TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes against the New Orleans Saints October 16, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay stopped New Orleans to claim first place in the NFC South behind a strong day from Josh Freeman.
Freeman threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns, Earnest Graham ran for 109 yards, and the Bucs defense picked off Drew Brees three times in a 26-20 victory that installed the Bucs ad the NFC South's leaders.
New Orleans outgained Tampa Bay slightly, but four turnovers to the Bucs' zero helped doom the Saints. And having a diminished Sean Payton, who suffered serious injuries and was forced to coach from a cart, probably didn't help.
Mark Ingram ran for 22 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Brees threw for 383 yards and a touchdown to go with his three picks.
Both the Saints and Bucs are 4-2 after today's game, but only the Bucs are undefeated in the NFC South.
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