The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints 16-11 Sunday for their fifth victory in a row. Thanks mostly to the defense delivering again, which did not allow a single touchdown to another top offense. The defense also had three huge takeaways including Vernon Hargreaves’ first career interception and a game-ending interception by Keith Tandy who has filled in quite nicely for Chris Conte.
The Bucs scored the game’s only touchdown in the second quarter, when Doug Martin took a short handoff and after breaking a tackle dove into the end zone. He would finish with 66 yards on 23 carries. Roberto Aguayo would go on to be perfect for the day, making all 3 of his field goal attempts and one extra point attempt, and would go on to be a deciding factor in the win.
Although the Bucs offense struggled throughout the game, finishing with 270 total yards, they never turned the ball over. This is extremely important in making a deep playoff push. With a defense that is dominating and an offense that is getting healthier by the day, these are not the same Bucs we have become accustomed to watching. These Bucs know what it takes to WIN!
With the win, the Bucs improve to 8-5 and stay tied with Atlanta Falcons for the NFC South Division lead.