TAMPA, Fla. – The New Orleans Saints played with the urgency of a team determined to get back on track.
- Jameis Winston has threw four interceptions and now has a high NFL 18 this season
- Tampa Bay gave up ground play, giving backs only six carries, while Winston attempted 51 passes
- The Buccaneers are on the road next Sunday against Atlanta, who upset Carolina this week
“You lose a game, you go. The next game can’t come fast enough,” coach Sean Payton said Sunday after NFC leaders South recovered from a nasty loss to Atlanta in last place with a 34-17 victory over Tampa Bay. Buccaneers.
Drew Brees threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns and NFL leader Michael Thomas became the first player in league history to score 90 points in the first 10 games of a season for the Saints (8-2).
In addition to a 16-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Thomas in the first half, Brees throws TD passes of 3 yards to Jared Cook and 6 with Ted Ginn Jr. after New Orleans was held out of the end zone during last week’s 26-9 loss to the Falcons.
Security Marcus Williams put in an exclamation mark for a strong defensive performance, returning the third of New Orleans’ four squares, 55 yards for a touchdown that put the Saints at 34-17 with just five minutes left.
Thomas, who also became the first player with at least 90 receptions in each of his first four NFL seasons, had eight catches for 114 yards. This boosted its totals for 2019 to 94 receptions for 1,141 yards. The previous high for most catches in the first 10 games of a season was 89 by Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison and Atlanta’s Julio Jones.
Brees is not surprised.
“It’s exactly what we see in practice every day. Perhaps it is one of those things that when all is said and done you will look back and really appreciate it. I just love his culture. It’s a “I want the ball, I’ll open, I’ll play for you,” Brees said.
“I’ve played with a lot of good guys, a lot of great guys, and the thing that is common with these guys is the confidence factor,” Brees added. “You have to be able to anticipate certain things that allow you to play with confidence and be accurate and do a lot of what others might not do.”
A battered Jameis Winston completed 30 of 51 passes for 313 yards and two TDs for the Bucs (3-7), who lost five of six after a 2-2 start. In addition to throwing four steals, Winston was fired twice and squeezed all day by a persistent rush to let him stumble into the race in an ankle pain to try to tackle Williams’ long interception return to the sideline. of New Orleans.
“Too many mistakes to beat a good team,” Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said.
“It’s very frustrating. We have the players. It has never been for the players since I was here,” said receiver Mike Evans, who finished in the sixth season of the 1,000 yard. “It’s just that we’re very, very inconsistent. … I don’t know what to do to bring it down, but we have to do something because that feeling is awful.”
Brees, meanwhile, was 28 of 35 unbeaten in his third start since returning from a thumb injury that limited him to five games. The Saints overtook the Bucs 195 yards in 11, building an early 20-0 lead, controlling the ball for 20 of the first 25 minutes of play. An offensive line playing without injured guard Andrus Peat protects the 40-year-old quarterback, who was not fired Sunday after Atlanta got to him six times last week.
“One of the things we felt would be important in this game was a quick start on the road and I thought we had it,” Payton said. “It wasn’t our best game, but I thought we did a lot of good things to win.”
Winston threw TD passes of 6 yards to Peyton Barber and 30 yards to Chris Godwin. Tampa Bay ran the ball in a low square eight times for 36 yards, with Winston climbing for 23 in two attempts.
Saints running back Alvin Kamara rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries. It also had a team-high 10 receptions for 47 yards.
“It’s huge,” Kamara said to return to the march after the Falcons lost. “Every time you lose, it’s a little more than a heightened awareness to go to the next game, perform and … come out with a win.”
The Saints defeated the Bucs 31-24 in New Orleans on Week 5, holding Evans without a catch. Although that repeat was considered difficult, though the injured Marshon Lattimore – Evans’ primary defender at the previous meeting – played on Sunday, but the Saints did a nice job of including one of the league’s top receivers. Williams for Lattimore.
Evans had four catches for 69 yards and didn’t get out. The sixth year in favor sparked his 58th overall for 993 yards – seven shy yards joining Famer Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history to start a career with six consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.
Saints: Play without Lattimore (hamstring) and Peat (forearm), who were injured in last week’s loss to Atlanta. The team did not announce injuries during the game.
Buccaneers: OLB Carl Nassib (groin) lost his second consecutive game, replaced in the starting line by Jason Pierre-Paul. … Winston said he was hit in the ankle while throwing the watch that Williams came back for a touchdown. He added that he is not expecting to be in trouble or affecting his situation for next week.
Saints: They return home to host Carolina on Sunday, continuing their four-game losing streak against NFC South opponents.
Buccaneers: in Atlanta on Sunday.