The Bucs defense brought the SUPER to the Superdome.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers snapped a seven-game losing streak against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, winning 20-10 as the defense reigned for the Bucs. However, tempers flared, ejections occurred, and penalties flew all over the field.

From unnecessary roughness, pass interference, and holding, to unsportsmanlike conduct, the Bucs had eight penalties for 101 yards, while the Saints had 9 for 61.

The game reached a boiling point when a brawl ensued with 12:49 left and began when Tom Brady exchanged words with Marcus Lattimore. Brady wanted a holding call from the previous play on the secondary, and Lattimore was taunting. Moments later, Mike Evans pummeled Lattimore to the ground, and the bench cleared. Evans and Lattimore got ejected, which seemed to be where momentum shifted.

The game was 3-0 at the half with the Saints up and before this brawl, 3-3. The Buccaneers struggled early on in the game, with Brady fumbling the ball away with less than five minutes in the first quarter. He threw a tablet on the ground in frustration later on in the game.

After the brawl, the Buc’s defense exploded while the Saints fizzled out altogether. Tampa Bay had four turnovers and scored 17 points.

The first turnover was by Janelle Dean after the brawl, preventing a receiving touchdown by Marques Colston in the end zone. That interception ignited Tampa’s offense and resulted in a 28-yard receiving touchdown by Rashod Perriman to put the Bucs up 10-3.

On Saint’s next possession, Winston got sacked by Devin before getting picked off by Antoine Winfield Jr. in the next play. That led to a 47-yard field goal by Ryan Succop. Devin White continued to make an impact and sacked Winston again before Mike Edwards took an interception to the house with 4:11 left in the game.

Down 20-3, the Saints breathed life into their offense, when Winston found Michael Thomas for a touchdown. This was after a pass interference call by the Buccaneers as Winston targeted rookie Chris Olave deep. Olave was targeted over ten times, four of them for big plays which could’ve been touchdowns or given the team great ball spots. On Saint’s next drive, Winston connected with Olave for a big gain, but the receiver fumbled the ball resulting in Saint’s fifth turnover of the game.

To put the cherry on top, Kwon sacked Winston on the last drive of the game, before a kneel.
The Buccaneers sacked Jameis Winston six times, recovered two fumbles, and had three interceptions in the game. Shaquil Bennett led the team with two sacks, while Janelle Dean had two of the three interceptions.
Tom Brady had less than 20 completions for the second straight game and less than 200 yards. Jameis Winston threw for 236 yards and a touchdown.

This was the first win at the Super Dome for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2018.

In a key divisional matchup for the NFC South, the Saints and Bucs were down to one or more key players. The Saints running back, Alvin Kamara was out with a rib injury for the Saints. Mark Ingram had two first-down runs in the game, with sixty yards on 10 carries. Dwayne Washington and Tony Jones Jr. combined for six carries and 26 yards. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were without wide receivers, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones. This meant Scottie Miller and Russell Gage had some action. Both combined for eight receptions and 62 yards.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all alone in the NFC South at 2-0. The Saints fall to 1-1, while both the Panthers and Falcons stay winless at 0-2.

Next up the Buccaneers host Green Bay. The X factor for the Bucs remains their defense, which has 10 sacks and four interceptions so far this year. Look for Devin White to make an impact, as he leads the team with 15 tackles and three sacks. On the offense, running back Leonard Fournette continues to bear the load, with 55 carries for 192 yards. The wide receivers’ health is a question mark for Tampa, translating to more runs. Mike Evan’s role will be pivotal moving forward for the same reason.

For the Green Bay Packers, they are 1-1 after a win against Chicago at home. Aaron Rodgers seems to have his swagger back after throwing for 234, two touchdowns, and a 76% completion rate too. He poses a threat to the Tampa Bay defense, which has been doing cannonballs all over offenses this year. Can the Packers take command of the NFC, or will the Buccaneers steer clear of the waves?

Looking at the league, there are plenty of surprises to begin the year. Joining the Tampa Bay at 2-0 are the Giants, Chiefs, Eagles, and Dolphins. Miami scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a touchdown with eight seconds left to Jaylen Waddle. Perhaps the absence of Brady in the AFC East paved way for the Dolphins to make a splash in the division.

Mac Jones, Tua, Jalen Hurts, and Patrick Mahomes are taking over the league. Tom Brady is on his way out, but a win against the Packers can prove to the rest of the league the G.O.A.T still has it.

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