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First quarter open thread for Week 11: Buccaneers vs. Saintsby Gil Arcia on November 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images The gameday threads for Bucs Nation. Tampa Bay is hosting the New Orleans Saints in Week 11. The Buccaneers are coming off a Week 10 victory at home against the Cardinals and currently sit at 3-6. This week, the Bucs defense will have a huge challenge facing Drew Brees as he goes against an extremely young and inexperienced Tampa Bay secondary. But New Orleans has some key injuries on both sides of the ball so it’ll be interesting to see if the Buccaneers can take advantage of them Enjoy each other’s company in Week 11’s first quarter open thread! Broadcast Info TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 94 (NO), 111 (TB) | XM: 389 (NO), 231 (TB) OK about 10 minutes until kickoff. Brees over/under 300+ yards 4 TDs. #Bucs #Saints— Gil Arcia (@GilArciaBUCS) November 17, 2019
Buccaneers vs Saints - Week 11 Inactivesby James Yarcho on November 17, 2019 at 4:35 pm
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Here are the full lists of inactive players for the Bucs and Saints second meeting of the season As the Buccaneers and Saints prepare for their second and final meeting of the season, there are some key players missing. This will be the first game for the Buccaneers without former first round pick Vernon Hargreaves as he was released earlier in the week and claimed by the Houston Texans. The Bucs will also be without outside linebackers Anthony Nelson and Carl Nassib for the second consecutive week, as well as cornerback M.J. Stewart causing some depth issues at an already shallow position group. The Bucs will, however, see the return of corner Carlton Davis who missed the last two games with a hip injury. For the Saints, they are going to be without top corner Marshon Lattimore who was a big reason Mike Evans went without a reception in the first game between these two teams. They are also without guard Andrus Peat, which is a big blow to the interior of their offensive line. Here are the full lists of inactive players for the Bucs and Saints; Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Outside Linebacker - Carl Nassib Outside Linebacker - Anthony Nelson Cornerback - M.J. Stewart Tackle - Jerald hawkins Tight End - Jordan Leggett Guard - Aaron Stinnie Cornerback - Mazzi Wilkins New Orleans Saints: Cornerback - Marshon Lattimore Wide Receiver - Deonte Harris Guard - Andrus Peat Tackle - Ethan Greenidge Wide Receiver - Austin Carr Tight End - Dan Arnold Defensive End - Carl Granderson The Buccaneers and Saints kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Game Previewby Evan Winter on November 17, 2019 at 1:45 pm
Tampa Bay’s secondary has to step it up this week. | Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Can the Bucs move to 4-6? The Buccaneers (4-6) snapped a four-game skid against the Cardinals (3-6-1) last week, but have a much stiffer test this week in the New Orleans Saints (8-2). The Saints are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Falcons in which they only scored nine points against one of the league’s worst teams. You better believe they are going to be pissed and ready for this one. When you have guys like Sean Payton and Drew Brees as your leaders, it’s hard to imagine this team will falter for a second straight week. But that’s why they don’t play the game on paper. Let’s dive in to this week’s preview. Overview All-time series record: The Saints lead, 34-21. They’ve won the last two matchups. Tampa Bay is 9-15 at home and 12-19 on the road. Longest win streak: New Orleans took home seven in a row from 2011-2014. Largest margin of victory: The Bucs took a 41-0 beatdown in 2012. 2019 offensive and defensive rankings: The Bucs own the 7th-ranked offense (5th pass, 19th run) and the 25th-ranked defense (32nd pass, 1st run). New Orleans has the 14th-best offense (9th pass, 17th run) and boasts the 5th-best defense (10th passing, t-5th rushing). Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Will Jameis be running for his life like in New Orleans?What To Watch For Injuries for the Saints: Andrus Peat and Marshon Lattimore will miss this game, which are two huge injuries for the Saints. Can the Bucs take advantage? Bucs’ offensive line vs. Saints’ defensive line: The Saints took down Winston six times when the Bucs traveled to New Orleans a month and a half ago. Bucs’ secondary vs. Saints’ receivers: Do I really need to explain this? Penalties: The Bucs have 29 penalties in the last three games. They have to stay disciplined if they want to beat the Saints. Impact Players Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston: He was great in Seattle, but not so great against the Cardinals. He has to be great against the Saints. WR Mike Evans: Who will guard this guy since Lattimore is out? WR Chris Godwin: There’s little doubt that Godwin doesn’t benefit from the attention on Evans. DT Vita Vea: He should have a huge day with Peat’s absence. OLB Jason Pierre-Paul: Pressure on Drew Brees is the best plan to beat the Saints. CB Jamel Dean: Can he take another step forward? This would certainly be a great week to do so. Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports Mike Evans should have a big day.New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees: The Saints are 1-1 since Brees returned from his injury. He will be on a mission this week. RB Alvin Kamara: As always, the offense flows through Kamara, so it’s imperative the Bucs get to him often and early. WR Michael Thomas: The league’s best receiver will be a headache, as usual. DE Cameron Jordan: He loves to play the Bucs and the results show. LB Demario Davis: Davis is an absolute monster in the middle of the field. Put some respeck on this dude’s name. CB Patrick Robinson: Will he be as effective as Lattimore? Cool Stats Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are just the fourth pair of teammates in NFL history to each have 800+ receiving yards through the first nine games of a team’s season (last, Demaryius Thomas, 1,002, and Emmanuel Sanders, 852, in 2014). Jamel Dean is the first player in the NFL with four-or- more passes defensed in consecutive games since Jalen Ramsey in 2016 and the only Buccaneers player to do so since at least 2000. He currently leads all NFL rookies in passes defensed. The Buccaneers have scored at least 30 points in each of the past two games. If Tampa Bay scores 30-or-more points against New Orleans, it will tie the franchise record for consecutive games scoring at least 30 points (also 10/25/12 at Minnesota-11/11/12 vs. San Diego; 9/21/03 at Atlanta-10/12/03 at Washington). Winston has thrown for 17 touchdowns through nine games, tied for the fourth-most through nine games in team history. He needs two touchdown pass to tie Brad Johnson (19 in 2003) for third-most, three more to tie Winston’s own mark (20 in 2016) for second-most and and four more to tie Josh Freeman (21 in 2012) for the most passing touchdowns by a Buccaneers quarterback through 10 games in team history. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Lattimore’s injury is a big, big deal.Game Outlook You have no idea how badly I want to pick the Bucs to win this game. The injuries to Peat and Lattimore are very significant. Both players - especially Lattimore - dictate a lot of what the Saints like to do on offense and defense. But the presence of Sean Payton should help nullify those injuries. Good coaches find ways to work around major injuries. We see it all the time in the NFL. I mean, the Saints overcame the injury to Brees earlier in the year, so there’s a direct example if you need one. New Orleans still has its pass rush, too, which is one of the best in the league. They sacked Winston six times in the first meeting, so it’s not just the secondary that gives the Bucs’ offense fits. If the Bucs can just cut down on the penalties and stupid mistakes, then they should win this game. That’s easier said than done, however, as the same mistakes that have cost them games continued to show in last week’s win against the Cardinals. Tampa Bay will keep it close. I mean very close, but the Saints find a way to win at the end of the game.
Enemy Intel: New Orleans Saints blog expects big things against the Tampa Bay Buccaneersby David_Harrison on November 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports What the writers from Canal Street Chronicle think will happen this Sunday In Week 11, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) host the New Orleans Saints (7-2). A lot of people have their thoughts on what might go down in Raymond James Stadium, including the guys from CanalStreetChronicles.com. According to Chris, Chad, Butler and Xavier the Saints are going to score at least four touchdowns while Drew Brees throws for three of them. In addition to the 28 points laid down by New Orleans, the defense - without Marshon Lattimore - is also going to hold Mike Evans without a catch. Not without a touchdown, without a catch, for the second time this year. While the Bucs’ star receiver goes catch-less on the year against the Saints defense, their own star will do more big things since Vernon Hargreaves III is no longer in town, as Michael Thomas is predicted to haul in 21-catches or more. One writer for the blog site does see some positives coming out of the Buccaneers, as Chris Dunnells predicts quarterback Jameis Winston will throw for 350-yards on the day. But he follows it up with a prediction that the Saints will pick-off Tampa Bay’s quarterback twice while recovering two fumbles as well, totaling four takeaways on the road this weekend. Finally, against the NFL’s best rush defense (1st in rushing yards per game and 3rd in yards per carry), one writer predicts Latavius Murray - not Alvin Kamara - will have over 100-yards of offense and one of the team’s four touchdowns. Considering Murray has 25 receptions this year, it may not all come on the ground though. For those in need of a fantasy football tight end this weekend, Canal Street Chronicles recommends you pick up Saints tight end Jared Cook, who they predict will have two touchdown catches. Bucs Nation writers James Yarcho and David Harrison made their own bold predictions for this weekend’s game, along with Buccaneers.com’s Carmen Vitali. They’re not quite as bold as these. What do you think of how Saints writers see this going? And what are your own predictions for Week 11 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints?
The Crow’s Nest: A really bold prediction, RoJo’s hands, and the tone-setterby Gil Arcia on November 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images Web links on the Buccaneers. Rookie Devin White becomes tone-setter Bucs' defense needs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPNThe Bucs are in the midst of a culture shake-up, and first-rounder Devin White is helping lead the push to change the defense's mentality. 3 bold predictions for Week 11’s game between the Saints and BucsFind out what you should be on the lookout for during Sunday's Week 11 showdown between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 4 bold predictions for New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay BuccaneersDrew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are preparing for their Week 11 road game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leading to bold predictions. NFL Network analyst makes a shocking prediction for Saints-Bucs gameSee what NFL Network analyst James Jones foresees happening in Sunday's Week 11 matchup between the Saints and Buccaneers. Comedian Tom Segura tweets joke about Ndamukong Suh and Myles GarrettSee what comedian Tom Segura had to say about Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh after the Myles Garrett incident against the Steelers. Pewter Preview And Predictions: Bucs vs. Saints | Pewter ReportThe PewterReport.com staff shares its thoughts on the upcoming Bucs game and pick who we think we win, including a score prediction and a pick-to-click – a Tampa Bay player we think will play really well. Trusting The Hands - JoeBucsFan.comAs a rookie Ronald Jones looked like a sure bust. His numbers were so bad very few running backs ever recovered from such a horrible rookie season.