The Bucs face the Saints in a crucial game on Sunday. If the Bucs win, they will be right in the hunt for the NFC South, however, if the Bucs lose, they will drop to 1-4 on the season and 0-3 in division games.
There is some question as to whether Armstead will play after suffering a concussion last Sunday night against the Cowboys. No matter who is at left tackle for the Saints, the Bucs need Michael Johnson to bring a pass rush with him. Johnson was great when the Steelers decided not to even block him. He must provide a rush and get his long arms in the air to knock down short Drew Brees' passes.
This is not good news for the Bucs. Lovie Smith said Leonard Johnson played his best game last week in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers do not have receivers in the slot like the Saints have. There should be big concerns that Cooks lights up the Bucs secondary all day.
Since the Bucs drafted Mark Barron in 2012 to defend Jimmy Graham, the Bucs are 0-4 against the Saints. Barron has been a liability in coverage and Graham could be poised for another big day against the Bucs.
Marcus Arroyo/Mike Glennon vs. Noise
The Saints have only played one home game this season, and that was the one game they have won. Last week in Pittsburgh, Glennon and Arroyo constantly struggled with getting plays called before the play clock would run out. This could be an even bigger problem in the much louder Superdome.
Lovie Smith vs. Sean Payton
This is a classic conservative vs. aggressive matchup. With the Saints at home, the philosophies of both coaches might be ideal for the situation. Unfortunately, if Lovie Smith becomes too conservative, the Bucs might find themselves in too big of a hole to climb out of when they decide to come out of their shell.
Official Prediction: Saints win 31-17
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