Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rapid Reaction: Bucs vs. Saints

The Saints defeat the Buccaneers, 30-10.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 9 matchup with the Saints.

The Bucs defense held strong on the Saints first drive, limiting quarterback Drew Brees and company to just a field goal. The Saints would gain momentum instead on special teams, as a Bryan Anger punt was blocked by Justin Hardee and returned for a touchdown.

Despite evening the turnover ratio on a forced fumble by linebacker Lavonte David, his fourth in four games, the Bucs offense was only able to squeeze out three points on a 50-yard field goal by Patrick Murray. The kicker is four-for-four since joining the Buccaneers in Week Six.

New Orleans would tack on another seven when Brees connected with Alvin Kamara on a 33-yard pass to make the score 16-3. The score would stay there to end the half.

Reserve quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Jameis Winston to start the second half after Winston went down hard on his right throwing shoulder. Winston has been battling an AC joint injury in the shoulder and was in obvious pain after being tackled right before the half.

After a quick three-and-out, the Bucs gave the ball back and the Saints drove right down the field on a couple lengthy runs by both running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. New Orleans would punch it in on a six-yard rush by Kamara to bolster their lead, 23-3.

On the following Bucs possession, rookie tight end O.J. Howard was stripped of the ball at the Tampa Bay 36-yard line. Brees would go for the score immediately and get it on a 36-yard pass to Tony Ginn Jr. to make the Score 30-3 midway through the third quarter.

The Bucs had a chance and made a 54-yard field goal off the leg of Pat Murray, but it was negated by a New Orleans timeout that was called right before the snap. Murray missed his second attempt, keeping the score 30-3 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Special teams would pay off for the Bucs in the fourth as Willie Snead muffed the punt return for the Saints and the Bucs recovered on the 19-yard line.

Tight end Luke Stocker would be the one to capitalize on an eight–yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick, his first receiving touchdown of the season. It was Fitzpatrick's fourth touchdown as a Buccaneer and 170th of his career.

The Saints would hold their 20-point lead and run the clock down as Tampa Bay dropped the divisional contest 30-10.

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