Tampa Bay has won two straight games with an inspired Jameis Winston under center. Coincidentally, those were Winston’s first two games of the year without a turnover.
For sure the Buccaneers quarterback seems determined to make it as difficult as possible for the team to part ways as they contemplate whether they have their franchise quarterback or need to look for another one.
At the very least, Winston’s recent play will help him land a spot on somebody’s roster next season. (Did someone say, “Jacksonville”?)
New Orleans will provide Winston’s biggest test yet. The Saints have two losses all season. One was last week when they were ambushed by the Cowboys’ defense on national television, 13-10. Drew Brees and company have had ten days to stew over that loss.
They also had time to reflect on their first loss, an opening day shootout in front of their home fans inflicted by this same Tampa Bay team. The Saints were the first victim of Fitz-magic.
Even though Jameis Winston wasn’t in the stadium that day. He is guilty by association and will incur the wrath of a powerful team upset about their last performance and looking for revenge for their previous meeting with the Buccaneers.
Beating New Orleans twice in the same season would be a tall order for any team. It would also be a nice highlight mention for a quarterback looking for a job.
Injuries and notes
The Saints’ left guard, Derron Armstead, is questionable with a shoulder injury.
Tampa Bay lists cornerbacks MJ Stewart (leg), Carlton Davis (knee), and Brent Grimes (knee) as questionable, along with safety Isaiah Johnson (concussion). Drew Brees is envisioning great things come Sunday.
DeSean Jackson is also listed as questionable with a thumb injury.
Sean Payton gave tons of credit to the Cowboys after their Thursday Night Football upset, but you know he scoured that film to see what the Cowboys did that he can prevent other teams from mimicking. Payton is confident his team will bounce right back after what most consider a great game by Dallas, but a fluky performance by the Saints.
Dirk Koetter is trying to pad his record a bit in anticipation of some resume writing in the offseason. While Winston might be doing enough for Tampa Bay management to think twice about a new quarterback, Koetter hasn’t done much to make them think twice about the coaching position. It would be upset if he is back in 2019.
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Who will win the Buccaneers-Saints game?
Was the game against the Cowboys a fluke? Or has the league found a way to slow the New Orleans roll? What are the odds that Tampa Bay can beat the Saints twice in the same season during an MVP-season from Drew Brees?
For the answers to these and other questions, watch the game, or read the next line.