After a big win over the Atlanta Falcons, the New Orleans Saints look to increase their lead in the NFC South with a win over another division foe, hitting the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday during the second round of games.
The Saints narrowly escaped a Falcons comeback last Sunday, needing a Roman Harper interception on fourth and goal with under a minute left to preserve a six-point win. It was a stylish welcome back for head coach Sean Payton, who made his return from a season-long suspension. The Saints' offensive firepower -- which was on full display against Atlanta -- may be enough to carry them past Tampa Bay, but they'll need to see more out of their defense if they hope to return to the playoffs.
The Bucs were on the other side of a close game last weekend, watching a last-minute field goal soar through the uprights as the New York Jets pulled off a stunning 18-17 win. More alarming than the defensive lapses that allowed Geno Smith to engineer the winning drive in just 34 seconds was the Bucs' offensive output -- they gained just 65 yards on the ground. They'll need to get halfback Doug Martin back in gear in order to keep Drew Brees and company off the field this Sunday.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 4:05 p.m. ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Buccaneers local affiliate: WTVT FOX 13
Saints local affiliate: WVUE FOX 8
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Buccaneers: WFUS 103.5 FM / WDAE 620 AM
Saints: WWL 870 AM / 105.3 FM