Jim Henderson's Black & Gold Breakdown: Week 7 at Tampa Bay
Written by: Jim Henderson, FOX 8 Saints Analyst - email
Last week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned from their bye week refreshed and ready to play their best game of the season in a 38 - 10 win against Kansas City.
The Saints return from theirs this week hoping the pause that refreshes leaves them similarly ready for their second road trip in the NFC South against a Tampa Bay team after a week two loss at Carolina.
It won't be easy. Under new coach Greg Schiano the Bucs are vastly re-built by design and circumstance. From a year ago the Saints will face new Tampa starters at wide receiver, tight end, left guard, running back, safety, linebacker, defensive end, and cornerback.
And after 15 years on the corner Ronde Barber moves to free safety where he contributed a 78 yard interception for a touchdown to last week's win over the Chiefs.
Tampa's defense is fourth best against the run. The Saints offense...second to last running the ball. In week one the Tampa defense held the Panthers to 10 yards rushing. The next week Cam Newton had 71 on the ground himself against the Saints.
For years the Bucs were a grind-it-out offense with a paucity of down-the-field weapons. With the off-season addition of Vincent Jackson...no more. He's a perfect compliment to Mike Williams. Both are in the top 5 in the league in yards per reception. Jackson had two touchdowns last week, Williams one. They contributed to Josh Freeman completing two passes for 62 yards, a 42 and a 36 yard completion.
This will be a "throw-back game" for the Bucs who will break out their creamsickle orange jerseys from their inaugural season in 1976. Those unis figure to be the only reminder of the old Bucs, their past identity, and former ineptitude.
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