I don't think I need to dive into too much detail here. The Saints are awful on defense. They are 31st in the NFL in pass defense, giving up over 280 yards per game, but even worse on run defense. On the ground, the Saints defense gives up a whopping 140 yards per game, which is last in the NFL.
The Bucs are as healthy as they have been all season on offense. Jameis Winston will have all of his key weapons for the 2nd straight game, and the offensive line is still standing strong, even with Demar Dotson filling in for Gosder Cherilus.
The Bucs cannot afford to give the Saints any life. After a devastating late loss to the Panthers last week, the Saints might just check out on the rest of the season. The best way for that to happen is for the Bucs offense to bury them early. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter should look for a flurry of touchdowns early against the Saints defense to make them quit.
“First off, the Saints have had a lot of bad luck on defense this year as far as injuries," Koetter said. "We just did the depth chart this morning. In their rotation – guys that are playing in the game – they’re playing eight rookies on defense at one time or another. All those guys aren’t starting, but they have eight rookies playing in the rotation. Their middle linebacker, [Stephone Anthony] from Clemson, he’s playing great. He’s their leading tackler. They’ve just had more than their fair share of injures. They’ve had to move some guys around. They still have some very talented players. They’ve got [Jairus] Byrd back now at free safety, they have two really good safeties, they still have Cameron Jordan outside, he’s got eight sacks on the year. Specific to your question, no, we are not tempted to get out of our lane. We just have to stay right with what we’re doing. We’re doing fine.”
Every game for the Bucs is a must win the rest of the season. Let's hope that winning continues on Sunday.