Buccaneers v. Saints: Week 5 Preview

Published: October 5th, 2014
By Bucstats.com
Break his arm again.

Break his arm again.

Tampa going to Louisiana usually results in a loss.  I’m not confident that a different outcome will betide them today, however, I do expect the game to be competitive.

Mike Evans being out of commission does wonders for the Rob Ryan.   The offense is going to have to rely on Murphy and Seferian-Jenkins in the rookie’s absence. New Orleans’ defense doesn’t threaten with a lot, it’s just that the Bucs need their whole offense to come together in order to score. As we see, this happens in spurts.  Doug Martin should have a better day against this squad, and with a secondary that has performed awfully, Tampa has a shot to keep pace with Drew Brees.

McCoy changed the game last week and Michael Johnson is one week further from injury.   Johnson proved effective last week for the first time in a Buccaneer jersey, and can hopefully collapse the pocket from his position.  With Bowers lining up opposite of McCoy on passing downs this could be a formidable rush.

Foster has a good chance to be back this afternoon now that his shoulder is squarely back in its socket.  This would be a considerable gain, because for as good as Fletcher has played, he is bereft of any coverage skills.  The Buccaneer secondary is going to be at a disadvantage today with Goldson out and Barron questionable.  Obviously, Foster’s presence is needed.

Carolina and Atlanta face opponents that could very well beat them.  The winner of this game would set all three teams at 2-3 and actually make the division a race.  Week five has a chance to be the most interesting by far in the short season.

The bad news is that Brees and Graham are going to play–the good new is I have them both in fantasy.  Expect each to have a banner day against the injury riddled secondary.

Although the Saints have been playing like hell, I believe they’ll have a morale rush while at home.

Score Prediction: 27-21 Saints