Defensive line: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
Sheldon Rankins being back in the fold really sways this in the Saints’ favor as if he was still out then you could make the case for the Bucs having the better D line, if not at least being just as good.
Winston better watch out for Rankins and Cameron Jordan as they feast against that offensive line.
Linebackers: Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The linebacker unit is the best part of the Bucs’ defense and it really is filled with some talented players. Lavonte David has led the way in terms of tackles and brings experience to the unit. Rookie linebacker Devin White, who is questionable, is a bigtime playmaker as well and every Saint fan who is also an LSU fan should know that.
That is just the tip of the iceberg for the Bucs as the Saints don’t have anyone that can match those two.
Cornerbacks: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
This is where it really starts becoming apparent. Although Marshon Lattimore has not enjoyed the hottest start, he is still naturally gifted and plays up to elite receivers. That is much better than the Bucs, who don’t really have a true number one corner.
Safeties: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
Read everything that I wrote about the cornerbacks and it applies here. While the Saints do not have the best safeties in the league, they certainly are better than what the Bucs have.
Overall advantage: New Orleans Saints
This is where the biggest difference is. While I do not think that the Saints defense is as good as it was last week, they are still much better than the Bucs and are primed to have a much better showing.