Monday, June 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs-Saints: Poll, numbers, what they're saying

The poll

What was costliest in last week's 18-17 loss to the Jets?

13 penalties for 102 yards: 77 percent

Inability to find a run-pass balance on offense: 20 percent

Communication issues due to the crowd noise: 3 percent

Total: 370 votes

By the numbers

17-25 Bucs' record against the Saints

6-6 Bucs' record against Saints coach Sean Payton, who was suspended by the NFL for all of 2012 because of the bounty scandal

1 Touchdown catch needed by the Bucs' Mike Williams to pass Dave Moore (24) for sole possession of fifth in team history

6.3 Yards allowed per rush by the Saints last week, worst in the NFL

5.2 Yards allowed per rush by the Saints last season, worst in the NFL

What they're saying

So the Bucs want to be taken seriously as a playoff threat out of the tough NFC South? That's not going to happen with losses like (last week), when Lavonte David's boneheaded penalty handed the Jets a late W.

Chris Burke Sports Illustrated

You can't ignore all the other signs that something is off-kilter with a guy who once seemed to be the most balanced individual inside One Buccaneer Place. And I'm not just talking about Josh Freeman's dismal performance in the season-opening loss to the New York Jets. I'm talking about the fact that Freeman looked equally dismal throughout the preseason and late last season, when he had consecutive four-interception games in December. I'm talking about the fact the Bucs decided not to sign Freeman to a long-term contract extension. I'm talking about the repeated rumblings that Freeman and coach Greg Schiano don't see eye to eye.

Pat Yasinskas ESPN

The picks

I was leaning toward Tampa Bay getting to 1-1, but the reports coming out of Tampa are not good. Upset players thinking head coach Greg Schiano might have rigged the voting for the team captainship in order to block quarterback Josh Freeman's path? Freeman not taking part in the team picture last week? Even if the stories can't be taken at face value, it's an ominous sign for the Bucs that such tales are surfacing at all. Saints, 27-25.

Don Banks Sports Illustrated

The Bucs lost a tough one on the road to the Jets last week. Something tells me the Bucs will look like a different team in this one. They pull off the upset with Josh Freeman coming up big. Bucs, 27-20.

Pete Prisco CBS Sports

The Bucs are in disarray, and the Saints have picked up an early surge from holding the Falcons to 17 points. New Orleans continues its effort to put together a record stout enough to force the road to an open-air Super Bowl through the climate-controlled Superdome. Saints, 35-27.

Mike Florio Pro Football Talk

Bucs vs. Saints

4 p.m., Raymond James Stadium

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM

Line/over-under: Saints by 3; 47½

Week 1 Week 2Week 3Week 4WEEK 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17

Jets 18, Bucs 17

0-1

Saints

4 p.m. today Ch. 13

Patriots

1 p.m. Sept. 22 Ch. 13

Cardinals

1 p.m. Sept. 29 Ch. 13 *

Eagles

1 p.m. Oct. 13 Ch. 13 *

Falcons

1 p.m. Oct. 20 Ch. 13

Panthers

8:25 p.m. Oct. 24 NFL

Seahawks

4 p.m. Nov. 3 Ch. 13

Dolphins

8:40 p.m. Nov. 11 ESPN

Falcons

1 p.m. Nov. 17 Ch. 13 *

Lions

1 p.m. Nov. 24 Ch. 13

Panthers

1 p.m. Dec. 1 Ch. 13

Bills

1 p.m. Dec. 8 Ch. 10 *

49ers

1 p.m. Dec. 15 Ch. 13 *

Rams

1 p.m. Dec. 22 Ch. 13

Saints

1 p.m. Dec. 29 Ch. 13







Home game

Road game

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