NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Tampa Bay 0 0 3 17 20
New Orleans 3 0 0 7 10
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST11:00 AM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , September 18, 2022
Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana  Attendance: 70,040

Buccaneers-Saints Preview

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

  1. The Saints have won their last seven regular-season games against the Buccaneers, matching the longest previous winning streak by either team in this rivalry, a run of seven consecutive wins by New Orleans from 2011 to 2014. Tampa Bay did beat the Saints in a Divisional Playoff game following the 2020 season.
  2. Tampa Bay had one interception (by Antoine Winfield Jr.) in its season-opening win at Dallas. The Buccaneers were 11-0 last season in games in which they intercepted at least one pass. Green Bay (also 11-0) was the only other NFL team to go unbeaten last season in games in which they recorded one or more interceptions.
  3. New Orleans won its season opener in Atlanta, 27-26, after trailing 26-10 in the fourth quarter. It was the first time in franchise history that the Saints won a game in which they trailed by 16 or more points in the fourth quarter, and only the third time they won a game in which they were behind by 16 or more points in the second half.
  4. Tom Brady and the Bucs lost their last game against the Saints, 9-0 (Week 15 last season). That's one of only three times that Brady's team has been shut out in his 317 regular-season and 47 postseason starts in the NFL. The other shutouts were in 2003 (Patriots at Buffalo, 31-0 in Week 1) and 2014 (Patriots at Miami, 21-0 in Week 14).
  5. Jameis Winston completed 13 of 16 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the Saints' comeback win in Week 1. It was the first time a Saints player had 200 or more fourth-quarter passing yards in one game since Week 10 in 2008, when Drew Brees threw for 294 yards in the final 15:00 of a 34-20 Saints loss in Atlanta.
  6. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals in Tampa Bay's 19-3 win at Dallas in Week 1. It was the seventh time Succop made four field goals in a regular-season or postseason game in his three years with the Buccaneers. That's the most games with four or more field goals by an NFL player since the start of the 2020 season.
Team Comparison

Tampa Bay
 
New Orleans
19.0 Points 27.0
212.0 Pass Yds 269.0
152.0 Rush Yds 151.0
1 Takeaways 2
(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston patiently entertained a series of questions about the last time he faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome.

As he did, it was apparent Winston wasn't too interested in dwelling on the moment his 2021 season ended with a left knee injury on a tackle by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White.

"Hopefully, I don't have to relive that moment again," said Winston, who missed the last nine games of last season while recovering from reconstructive surgery. "I'm just pressing forward and keeping my eyes focused on this week."

The Buccaneers (1-0) are back in New Orleans (1-0) on Sunday in a game that would give the winner an early lead in the NFC South.

"I'm just grateful I have this opportunity now," Winston said. "I'm here now - healthy - and I'm ready to rock. That's it."

Tampa Bay opened its third season with seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady at quarterback by riding running back Leonard Fournette's 127 yards rushing to a comfortable 19-3 victory over Dallas.

The Saints by contrast, needed the largest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history to prevail at Atlanta, scoring 17 straight points inside the final 12 minutes to win 27-26.

Now Winston gets his second start against the team that drafted him first overall in 2015, but let him go in 2020 when Brady chose to sign with the Bucs after two decades with New England.

"They're just another team. I've got a lot of respect for a lot of those players, some of my old teammates," Winston said. "But, at the end of the day, it's a division game, going against the best in Tom Brady. But I don't get to go against him. I get to go against Devin White and (linebacker) Lavonte David, and (safety) Antoine Winfield and (defensive tackle) Vita Vea and (edge rusher) Shaq Barrett."

While Brady won a Super Bowl in his first season with Tampa Bay and made the playoffs in his second, the Bucs have gone 0-4 in regular-season games against New Orleans during that span. Brady has thrown eight interceptions in those losses.

"That's probably the thing that jumps out the most - turnovers," Brady said. "They are a very physical team. I think they beat us up physically. It's a tough, hard-nosed team. They're very well coached."

Saints first-year coach Dennis Allen was New Orleans' defensive coordinator for the first three of those games and served as interim coach in a 9-0 victory at Tampa Bay last December, when Sean Payton stayed home because of a positive COVID-19 test.

Allen continues to oversee and call plays for New Orleans' defense.

Bucs coach Todd Bowles hopes his offense has a better plan for Allen's unit this time.

"Anytime you lose to a team more than once or twice," Bowles said, "you try to put a finger on what they're trying to do and what you're doing - and what you can do differently."

NO GRUDGES

Winston said White reached out to him after the injury last year and that there are no hard feelings.

"Me and him are great. I can't be mad at somebody for playing football," Winston said. "He felt bad for a second, but he's a football player. He's a great football player, so he kept going."

QUIETING THE CROWD

White, who grew up in Louisiana and starred at LSU, said he loves returning to his home state to face the Saints and their rabid fans in the Superdome.

"You want to shut that crowd up. It's better than getting your own crowd hyped," the fourth-year pro said. "If everybody takes that same approach - make them be quiet and don't give them (anything) to cheer about - it will all play out in our favor."

RECEIVING TRIO

Last season, Saints QBs didn't have the option of throwing to Michael Thomas, who was injured, Jarvis Landry, who was acquired in free agency this offseason, or Chris Olave, the club's top draft pick last spring.

The three combined for 212 yards and two TDs receiving last week at Atlanta.

"It's fun. I've been there before," Winston said, recalling his days in Tampa Bay with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and ex-Buc DeSean Jackson. "When things are in sync and you execute, beautiful things happen. You have those targets and those competitors on the outside, you do your best to get them the ball."

FAMILIAR FACE

Receiver Julio Jones made his debut for the Bucs with three receptions for 69 yards last week. He spent 10 of his first 11 seasons in the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons, so he is familiar with the Saints. In 18 career games against New Orleans, Jones has 102 receptions for an average of 15.8 yards per catch and three touchdowns.

YOUNG LINE

Tampa Bay's offensive line lost two starters during training camp, replaced by second-year pro Robert Hainsey at center and rookie Luke Goedeke at left guard. Both made their first NFL starts last week, when the Bucs' effective running game helped minimize Brady's exposure to the Cowboys pass rush.

"The more we run the ball, the more it tires them out and we can kind of pound on them a little bit," right tackle Tristan Wirfs said. "If we're throwing the ball a ton, we're just playing into their hands."

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AP Sports Writer Fred Goodall in Tampa, Florida, contributed to this report.

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Updated September 15, 2022

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