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Tampa Bay Buccaneers an Under-the-Radar Sleeper to Make Noise in the NFC South

What did the New Orleans Saints Week 9 & 17 opponent, the Carolina Panthers, do this offseason?

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We begin a series of articles previewing the Saints regular season opponents, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Week 9: vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, &

Week 17: at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Our friends over at Bucs Nation contributed this piece, listing all of the biggest additions/subtractions from the Buccaneers this offseason:

Notable free agent additions:

WR DeSean Jackson, DT Chris Baker, S J.J. Wilcox, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

Notable free agent departures:

S Bradley McDougald, QB Mike Glennon, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Russell Shepard



Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:

TE O.J. Howard, S Justin Evans, WR Chris Godwin, RB Jeremy McNichols

Biggest offseason addition:

WR DeSean Jackson

Biggest storyline heading into training camp:

Will Roberto Aguayo get unseated by Nick Folk? Yes, kickers are the biggest storyline. Also Hard Knocks.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:

Safety: Justin Evans, J.J. Wilcox, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy could all earn a starting job, so which two will come out on top?

Notable injuries heading into training camp:

No severe ones. A few that should be healthy by training camp: Noah Spence, Jacquies Smith, J.J. Wilcox, Justin Evans most notably.


The Bucs offense just got a lot scarier this offseason with the additions of veteran WR DeSean Jackson and rookie TE OJ Howard. With so much attention on the Panthers and Falcons, the Bucs will surely want fans in the NFC South to remember that they are a formidable threat as well.

So what says you, you unbiased Saints fans? Do the Saints sweep the series? Do the Saints get swept? Or is a series split the most likely outcome?


How will the Saints fare in their season series against the Bucs?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Win both
    (25 votes)
  • 45%
    Lose both
    (84 votes)
  • 36%
    Win at home in Week 9, but lose on the road in Week 17
    (67 votes)
  • 4%
    Lose at home in Week 9, but win on the road in Week 17
    (8 votes)
184 votes total Vote Now