Hagen’s Week 14 Preview – Bucs vs. Saints


This Sunday the Bucs will be faced with the most difficult challenge left on their 2018 schedule, the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have only lost two games so far this year and could easily end up winning the NFC.

However, the Saints are coming off a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, which proves that they are human after all. New Orleans’ running back Alvin Kamara already has rushed for 742 yards on the ground on 161 carries. He has scored a whopping 11 rushing touchdowns, as well. Keeping him under 100 all-purpose yards in this contest will be a key for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win this game.

Quarterback Drew Brees has solidified his status as one of the best who has ever played the game so far this season. He has completed more than 75 percent of his passes for a total of 3,262 yards and 30 touchdowns. To top it all off, he has only thrown 3 interceptions in 12 games.

Tampa Bay’s defensive line must find a way to keep playing as efficiently as the unit has been playing lately. Harassing Cam Newton last week was certainly nice to watch. Drew Brees, however, is another type of animal. He gets rid of the ball quickly and will be very tough to get to in the pocket.

On offense, Jameis Winston has to continue where he left off, which is excellent football. In this divisional matchup, it will be crucial for him to stay without a turnover, both in regards to him staying with the Bucs in the long run and for Tampa Bay to turn this seemingly lost season into something positive.

In order for Winston to be successful, Peyton Barber needs to play a solid game again. He has scored in each of the Bucs’ last three games. Hopefully he can continue that trend.

All in all, after a hard-fought game, the Saints will be too much for the Bucs to handle. Tampa Bay loses a heartbreaker.

Final score: 31-28 Saints