The Saints were able to get a first down on the first play on their next drive but had to punt just three plays later, giving the Buccaneers a chance to trim the 10 point deficit.
Tampa Bay, meanwhile, put its four-game losing streak to bed after holding off the Cardinals last week, improving to 3-6.
New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against Tampa Bay.
Nope. They were sleepwalking for much of the game.
Saints: Played without Lattimore (hamstring) and Peat (forearm), who were injured during last week's loss to Atlanta. Michael Thomas also had a big day he had 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns. In just nine games, Thomas has 86 catches (without a drop) for 1,027 yards and four scores, as unsafe a receiver as this game has ever seen. Lattimore, the cornerback that shutout Mike Evans a couple weeks ago, is one of the main reasons for the success of the Saints pass defense. Look for the Saints to do the same thing this time with Brees. According to National Football League betting sites, Tampa Bay was favored by 5.5 points at home over Arizona. The Falcons own the tiebreaker edge in the division because they have two division wins; the Bucs have just one. They sit at 7-2 with a higher-ranked scoring defense than offense, and the best receiver in the game in Michael Thomas. Ronald Jones has been a surprise this year after having a frightful rookie year.
Without Lattimore I think Winston is a solid streamer this week. Still, Saints coach Sean Payton is tired of Jameis Winston's ability to get the ball downfield to both Evans and Chris Godwin. The one question is can Jameis stay away from making mistakes? The problem will and has been the defensive secondary.
On Tuesday, the Bucs released their other starting cornerback, 2016 first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves, a surprising move considering Davis' uncertain status and the absence of nickelback M.J. They just promoted former USF Bulls corner, Mazzi Wilkins. The last two receivers to see double-digit targets against this secondary were Christian Kirk and Tyler Lockett, and they both were easily the WR1 on the week, with 40.2 points and 37.8 points, respectively. It was the first home game in the Brees era in which they failed to score any touchdowns. He's already fourth on the Saints' all-time list, behind only Marques Colston (711 catches in 10 years with New Orleans), Eric Martin (532, nine) and Joe Horn (523, seven).