Defensive Turnovers A MustDecember 28th, 2013
Look, Joe’s not paid to spin things for the Bucs. He has to call things as he sees them, which unnerves many Bucs fans because they want Joe to tell them what they want to hear.
Barring a total and complete meltdown unforeseen by sober minds, the Saints will beat the Bucs tomorrow. If you are still alive in a survivor pool, picking the Saints or Eagles tomorrow is about as safe as a bet as you will come upon in the NFL.
The Saints need a win to get in the playoffs. They are a far different team at home. The Bucs are, well, the Bucs, with four of their key skill positions being manned by reserve players including quarterback, tailback and No. 2 and 3 receivers.
Of course, this is sports and just about anything can happen, even the illogical. For the Bucs to have any prayer of beating the Saints in the Superdome tomorrow, the Bucs must force at least one turnover, notes the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
@IKaufmanTBO: Memo for the Bucs defense Sunday: Sean Payton is 24-0 when the Saints do not commit a turnover.
Yes, turnovers and scoops and scores and pick-sixes can go a long way to pulling off the upset of the ages and all but promising a return engagement in 2014 for the Greg Schiano regime.
The only thing giving Joe hope is how the Rams (of all teams) pistol-whipped the Saints a couple of weeks ago. The Bucs have a similar bruising defense as the Rams, and force more turnovers than the Rams.
Then again, the Saints laid that egg on the road, which is what they often do.