The Saints meet with the struggling Bucs Sunday afternoon, the Saints are on a five game win streak and look to make it six in the dome. If the Saints want to prove there a real contender this should be a game they should win without much doubt. Bucs will be without cornerback Brent Grimes, Questionable for the game is Jameis Winston. Bucs defensive front has had a tough time stopping most teams and Drew and company will look to convert on Tampa’s struggles.
Marishon Lattimore has been one of, if not the top rookies so far this season, he hasn’t allowed a receiver more than 35 yards. Lattimore gets maybe his toughest test yet matching up with Mike Evans and or DeSean Jackson. He has gone up against a DeSean like receiver in Brandin Cooks holding him to 14 yards but he’s yet to go up against a receiver built like Mike Evans.
The Saints will be without Delvin Breaux likely for the rest of the season due to a setback in practice via multiple sources. Breaux was placed on IR before the season and was planning to come back week eight but now it looks like he will be done for the year. For the second straight season Breaux’s season will be washed up by injuries.
Something to look for is Saints receiver Willie Snead to have a larger role than in weeks past. Snead was suspended the first three games of the season and an injury held him out for a couple more. Snead hasn’t been in football shape so his play has been limited. Snead now has had time to regain his agility and get back into that football shape so loo for his role grow back to what it once was.
Major keys for the game tomorrow for the Saints is win the trench battles on both sides of the ball, the Saints have the upper hand in each so this is a must. Another key is limiting Doug Martin and the rushing attack, the Saints rush defense has struggled the past couple weeks. Saints cant let Tampa’s explosive offense control the game. For the Saints they want to have a balanced offensive approach so they can control this game.