The New Orleans Saints won their second game of the season as they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-28 on Sunday night. The game was a shootout to say the least as both quarterbacks had big days. In the end Drew Brees and the Saints were able to come out with a victory and improve to 2-4.
With their two wins the Saints are now tied for second place in the NFC south division. The Buccaneers fell to 2-4 but the Saints currently own the tie-breaker. This game was definitely a must-win for the Saints and they pulled it out with another big performance from their leader, Brees.
Brees threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns and his stellar play helped put the Buccaneers away. Despite not having tight end Jimmy Graham Brees was still able to connect with his other receivers and the Saints were able to overcome big days from Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson.
Freeman threw for a career high 420 yards and had three touchdowns. Freeman’s biggest recipient of the day was Jackson as he hauled in a franchise record 216 yards on seven receptions. Freeman and Jackson almost beat the Saints as they tore into their defense, but it was Brees and the Saints’ offense that saved the day.
The game almost went into overtime after an apparent touchdown in the final seconds from Tampa Bay. However, a flag was thrown for illegal touching from Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams. Williams was pushed out of bounds and then came back in to catch the apparent game tying touchdown. The play was somewhat controversial but nonetheless the call was final and the Saints left Tampa Bay with a victory.
The Saints are off to a good turn around for their season as they have won their last two games. The Saints will need to rely on Brees down the stretch as their defense yet again failed to contain their opponents.
The Saints’ defense gave up 513 yards of total offense to the Buccaneers and if it was not for the play of Brees and the receivers the Saints most likely would have lost the game. The Saints’ defense has been one of the worst in the league and if they continue to play this poorly it will be difficult to maintain a season turn around for the team.
At any rate, the Saints are now a more manageable 2-4 and if Brees and the offense can keep lighting up the scoreboard they will always have a fighting chance this season. This was a big win for the Saints as they won on the road and against a divisional rival. Next up for the Saints is a matchup with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Denver. If the Saints hope to continue their turn around they will have to treat every game with a sense of urgency. Things are finally starting to click with the team so hopefully they can build off of their two-game winning streak.