the sheer talent in their division, that won’t be enough. The earlier win over the Saints was, bluntly, a fluke.
Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, NFL