Behind a strong defensive performance, the Buccaneers earned their first win of the 2015 season, defeating the Saints, 26-19, on Sunday in New Orleans. It's the Bucs' first victory over their division rival since 2011.
The Bucs' defense forced three turnovers, the last of which came with under three minutes to go deep in New Orleans territory. The team recorded an interception off of Drew Brees and forced five fumbles, two of which were recovered.
In addition to forcing turnovers, the Bucs were successful in their attempts to pressure Drew Brees. Defensive end Jacquies Smith recorded three sacks, bringing his season total to four, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded his second sack of the season.
Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander led the team in tackles with eight. Chris Conte, Clinton McDonald and William Gholston finished closely behind with six each.
The unit held Brees to 255 on the day and held the Saints to 3.9 yards per rush attempt.
In his second game as a pro, Jameis Winston performed well, completing 14 of 21 passes for 207 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He finished the game with a passer rating of 114.6. He benefitted from a strong running game; Doug Martin finished the game with 78 yards.
Kicker Kyle Brindza recorded his first career field goal, booting a 55-yarder in the first quarter. He was called on a handful of times and finished the game with four field goals.
The Bucs will take the field next Sunday against the Texans in Houston.