The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their first game of the season in their most recent outing, a 25-11 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. They are now 1-2 on the season. Baker Mayfield has completed 66.7% of his passes for 636 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception, and Rachaad White has rushed for 150 yards and 1 score.
Mike Evans has caught 17 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay receiving corps. Chris Godwin has caught nine passes for 141 yards. Ryan Neal leads the defense with 25 total tackles, while Christian Izien has two interceptions, and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka has recorded two sacks.
After starting the season 2-0, the New Orleans Saints suffered their first setback of the season in a close 18-17 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Derek Carr has thrown for 636 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs on 65.5% of his passes this season, while Taysom Hill has led the Saints in running with 91 yards and Tony Jones Jr. has scored 2 rushing TDs.
Chris Olave has caught the most passes for New Orleans with 22, totaling 302 yards; Michael Thomas and Rashid Shaheed are also contributing, each with 150+ receiving yards. Pete Werner leads the defense with 26 tackles, and Carl Granderson has the most sacks (2.5).
It’s easy to see why the Saints would be a good pick here, and it’s not crazy to be hesitant to re-back the Bucs after their humiliating performance in prime time. Even if New Orleans were to win this game, their previous victories were decided by a total of 5 points, and in the general opinion the Bucs are the superior team. If the Bucs don’t win by a touchdown tonight, we can expect another close game.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Game Information
- Date: 10/01/2023
- Time: 01:00 PM ET
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
- How to Watch Buccaneers vs Saints: CBS
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass