NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Saints' magic number is one. One more game and this frustrating season is over. The magic number for the Tampa Bay Bucs is one, as well. One last Buc loss to the Saints or one victory by the Tennessee Titans over the Colts, and Tampa Bay will have "won" the right to make the first selection of the 2015 NFL draft.
In all likelihood, that will be a quarterback - Marcus Mariotta or Jameis Winston. The Bucs fell victim to the "Matt Flynn syndrome," investing millions of dollars in Josh McCown this season. Like Flynn before him with the Packers, McCown played just enough with the Bears in relief last season to flash the potential he was the answer elsewhere, but not long enough to exhibit the flaws that would disqualify him as his new team's franchise quarterback.
What Tampa got is an old, rich turnover machine in McCown, saddled with arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL in front of him. It was this bad last Sunday against the packers: Jordy Nelson had more receiving yards than the Bucs had total offense.
The Bucs punted eight times. They went three-and-out on their first five possessions, and six of their first seven.
After 25 minutes, the Bucs had zero yards of total offense. Their longest run of the day was four yards.
Mccown was sacked seven times in a 20-3 loss - the Bucs' fifth straight loss and seventh straight at home where they haven't won all season.
On Sunday they could make the Saints look really good as the Bears managed to do two games ago. Saints fans should not be deceived if they do. The Falcons last Sunday revealed a season's worth of flaws that one game against a hapless opponent concealed.