3 Jameis Trips To New Orleans, 3 Unforgettable Games

October 6th, 2019

Four years ago, Bucs fans were hysterical with hope and happiness after Jameis Winston’ first game in New Orleans.

Nearly all the headlines were owned by former defensive end Jacquies Smith, who had three sacks and a forced fumble of Drew Brees that day in a 26-19 Bucs win, but most Tampa Bay fans walked away from the game thinking, ‘Hey, America’s Quarterback can play!’

Jameis was coming off the terrible Tennessee Ready game, his rookie debut that saw him complete less than half his passes and throw two interceptions at home. A week later against the Saints, Jameis outplayed Brees and his lone turnover was a fumble. It was huge progress and Jameis made big throws in the game.

In 2016, Jameis went to New Orleans for the biggest game of his career.

The Bucs were 8-6, the Saints were 6-8 with a sad defense, and a win likely would have propelled Tampa Bay into the playoffs. Sadly, Jameis forced a bad interception to a double-covered Russell Shepard in the red zone with eight minutes remaining and the Bucs trailing 31-21. That play was the dagger in the game and what was a furious Bucs comeback after trailing 20-7 in the third quarter.

A year later, Jameis became world famous for his eat a “W” pregame speech in New Orleans before he went out and got off to a slow start and then walked onto the field to poke Saints quarterback Marshon Lattimore in the head, which led to a Mike Evans cheap shot and a suspension after a scuffle broke out, and then Jameis got injured in the game and was done for the day.

Like many Bucs fans do, Joe has each Jameis road game in New Orleans forever burned in his brain. All three were very memorable Bucs games of this decade — two low, one high.

Joe has a feeling today will be another one for the history books.

27 Responses to “3 Jameis Trips To New Orleans, 3 Unforgettable Games”

  1. Kevinator24 Says:

    Hopefully it’s the good kind of history

  2. ITS ABOUT TIME !! Says:

    With brees out we have a chance … play balanced football and we should get a WIN

  3. DB55 Says:

    walked onto the field to poke Saints quarterback Marshon Lattimore in the head, which led to a Mike Evans cheap shot and a suspension after a scuffle broke out,
    You say it like it’s a bad thing.

  4. Says:

    I only remember the W, poke game lol

  5. Chris l Says:

    Don’t forget after that New Orleans game a couple days later the Uber incident surfaced. One of the worst weeks

  6. Licht Headed Says:

    The biggest stumbling block to beating the Saints today is the play calling from the sidelines. Giants were handed a win; Bucs should be 3-1.

  7. Bob in Valrico Says:

    This could be a defensive battle, Saints have a very good defense. Our deep
    threats could give us an edge over Bridgewater’s short passing game if Jameis can maintain his poise and execute the offense.

  8. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “Bridge can ONLY throw short passes

    We MUST play tight man2man off the line

    Dare him to throw over the top

    EVERYTHING defended inside 10 yards of the LOS”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  9. BucInCLE Says:

    I think today’s game is a HUGE tone-setter for years to come. It’s starting to look like these two teams are going to be competing for this division year in and year out. Atlanta and Carolina are in tough spots coaching/quarterback-wise and their windows are closing. As much as I hate the guy, Sean Payton is showing that he can be successful without Brees. It’s up to us today to determine if we’re ready to put ourselves in the conversation.

  10. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Want street cred? Go out and beat a good Saints team in their house today and take over 1st place in the NFC South.

  11. BringBucsBack Says:

    Hopefully Jameis can be Fitzmajic in N’owlans the way Fitzmajic was in N’owlans, last year!

    BucinCLE, say what you want about Carolina but, right now, we share the same record.

  12. BucInCLE Says:


    I was referring to moving forward. Not just this year. I’m definitely not counting them out this season.

  13. orlbucfan Says:

    A good friend who is a cajun native and follows the Saints, says that the Bucs are improving rapidly and will have to be taken seriously. He mentioned Brees is just about set to retire. That will be a downturn for Payton as he has to replace the QB. How do you follow an act like Brees? Bucs need to come out loose and confident, holding their heads up. Jameis, too. No reason why Bucs can’t win. That includes the ref factor, too.

  14. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    We want to see predictions about Bucs games in the future!

    Man up Joseph. Reveal your truth. Like a Bucs fan speak your truth. Smh

    Go Bucs!!!

  15. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    Don’t come with the excuse that there is 2 of you. You both can predict.

    Do you have what it takes? Lol

  16. bucnole Says:

    I expect we might see a lot of misdirection and screens kind of like what the Panthers did to us last with with several shots down failed against our “fixed” secondary. I can also see Taysom Hill getting some gadget plays. This should be a very interring chess match between 2 good coaching staffs

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:

    It’s hard for Buc fans to not overreact to a single game like this contest with the Saints.

    We have battered fan syndrome.

    I’m the optimist so I think the answers will come out positively today. But any honest person has to admit the questions are understandably out there.

    1.) Can this team FINALLY build on success?

    2.) ” ” QB ” ” ” ” ?

    3.) Can this defense finally build on success?

    Those are the three questions in my mind anyway. If we answer all three with a yes…we’re on our way.

  18. DalvinCookRules Says:

    Even without Brees, NO is more than capable of beating the Bucs and doing so handily. This will be the best defense the Bucs have faced and they have more tape on the Bucs offense than any team we’ve faced so far–we know less about their offense under Bridgewater, which we can assume is continually evolving.

  19. Jmon300@gmail.com Says:

    Any given Sunday

  20. Billy_45 Says:

    I agree completely @Son of Kobe.
    Bridgewater tops the league with 93% of his throws considered SHORT.

    If we lay back today, game over.

    If White plays and we bump and run and are physical, we might just blow them out.

    Apple CAN’T cover Godwin. PERIOD.

    Jameis will have open guys, just has to find them.

  21. RODNEY ALLEN Says:

    This will be a hard fought game. I expect to need several beers or anxiety meds lol. We can definitely win this one but it will probably come down to the last 5 mins. Whens the last time we even thought we had a chance in The Big Easy. Go Bucs Beat them Aints. IN BA WE TRUST

  22. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    Jameis keeps it going, we win today. IMO Tom Moore is the man behind the curtain with Jameis’ impressive play as of late.

  23. Bucs96 Says:

    So the defense gave up 31 points & Jameis had to score 40 to beat the Saints. Why does this story sound familiar SMH. But let’s all say Jameis had a bad game b/c he was trying to score 40 that day.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The truth is that Drew Brees will be retiring in a couple years, if not sooner. So the NFC South QB situation is up for grabs.

    Newton will not be the new best. Ryan has a chance. Winston is better than Newton, and close to Ryan.

    If Winston has truly turned a corner, than he could become the best QB in the division over the next couple years.

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The secondary will improve. They’re young and developing. Once they get it, this team will be unstoppable.

  26. A Train Says:

    For the record, Lattimore was on the Bucs sidelines taunting and talkin sh*t, so he had it coming, frankly.

  27. JameisAlmighty! Says:

    Famous Jameis is the best QB in the division. Soon to be league when Tom Brady stops cloning himself.