SINK OR SWIM: Saints at Buccaneers Game Day Prediction

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Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) breaks a tackle by Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Major Wright (31) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Buccaneers won 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Final Analysis and Prediction

I fully expect New Orleans to “come out swinging”, unlike last Sunday’s disappointment against the Lions.

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The Saints offense, despite injuries along the offensive line, has too much talent to be completely shut down for two weeks in a row.

Brees will make plays in the passing game, but the effectiveness of Ingram and Hightower will probably determine how often New Orleans gets on the scoreboard.

Defensively, I expect the Saints to blitz Winston heavily all day long, and wouldn’t be surprised to see around 5 sacks.

Nevertheless, losing Vaccaro and probably Robertson may very well do the defense in.

In a microcosm of their season; the Saints will make plays, and this game will be a back and forth nail-biter right into the final minutes.

BUT —– these Saints are just “not quite there yet”….

Buccaneers 28, Saints 23