Saints Lead Buccaneers by 10-7 Score After First Half

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints currently lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 10-7 after the first half, and an hour plus lightning delay in Raymond James stadium.

The Saints offense has gotten off to a slow start. The running game sucks. The offensive line really sucks. Drew Brees threw an interception and missed a few other big play opportunities. Mark Ingram couldn't convert on a 4th and 1 play. Garrett Hartley missed a field goal. Blah!

But Jimmy Graham has been the star of the show with 8 catches for 156 yards receiving and a touchdown grab. And fortunately the offense has gotten a lot of help  from a very undisciplined Buccaneers defense that continues to take stupid, cheap penalties and shoot themselves in the foot.

Once again the defense has definitely held their own. Can't believe we're saying that, but it's true. The Saints should win this game but it's going to be a lot closer than it should.

Here are the stats from the first half:

Team Stats

NO TB
First Downs 13 6
Total Yards 239 92
Passing Yards 204 31
Rushing Yards 35 61
Penalties (Yds) 3(20) 7(61)
Turnovers 1 0
Punts (AVG) 1(47) 4(42)
Time of Pos. 18:33 11:13

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 16/27 216 1 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
M. Ingram 6 15 0 8
D. Sproles 5 20 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Graham 8 156 1 56T
D. Sproles 4 20 0 6
M. Colston 2 28 0 15
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
J. Freeman 5/11 31 1 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
D. Martin 10 47 0 12
J. Freeman 2 14 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
V. Jackson 2 17 0 10
M. Williams 2 9 0 6
K. Ogletree 1 5 1 5T
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