Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TJ's Take: 3 Keys to Beat New Orleans

Buccaneers.com contributor TJ Rives breaks down the Saints.

Get to know the key players on New Orleans before the Saints take on the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

1. Take the ball away!
In the previous matchup with the Saints, the Bucs D registered three interceptions, including Danny Lansanah returning one for a touchdown in the second half. Brees and Co. had four turnovers in the second half last week in their crushing loss at home to the Falcons. If Tampa Bay can continue the takeaway trend this week, they will go a long way towards finishing the season with their first home and division wins of the season.**

  1. Burn the Saints blitz** It is no secret that New Orleans loves to bring the heavy blitzes as much or more than any defense in the NFL and you should fully expect them to go all out in the finale¹ on Sunday. The Buc offensive line has already given up way too many knockdowns, much less sacks in recent weeks on QB Josh McCown. Whether it¹s an extra blocker on the line or the backfield, recognizing and picking up extra pass rushers will lead to big play opportunities for the likes of Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. If there is an extra second to throw, look out for a big play or more deep downfield to help pull off victory.3. Tackle Tackle Tackle One shortcoming in the previous match-up in New Orleans was the Buccaneer defenders did not do a good enough job wrapping up ball carriers and receivers after the catch. In the fourth quarter and in the Saints winning possession in OT, the Bucs just simply didn¹t finish off plays by securing the tackle while in position. The Saints want to bruise you more now with RB Mark Ingram, who was hurt in the first meeting, and so it¹s even more imperative to not only get in front and around him, but bring him to the ground. Whether it¹s him, Graham or someone else, the Bucs need to make sure they tackle well. Tackle some more. And when in doubt, make sure, you wrap up and tackle! SUGGESTED

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