Week 9 @ New Orleans Saints Game Analysis – by Hagen


Another divisional matchup, another chance to turn our season around, another loss! I am afraid we can now officially kiss this season goodbye, especially since Winston has not been playing well at all and is now out for a couple of games because of his shoulder injury.

On defense, we did not even start the game off as badly as many people would have expected, but a blocked punt was returned for a Touchdown by the Saints. A play like this would have been exactly what the Buccaneers needed to switch the moment in favor of Tampa Bay and have  a chance to win a tough game like this on the road. Yet, New Orleans was fortunate enough to score a special teams Touchdown. When it rains, it pours. Our defense made Alvin Kamara look like Barry Sanders. There was no pass rush at all. Brees was able to get rid of the ball quickly, however. One bright spot was Lavonte David again, who keeps making plays, forcing the ball out of Kamara’s hands.

Offensively, the Bucs were able to duplicate the effort they showed against the Panthers the previous week. Winston did not find any kind of rhythm at all. Martin had nowhere to run, averaging less than 1 yard per carry, which made Tampa Bay’s offense one-dimensional. Winston had a chance to get something going on one play with the Bucs down 9-0, where he had speedster DeSean Jackson wide open deep for a Touchdown, but Jameis missed him once again, leading him too far outside where Jackson caught it out of bounds. Winston later had to leave the game at halftime after aggravating his shoulder injury he suffered against Arizona. Fitzpatrick played the second half and played decent. Nothing spectacular, but he took what he was given and did not make any major mistakes.

Up next is a home game against the 4-5 New York Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick gets a chance to go up against his former team. Barring a miraculous turnaround, as much as it hurts to say it, this season is over for us.

Nevertheless, go Bucs!