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Buccaneers 16 @ Saints 27: Who Dat Say!?


With their 27-16 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints move to 6-3 on the season and next travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in another important NFC South matchup.

To prepare for that game, we must first study this game from all possible angles, and learn exactly how it was won. The first step in that process begins with making the jump and clicking on all the links, reading all you find there, watching all the videos, and memorizing all the quotes...

NFL Game Center: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints |
Includes highlights, stats, drive charts, play-by-play, and the official NFL Gamebook.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints |
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics from the Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans game. Includes play-by-play, drive charts, and photos.

Saints Knock Off Buccaneers with 27-16 Win |
Staff Report - Behind a strong performance in all three phases, the Saints came out with a 27-16 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints use balanced effort to down Bucs, 27-16 |
Chris Seemann - Includes game notes.

Saints Postgame Notes |
Staff Report

Photo Gallery: Buccaneers @ Saints |
John C. McCusker


From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints bounce back strong from last week's loss, roll past Buccaneers |
James Varney - Saints rush for 195 yards in 27-16 victory.

Saints bring out the bats for victory |
Pat Y. - After getting pushed around by St. Louis in Week 8, the New Orleans Saints did the only logical thing. They brought out the bats.

Recapping the New Orleans Saints' 27-16 victory over Tampa Bay |
Mike Triplett - Offensive line played much better than last week.

Rapid Reaction: Saints 27, Buccaneers 16 |
Pat Y. - Thoughts on the New Orleans Saints' 27-16 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Game balls from the New Orleans Saints' victory over Tampa Bay |
Doug Tatum

Stats that stand out from the New Orleans Saints' 27-16 victory |
Doug Tatum - Here are a few statistics that really jumped out from the New Orleans Saints' 27-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Drew Brees keeps putting his name in the record books |
Kevin Spain - He's in the top 10 in some categories.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome is not a friendly place for New Orleans Saints opponents |
Jeff Duncan - Saints defense just better at home.

We still don't know how good the New Orleans Saints are |
Peter Finney - Team needs to get on a roll.

Saints win against Tampa Bay is only a first step |
Bradley Handwerger - Sunday was never about atonement for New Orleans.

Saints QB Brees doesn’t ‘disrespect’ Bush, but loves on Sproles |
Bradley Handwerger - It’s not that Drew Brees didn’t appreciate what Reggie Bush did for the Saints’ offense from 2006-10. It’s that he appreciates what running back Darren Sproles does better.

Saints emphasis on physical play turns up roses against Bucs |
Bradley Handwerger - Sean Payton decided to dip into his bag inspirational tricks, selecting an oldie but a goody. Sunday turned into a "bat game," one where Payton demanded a physical presence on both offense and defense.

Saints stop on fourth down steals momentum in tight spot |
Bradley Handwerger - When John Kasay’s 42-yard field goal attempt clanked off the right upright midway through the first quarter on Sunday, the Saints knew they needed some kind of momentum-swinging play go their way. 

Payton: Positive signs for Tracy Porter |
Pat Y. - We told you earlier the first word on injured Saints cornerback Tracy Porter was positive.

New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter checks out OK after scary incident |
Mike Triplett - He was taken off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury.


From the Crow's Nest

Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose 27-16 to New Orleans Saints, fall to .500 | St. Petersburg Times
Rick Stroud - Once again, the Buccaneers were helpless against an effective throwing game Sunday.

Call for wildcat in key situation typifies Tampa Bay Buccaneers' terrible playcalling | St. Petersburg Times
Gary Shelton - Third down and still-a-chance, and this is what they come up with?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gimme 5 | St. Petersburg Times
John Romano


Post-game Quotes

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"Let me hit on something first, most importantly, it's my understanding that the information back on Tracy has been good news. I'll update you more tomorrow, but certainly our prayers are with him. It's good to get in here after the game and find out that he is doing pretty well."

"Obviously, it was a big game; it was a big win for us. We did a lot of things well. It wasn't perfect, but I thought we were physical. I thought we played with the energy we look for; the individual battles really began to establish third down, red zone, rushing yardage, time of possession; all of things it takes to win a game in our division in November. I'm proud of our players. It was a good week of preparation. That was a good football team we played and we'll go from there."

"Anytime there is a player down for a long period of time it really changes the momentum, whether it is one of our players or someone else's, or potentially a coach, but I thought we really responded well in this game. I thought, coming in, we were really ready to play this game. We talked about this game being a physical game and we made it a ‘bat game,' which is something we've never done with a division opponent. There's a process involved when you do something like that and I thought that aspect of being the physical team really helped us today. In an important game both teams are battling to rush the football, control the time of possession. Both teams are trying to do those things that statistically really have meant the difference in this rivalry. You've got a team that I think is very good at rushing the passer with some of their young players, and we wanted to make sure that it wasn't a one-dimensional game, that it was balanced. I thought we had that today between the rushing yard and the passing yards. I thought defensively we stopped the run and forced someone to become one-dimensional instead of us."

(On success of running game today )"I thought we did some different things, you saw Darren (Sproles) have a few big runs, you saw Chris Ivory get back to some of the form we are used to seeing him run with, and certainly Pierre (Thomas) had the great touchdown run. All three of those guys were very involved and of course the guys up front were really good. We got a lot of run fronts defensively with down safeties, we knew we would. I thought we blocked those real well. I thought we won that battle at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. And then when it came to protection, I thought most importantly we got the edges handled and really helped the tackles and did a good job. All those little things that were important, I thought we had a great week of practice and coming into this game we just couldn't play quick enough."

(On last week's loss) "We're past that, we're not scratching any heads and we are on to the next opponent. It's disappointing, don't get me wrong, but we understand and we are not going to allow that game to lead to another tough game. There are some tough lessons, there always seems to be in our season with the length of the schedule and I think that carries over to every team, but it's how you respond to it, that's what I think is critical today."

(on Darren Sproles) "With just the role of being a running back, he's powerful, he's got great balance. He had a couple of real impressive runs. It's a shame that last run he had wasn't the last play of the game, we should've been on a knee, but we got the penalty call. He's also a threat in space; he's a threat as a returner and a receiver. I think the one thing that he's very good at is his awareness and intelligence on the field. You rarely see him make a mental error. Guys that have that football instinct tend to do the right thing a lot. He's one of those players."

(On the crowd) "Certainly that is an aspect of it. It was hard for me to tell how loud we were. You get worried about a Noon game following a huge win for LSU the night before; you have the element of a lot of people tired and groggy. But certainly when you play at home and you are dealing with an opponent that is working with the silent snap count, with the head turn you begin to gain that little bit of an edge on the pass rush. You get sacks. I thought we had pretty good pressure in his face, we had tipped balls. If everyone watched the game and you said ‘who got pressure more?' you would say their quarterback. Three weeks ago, if I asked that question you would say Drew (Brees). Now does that coincide with being at home, you'd like to think so, but if you look at the series it's actually been flipped till this year. But, certainly they are a key component to us playing well at home. When you have a sold out fan base with 50,000 people on a waiting list for season tickets, that's pretty strong. And when its inside and you know you are going to force a team to come in here and play under those circumstances that is a big advantage."



"I think coming off of last week, we zeroed in on these two divisional opponents before the bye. This is a pretty critical time for us. November is the time when a lot of teams separate themselves from the pack. We want to be one of those teams. We want to be on a roll. Hopefully this was the start of that.

(on bounce-back) "Call it what you want, obviously a disappointing loss last week, but we wanted to right the wrongs from last week.

(on running game) "When you look at our productivity when we're running the ball effectively, it's through the roof. Both (run and pass) are complementary to one another. I felt like we did a great job of finding our balance today.

(on Darren Sproles) "He did a great job today, as he always does. He's such a versatile player who can do so many things. The best way to describe him is, he's a ballplayer. Whatever you need him to do, he can do it. I'm just glad he's on our team.

(more on Sproles) "I can't say I'm surprised, because I know the person, I know the player. We had that one year together in '05. Watching him over the last five years, I said, ‘We've got to get that guy somehow.'"

(on "bat game") "The whole philosophy behind a ‘bat game' is it's going to be a physical, physical game. If you outhit the opponent, you're going to win the game. We save this for special occasions; we typically don't do it with a divisional opponent, because they're all going to be physical games.

(on defense's fourth-down stop in 1st quarter) "You always look to those moments in the game as to momentum shift and what do you do with it. That was a big moment in the game.

"Last week, that's not the team we are. We feel like we're the team that started off the game today and finished off the way we did, the team against the Colts that scored just about every time we had the ball. I think we can continue to get better. Penalties put us in some tough spots. Turnovers, I'm No. 1 in that category in the guy who touches the ball every day. We'll continue to improve upon those things.


(on the defensive hard hitting) "We definitely wanted to establish that. They are a very physical team. We wanted to be physical, hit somebody and bring the wood. That was our mentality coming into this game. That's what we wanted to do and that's what we accomplished.

(on why the defense plays better at home) "We love our fans. We just feed off them. They are loud. Sometimes we can't even get a call in. We just feed off of them and get after it. We just need to learn how to play more consistent on the road."


(on grabbing the tempo early) "Early on we didn't do a few things that we wanted to do. Once we got on a roll our tempo picked up a little bit. We were hitting them with different personnel groupings. That's when we were successful and scoring touchdowns.

(on his touchdown reception) "It was just a routine catch to me. It really wasn't anything major. We knew they like to play man-to-man even in that situation. (Marques) Colston went in motion and everyone knew that I was going to be getting the ball. Drew (Brees) made a nice throw."


(on defensive line getting push up the middle) "The whole defense was going after them. We had the mindset going in that we wanted to be physical. We did a great job of that today on both sides of the ball. Our offensive line was knocking them off the ball and getting the running game started. We did a pretty good job against their run. It all starts there.

(on fourth-down stop in the first quarter) "That was huge. I think getting them off the field in that spot with no points was big. It gave us some momentum and the offense was able to go down and score a touchdown."

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"We're 4-4. (We're) right in the hunt. (We made) the same mistakes today. (We made) foolish penalties. Those are the ones that absolutely kill you. (We) just can't tolerate it, especially versus an elite team. We made the same problems in the red zone. You've got to score touchdowns when you play the Saints. There is no doubt about that. They're going to score points. You've got to find a way to limit those guys from getting the big plays and making plays like they did today.

(on penalties today) "It was just bad ball again. We've got to go out and play better and play smarter. There is no excuse for being young...The 15 yard penalties are just (hurtful). Those things, we cannot allow to happen. It's not good enough to come to the sideline and apologize to your teammates, coaches, or whoever. It's just selfish, undisciplined football.

(consider changing personnel if penalties continue?) "You have to. There is nothing else to do. If you go out and keep repeatedly making the same mistakes over and over again, that's your (only) option. Next man up (to play)."

(surprised that Saints ran as much today?) "No. They want to run the football, if they can. They got some success (early)....They repeated that a couple of times, and we adjusted in the second half. We adjusted in the first half, but we've got to adjust a little bit faster. Chris Ivory is back. We knew that guy would come back and run the ball well and do a nice job there. We've got to come out and do a better job of playing football."

(on lack of pass rush) "We didn't do a good job this week of getting him off of his spot. If he's going to stay in the same spot and throw the football....if you let Drew Brees do that, he's going to deliver with accuracy with timing and get the ball exactly where he wants to get it."

(on Darren Sproles) "He's a really good football player. He got some nice matches today in one on one. They set a couple of picks for him. He got a pick screen. He had a couple of screens out there. He's dangerous when he gets going. The last time we had more success on him holding him (from a big play). Today, he did a nice job of catching screens, catching his check-downs, and running the football when they asked him to."

(on where team is right now) "Four and four. We're right in the hunt. (We're) right in the middle of the pack. There is nothing else to do. You've got to go out there and fight. We've got a bunch of tough teams coming in here. We're 2-1 in the division, which is most important. We've got to win these division games in order to try to have a chance to fight back at the end and try to steal this thing."



"We had a lot of penalties. We had too many big plays, explosive plays. We have to find a way to get touchdowns instead of field goals."

(on the TD) "That was the play. They were trying to play cover 2 and we knew they were going to play cover 2. All we had to do was get the Mike's attention and it was a touchdown. He hesitated for a split second and we were able to get it out to Kellen (Winslow)."

(on facing Saints blitz) "I'm not really worried about it. We had a pretty good plan for it. We were able to handle it. The blitz wasn't that big of an issue all day."

(on re-grouping at 4-4) "That's the plan."


(on penalties, slow starts) "It's not a problem you correct in two weeks. That has to be a mentality. It is what it is. We know what our issues are. They affect the outcome of the game, and they did today. It's not like we don't know what they are. We know what they are. We just have to get better at it."

(on Saints' rushing attack) "They checked to some right plays. We were in some defenses and Drew (Brees) is great at putting his offense in the right play and he did it a couple of times today. We missed some tackles. I don't know if it is us out-thinking ourselves or what. It's not huge mistakes."

(on if this game felt like Bears game in London) "I wouldn't call it a Chicago feel, it's just kind of us. Play kind of average to start the game and try to get back in it late. You can't start slow vs. good teams. We know that. We are 4-4. It's an average record. We played average at times today. It is probably where we should be. You generally get what you deserve in this game. We don't deserve to be top of the division right now, we aren't playing like it."


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