Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Halftime Report: Buccaneers vs. Saints

The Buccaneers lead the Saints, 10-7, at halftime during their Week 2 matchup.


At the end of the first half, the Buccaneers lead the Saints, 10-7, in New Orleans during Week 2 of the regular season.

The Bucs scored first on a 55-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza in the first quarter, but the Saints claimed the lead on a Mark Ingram run with 1:23 left in the first half. The Bucs went back on top with 12 seconds left in the first half when Jameis Winston connected with Vincent Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown.

The Saints were the best pass-blocking team in the league last week, per Pro Football Focus, but the Bucs' defenders have been able to get to Drew Brees thus far. Defensive end Jacquies Smith has two sacks, both of which forced fumbles, to get to three on the season. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy also took Brees down for his second sack of the year.

The Bucs' defense has played well against the run, too. On 13 attempts, the Saints have just 26 yards.

After a strong performance in Week 1, Doug Martin is averaging more than six yards per attempt against the Saints, picking up 44 yards on seven carries. Jameis Winston attempted 12 passes in the first half, completing eight for 98 yards. For the first time during the regular season, he is joined by Mike Evans, who missed last week's game with a hamstring injury.

Cornerback Johnthan Banks leads the team in tackles with four while Tim Jennings and Chris Conte each have three.

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