Buccaneers Keys To Victory: Week One vs New Orleans Saints

  • Drew Brees
  • new orleans saints
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Tom Brady
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What must the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do to secure a victory against last years division winning New Orleans Saints in Tom Brady’s first game?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be playing the New Orleans Saints at 4:25 EST in less than a week. Tom Brady will be putting on a Buccaneers uniform for the first time. However, this game will be far different than he probably ever could have envisioned. COVID-19 concerns are in place, meaning the Super Dome will have no fans. The Buccaneers will hope to start this season off better than last year’s season opener, which resulted in a 31-17 loss to the eventual NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. The week one game will have season-long implications; the Buccaneers and Saints will be vying for the division this crown this season as both have Super Bowl aspirations. The Buccaneers are currently 3.5 point underdogs in the betting world. If they want to pull off the unexpected upset vs the Saints, they’ll need to follow these keys to victory. 

The Buccaneers Secondary Will Have To Show Its Improvement

The 2019 Buccaneers defense surrendered the league’s third-most passing yards per ESPN. However, the young trio of corners Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting played much better the last half of the season. The Buccaneers also added safety Antoine Winfield in the second round of the 2020 Draft. In addition, head coach Bruce Arians has recently gone as far as calling Davis a top 10 corner in the NFL. So, there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the young group.

What’s maybe more concerning is their going against last year’s seventh-best passing offense, the Saints. Things don’t exactly sound better for the Bucs when you consider that the Saints added former pro-bowl receiver, Emmanuel Sanders. The Saints utilize the short passing game, so it will be imperative that the Bucs can take that away. Forcing Brees to throw the ball down the field would be a significant win for the Bucs.

Run The Football Early

To achieve a victory, the Bucs will have to feed the rock to its trio of running backs early. While it won’t be easy to do with the Saints finishing fourth last season in rushing defense, it’ll have to happen. With Tom Brady not being the most mobile, the Bucs want to keep the Saints off balance. The best way to do this will be to hand it off to starting running back Ronald Jones and recently signed Leonard Fournette.

The newly formed duo offers a thunder and lighting type of combo with speed and power; it’s among the better backfields in the league. Not to forget about former Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy, who will take most of his reps on third downs and passing situations. Not only will running the ball let the Bucs control the game’s tempo, but it’ll also let them begin to utilize the play-action pass. If they run the ball well, Brady will be able to have his way with any defense. 

Make Field Goals

The recent kicking history in Tampa is the stuff of nightmares. That was no different last year. Multiple games that were lost could be linked back to missed kicks. While the kicker is an easy scapegoat, sometimes its an earned title. Matt Gay, last year’s fifth round pick, has been cut. In his place, Ryan Succop will be kicking Sunday. The long time Titan had been excellent his entire career until suffering an injury last year and struggling before going on IR. Following this, he was cut during the off-season. The Bucs will need him to rebound and be the guy he’s been for the last decade. 

If the Buccaneers can limit Drew Brees, run the football well early, and hit their kicks, they will be the group of 53 players celebrating.

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