Primetime: Bucs At Saints

January 10th, 2021

This may make Bucs fans ill. Joe just wants to puke.

The Bucs will travel to New Orleans next week to face the Saints in the NFC Division Round. No team in recent history has the Bucs’ number more than Drew Brees and the Saints.

To make the game more nauseating for Bucs fans, it will be in primetime for the nation to witness, Sunday on FOX (locally, WTVT-TV Channel 13). A 6:40 kickoff is scheduled.

Networks have yet to release the announcing crews for the weekend.

And we all know just how sharp the Bucs play in primetime.

If the Bucs win this game, it will go down as a momentous victory in Bucs history.

Joe has his fingers crossed. That’s all one can do.

100 Responses to “Primetime: Bucs At Saints”

  1. TampaTown Says:

    Joe: Snap out of it! We need you to be positive! That being said we better not roll over and squeal like stuck pigs or that guy in that scene in Deliverance. It’s about time we punch the Saints in the mouth.

  2. El_Buc941 Says:

    Joe isnt every playoff game technically a primetime game?

  3. TB55 Says:

    The Bucs just won a playoff game in primetime. Also scored more points than any other NFC playoff team this weekend… againt a very good defense. Chill.

  4. El_Buc941 Says:

    As POTUS likes to say @ TampaTown….GRAB EM BY THE KITTY!

  5. Jaaon Says:

    Gonna be a game for the ages. Man it’s just so awesome being in this position. Playing this big of a game and a chance to get the sweetest redemption since beating the eagles to shut down the vet. Let’s Go !!!!!

  6. ModHairKen Says:

    Oh stop whining, Joe. You want to be Super Bowl Champs? Win the games.

  7. Oxycondoms Says:

    640 is better start time than after 8. Bradys biological clock coincides with those 630 superbowl start times

  8. Jon Says:

    Elbuc1941. Just as long as he doesn’t actually do it like dementia Joe

  9. NVMatt Says:

    If you want to be the best you need to beat the best.

  10. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    This was my worst fear… But suddenly I’m ok with it. We knew it would come to this. We all knew there would be no Super Bowl without getting this monkey off our back. LFG!

  11. Just Sayin’ Says:

    Send Brees into retirement

  12. BradysQuinoa Says:

    Bucco Brady lives for these moments. I’m just now starting to realize our QB is the baddest MF’er on the PLANET. Time for Papa Brady to daddy up on Brees and the Saints. GO BUCS!!

  13. kgh4life Says:

    If the Bucs want to go to the Super Bowl they have to play the best, and that’s the Saints. Good thing is Drew Brees doesn’t throw the ball down field like he use to, I wish Todd Bowles new that.

  14. TampaTown Says:

    If Bowles opens in zone defense I’m going to lose my mind

  15. JustBucNwin Says:

    Aren’t we making a run for the ultimate primetime game?!?! From here on out all of our games are on the national stage…it’s the playoffs!!

  16. OHBucFan Says:

    NFL has the Bucs back. Prime time game on Saturday? Nope. Giving them an extra day and 90 minutes earlier than PT. What more could we want?
    They gonna pound dem Saints!

  17. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Uh the Donald is the one that admits to that behavior. At least until he’s locked up, then it will take on a whole new meaning

    Joe rubs shoulders.

  18. TampaTown Says:

    Buc941: Whatever it takes. And if you think they’re aren’t sk@nks out there willing to do anything to land an old rich guy, you are sadly mistaken my friend.

  19. Logan Says:

    Our offense is gonna be fine. Our defense is so bad that we won’t be able to win this game unless there’s a miracle.

  20. Coburn Says:

    Tampatown. You know he will… It almost seems like he plays soft zone at the start of every game to feel the opponent out and see what they’ll do. Some games he makes adjustments finally at half (a bit late) and unfortunately some he seems to just stick with it all game. Comes across as very tentative to start the game to me.. just like the offense starting out wanting the ball lately to change their mindset, ie like to see a similar action by the defense by coming out aggressive from the get go

  21. Will Says:

    Bears gave the Saints all they could handle but dumb penalties and drops cost them in the end. I was going for a Bears win but it’s time to get over this hump and beat the Saints. This is normally where Evans and Smith disappear if they play well and defensively we get pressure on Brees and don’t let guys run wide open we’ll win. That’s a lot to ask for plus with Cappa being out (I believe) we’ve got an uphill battle but with Brady at the helm I think everyone will raise their game.

  22. Jmarkbuc Says:


    You , me and everyone knows what the Saints like to do… shouldn’t be a mystery for anyone.

    I just wanna know why we never seem to have any intensity. It’s like sleepwalking. Never seen defense like it.

  23. Joe Says:

    Oh stop whining, Joe. You want to be Super Bowl Champs?

    Yeah. Joe likes to have a short memory. History doesn’t matter. Game’s in the bag. Saints suck. Why show up?

  24. TampaTown Says:

    Coburn: Well said. I can’t help but pine for our SuperBowl era defense and shutting down the Vet with the biggest defensive play (biggest play period) in Bucs history. Defense is what makes you tough.

  25. Coburn Says:

    Will be tough without cappa. Evans needs to be healthy and step up… Would be really sweet to see him finally own Lattimore. Usually Lattimore has his number. Didnt agree with what he did in past against him, but that’s ancient history. Whupping him and an acknowledgement that he wasn’t as mature back then a d made a mistake would be two very sweet things

  26. Godlovesbucs Says:

    With the cappa injury i was hoping for the saints over the rams. Aaron donald inside is scarier than jordan on the edge when your guard is ted larsen. Gotta out physical them, that will be tough. They are a tough nasty team, punch them in the mouth and out aggressive them.

  27. Marques Says:

    No chance and I’m an optimist. This defence will get torched. We really miss Vita .

  28. EA Says:

    You have to beat whoever they put in front of you, saints are a solid very well coached team, if the bucs choke than they didn’t deserve to advance, simple as that.
    To be the best you have to beat the best. Can’t have the ball on your hands and drop it multiple times whether is receivers or DBs, too much nerves from this team against WFT, gotta go out there and play solid mistake free football to have a shot.

  29. Bucamania Says:

    Bring on the stinkin Saints!

  30. Rob Says:

    If you want to win the Super Bowl, you have to beat everyone. Lets eat a few W’s in New Orleans! Not afraid. Go Bucs!

  31. Bangkok Buc Says:

    It’s the playoffs. All games are prime time.

  32. Patrick Says:

    Oh please. This so called “unable to win on PrimeTime” is all psychological.

  33. Cannon Says:

    It’s only fitting that the Bucs play the Saints. They’re the only team that can legit say they’re better than us.

    As such, I say bring it on. If you wanna make it to the Super Bowl, then rise to occasion. Beat the Saints in the post season, and erase those two ugly losses.

    Let’s make a statement this Sunday. A good statement.

  34. MDFree Says:

    O get over it. The Super Bowl is played in primetime. That’s the goal. Gotta beat the best to be the best.

  35. Bucamania Says:

    I’ll say it again. AB has OWNED Lattimore and the Saints in previous match ups. 185yds and 2 TDs in 2018. Ab is the X factor. Get him the ball!

  36. Mr no rings Says:

    If you want to BE the man you must BEAT the man!

  37. Bucamania Says:

    The Bucs can’t win in the cold. We all remember that.

  38. Walter Says:

    This feels like DESTINY, like facing the Eagles in on our way to the Super Bowl. Let’s beat these punks when it counts the most

  39. Tvan101 Says:

    After all these years of Brees beating us, let’s be the ones to retire Drew Brees and finally get the Demon off our back. If we can beat the saints we have a real shot at the superbowl.

  40. Glenn Williams Says:

    I’ve read most of the comments and I’m so happy to see our TRUE fans are very optimistic about our chances. If they’re gonna reach to the mountain top, they have to overcome anything and everything thats in the way. I’m tired of hearing, they’re 11-5 but…they beat the WFT but…I’m tired of hearing that bs. They haven’t gotten any type of real respect since they lost the very first game against the saints. I even heard Joe said on the podcast a few weeks back that he believe the Bucs won’t get in the playoffs and even if they do, they’re be out the first round. Ira had a different perspective and that was soooo refreshing to hear. Ira called it from the beginning…11-5. I’m soooo tired of Joe being a Debbie Downer. I know you’re speaking your mind and speaking facts but DAMN! Not everyone shares your feelings as being shown. This is the Bucs time to show everyone who they are. If they lay out a turd, I’ll fully understand. Until then, stay positive. They’re still in the playoffs. There’s plenty to be excited about. Btw…didn’t you say not too long ago that YOU hope they’ll get a revenge game against the Saints and America’s quarterback so they can eat W’s and send them home and retire Drew Brees? I’m paraphrasing what you said but I’m close

  41. gofortheface30 Says:

    Coburn -The F are you talking about. Now isn’t the time for Evans to apologize to lattimore for shi. For what? To ease your (would someone PLEASE think of the children?!) sensitive Emotions? F Lattimore, F Jenkins and especially F CJ Gardner Johnson. The saints have nothing but human TRASH in that defensive backfield. Lattimore deserved it, and I hope the Bucs burn that garbage dump of a stadium down, right after they plant a Bucs flag right on the Saints logo

  42. WHO 😀❗️ Says:

    I’ve been a “REAL ❗️“ BUCS FAN ❗️Since 1976, and To Joe, and To All of THE HATERS, “Who’s afraid of The Big Bad Wolf, The Big Bad Saints, The Big Bad Saints 😀❗️“ Remember folks, All of the experts that in the past that said “Tom Brady has no chance, They were the ones that ate their words. I Put my 💰💰💰💰ON THE G.O.A.T., THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME ❗️❗️❗️THE GREATEST MONEY PLAYER OF ALL TIME ❗️❗️❗️THE GREATEST BIG GAME PLAYER OF ALL TIME 💰💰💰💰❗️TOM TB 12 💰🇺🇸❗️

  43. Pewter Power Says:

    It’s a divisional playoff game duh all the games are prime time just like it was last night, there won’t be any luck involved because saints don’t make many mistakes and they don’t defensive assignments as consistently as the buccaneers. The better roster will win, Brady can’t save the bucs against top tier teams, they all have to play at an elite level to win this week. Yea they can win but until they show it look for all the analysts to be picking the saints which is an easy obvious choice based on history

  44. Coburn Says:

    All I’m saying is if Evans owned his ass and then took the high roadand said good game bro,sorry about that thing years ago. I’d love it. Don’t expect it though and certainly not owed at this point. Really doubt it’s ever happen

  45. Coburn Says:

    I dunno. Just rmemwber last matchup the announcers were talking about Lattimore having extra fuels after his uncalled for actions. Would be nice to hear his side of it if nothing else. Not sure if they even bothered.

  46. Jerry Says:

    Biggest Bucs game in nearly 18 years.

  47. Teflon Don OG Says:

    He’s got6 super bowl rings.. all those games were played in prime time. Not worried about it.. gotta win when it counts regular season is in the past now. Get redemption on these guys and send Brees into retirement

  48. unbelievable Says:

    Agreed Coburn about wanting to see Evans dominate Lattimore. Lattimore is overrated IMO I dunno how he’s had Mike’s number.

    Along with that I would love to see Suh, White and David (or Shaq or JPP) just destroy both Brees and Taysom Hill. But especially Hill, on one of his little gadget plays.

    There is NO TEAM in the league I want to beat more than the Saints!

    Can our defense play angry? I sure hope so. I want blood…

  49. unbelievable Says:

    Also 6:40 is way earlier than 8:15, it should be okay.

  50. Glenn Williams Says:

    Maybe its just me…I feel very calm and very confident that the Bucs will go to the Super Bowl. I don’t know…the same feeling when Jon Gruden came here on his first year and they were in the playoffs, I’m feeling the same vibe like, there’s no way the season will be over. To me, the Saints are the Eagles when McNabb was there (NFC Championship game January 19th, 2003). The Eagles always had our number but not that year. I feel the same way. So let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride bc there’s no telling when we’ll experience this again

  51. Dubcity6 Says:

    Sheesh reading this made me want to throw up.

    Gotta beat the best to be the best. If they can’t beat NO then they don’t deserve the title. This Win will eliminate all the excuses and haters.

    I believe my Bucs will win. GO BUCS

  52. BringBucsBack Says:

    Why wouldn’t you want another shot at the team that beat you, twice?

  53. Rod Munch Says:

    Tvan101 – That’s a good point, these Bucs have the chance to retire Brees, just like in 2002 they shutdown that dump of a stadium in Philadelphia.

    That 2002 Bucs had Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Ronde Barber, Simeon Rice, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Alstott, Keenan McCardell, Brian Kelly and many more – that team had tons of swagger and were pissed going into Philadelphia, and there wasn’t a team on earth that was going to beat them that day, and certainly not the next week in the SB.

    Does this team have that type of swagger and anger? I really don’t know. Brady has that in spades, but who else? It’s not a knock on anyone, but this is many of the guys first time here, they don’t have that anger of being robbed out of a SB in Jan 2000, they don’t have that anger of back to back playoff loses to Eagles while having to sit in their awful, dirty, puke infested stadium. Can these Bucs get mad and focused enough to win this?

    We will see.

  54. Joe Says:

    Why wouldn’t you want another shot at the team that beat you, twice?

    Because they have your number?

  55. Rod Munch Says:

    Early line is Bucs +3… I’m surprised it that’s low, I thought it would be closer to +6. If I had no affection for the Bucs, based on the history with these two I’d be putting down a good amount of money on the Saints at only -3.

  56. Jerry Says:

    Both meetings this year came at the worst times.

    The first meeting was garbage. Week 1. No pre-season. And the Bucs with so many new pieces and Brady still gelling with the team. Can’t read much into that one.
    The second meeting was when the team was at the lowest point of a mid-season funk, and it just got out of control.

    This time the offense is hot. Team is quite healthy. The team is motivated to get revenge and send Brees to retirement with a loss to a rival.

    Vegas knows this one will be different. We are only 3.5 point dogs. When you consider the home team gets 3 points, the oddmakers consider these teams even.

  57. Wesley Says:

    Better than an 8:15 start.

  58. Steven007 Says:

    Joe, that’s a defeatist attitude. If they have our number again on Sunday then we’ll go back to the drawing board and hope to beat them next year. But they are the team in front of us and to pretend that we can’t win and be scared of this team is just silly. And as several other posters have said, all playoff games are essentially prime time. We won last night in a similar slot.

  59. TampaTown Says:

    Rod it was us against The World in 2002 and if you remember Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” was our thumping theme song. You’re right it’s hard to see that attitude in this team. Goforthreface sounds like he’d be fun to go to a game with.

  60. Cobraboy Says:

    @Rod Munch: I hope whoever is at RG develops some swagger going into Sunday, because he’ll need it.

    I hope the defense is thoroughly embarrassed by that Week 9 game and has a massive chip on their shoulder.

    I hope Leftwich and Bowles figure out completely different game plans.

    I “feel” like I felt when the Bucs had to go to Philly for the NFC Championship after being owned by them for years.

    This will be the test: how much progress has this team made? Are they better than two months ago? Are the Saints?

  61. webster Says:

    Hey joe

    All playoff games are primetime as they are the only games on tv when they are played.

  62. Now IS the Time! Says:

    Exactly what Go For The Face said!


    What are you talking about? Do you really think that begging Karma is gonna win the game? Get Real! WE HAVE TO TAKE IT AND SLAM THEM ALL TO THE GROUND MY FRIENDS!

    I’m more of a “Will To Power” kind of guy myself. Begging Karma IS NOT the answer!
    I’ll happily take all the luck we can get but have NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. WE “MUST” take it!

    You HAVE TO overcome your demons and you HAVE TO Beat the best to Be the BEST! And I feel in my gut that we Will Indeed be toting an Exorcist with us to that game and We WILL SLAY The AIN’TS and send them back to the pit they crawled out of!

    Mark it on your calendar. On January the 17th 2021, We WILL WIN our second post season game!

    GO BUCS!

  63. Coburn Says:

    Watching browns. Look pretty good. Was just thinking man…not holding my breath but would so love to see us against them it only because both teams have been bad for so long lol

  64. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    They’ll win dude!! Stop dooming! … They won’t come out with same game plan… D-line needs to get to work tho

  65. Oxycondoms Says:

    Why was mj stewart let go so soon? Wasnt he drafted with smb?

  66. Rod Munch Says:

    Cobraboy – I don’t know, in 2002, going to Philly, I just had no doubts. That was an all-time great defense who had one of the best regular seasons in NFL history. In a year when scoring was at an all-time high (I believe that is accurate at the time) the Bucs allowed just over 12-points a game.

    Our offense this year has gotten on a hot streak over the last few weeks while the defense continues to be average, at best. But again, you don’t need to be an all-time great anything to win a SB, that just helps you do it easily. A team that just gets on a hot streak at the right time can win it all.

  67. Rod Munch Says:

    Oxycondoms – MJ was let go because he’s slow as hell. Did you see the two TDs in a row he gave up, in particular the second one that was man on man and he was at social distancing distance? SMB isn’t playing well, but he’s not at Ryan Smith levels of bad — and MJ is basically a slow version of Ryan Smith.

  68. Rob Says:

    Bring on the Saints, Joe!!! No fear…we can beat them.

  69. Dreambig Says:

    Is it tomorrow that Todd Bowles is spending the day with Detroit instead of losing sleep trying to figure out how to beat New Orleans?

  70. Buczilla Says:

    I absolutely despise the Saints for a myriad of reasons and if we can’t beat them, then we’re just not good enough. How sweet would it be to beat these punks on our way to the Superbowl? If we can’t beat them then we are obviously not ready and don’t deserve another championship. I can’t freaking wait til next weekend.

  71. webster Says:

    @ joe

    Did you ever play sports growing up? Im guessing no because you are always talking about football gods, praying for other teams to have injury issues and look for the easiest road to glory. To be a champion, there are no easy roads. Heck did you grow up with older brothers like i and so many others did? If so, that was your first introduction to competition. No matter how many times your older brothers beat you in sports, racing, cards, board games, jacks etc., you could not wait to play them the next time. Them having my number never crossed my mind because in my mind i was going to beat them next time i played. That mentality/experience prepared me for when i started competing with kids my age and trust me i was better for it. I have never heard of a competitor coward from a challenge. You must not have played sports or even had older brothers. Heck if you had no brothers, did you have an ol man? I did and i would compete with him until his age could no longer hold off my accension. We competed until he realized his best days were long gone. He was not on the avacodo ice cream diet. MAN UP!!!!

  72. Rod Munch Says:

    Stat I just read…

    Brady has now eclipsed 340 passing yards in six of his last eight games, while also throwing multiple touchdown passes in all eight contests in that sample.

    Wow, that is very impressive.

  73. Rod Munch Says:

    MJ just gave up his 3rd TD of the night…

  74. Anonymous Says:

    Joe if going to New Orleans next week to play a prime time game vs the Saints makes you feel uneasy consider the alternative….being out and not playing at all! Go Bucs!!! You can definitely do this!!

  75. Elita Vita Says:

    Joe, if going to New Orleans next week to play a prime time game makes you feel uneasy, consider the alternative of not being in it to play any game!

  76. Coburn Says:

    Eh I get what joe is saying. Some teams just don’t match up well and it’s felt like saints with their fierce pass rush a d ink and dink on offense is one of them. Doesnt have to mean they’re actually even a better team. Maybe there a team that would beat the saints that we could beat easily. It is what it is. Hopefully we buck the trend. Hard to beat a team twice in a season. Would say harder 3 times, but it’s playoffs. All bets are off.. but that’s also where Brady plays best so we will see. Just hope he doesn’t have to score every possession

  77. Howard Cosell Says:

    Remember when the Eagles would always win against a Dungy team?
    Remember Donovan McNabb?

    The Saints are like that but worse.

  78. Elita Vita Says:

    C’mon Joe, Did you think the path to the Super Bowl would be through TIAA & Met Life stadium??? Let’s beat the Saints and have something to really be proud of! Go Bucs!!

  79. admin Says:

    Joe if going to New Orleans next week to play a prime time game vs the Saints makes you feel uneasy consider the alternative….

    Alternative would be playing the Packers or Rams. 🙂

  80. Joe Says:

    All playoff games are primetime as they are the only games on tv when they are played.

    “Primetime” refers to the television industry term for the 8-11 p.m. period for networks. Not all playoff games are played in that timeslot, or even partially in that time slot.

  81. firethecannons Says:

    our guys need to play like they have nothing to lose
    Play to win, play to destroy, play to put an end to the Saints

  82. IrishMist Says:

    Nobody thought we had a chance in our NFC championship game against the Eagles, yet we left that rathole stadium with a win. Anything can happen.

  83. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Protect Brady, and they will be fine “ANYTIME” whether Prime time, garbage time, or even Brady going against Father Time in 2021. PROTECT BRADY and they will be fine. They can keep up offensively with the Aints, in spite of the defense that got abused last time against Drew Brees. If they would have scored in the last game, it would have been a different game. Again, ANYTIME IS FINE for playoff football. No excuses, man up or get beat and go home! GO BUCS!!!!

  84. emerson Says:

    I’m glad the Saints won, if you want to play in the big game, you got to beat all the top teams… not hope for the garbage teams like chi to have miracle wins.

  85. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    ….”they have your number”… this is what J said…. true.TB12 should ask Fitzpatrick number… ask him how to score 48 points…. that’s it. It is the ONLY way we can win this game…. no reliance on defense… once and for all we should accept that we CAN’T stop them scoring….TB12, find the way to outscore them, make your own calls, forget BL, and please call Fitzpatrick.
    JL, bring some posters with Fitz face…..:)

  86. Pete I Says:

    “Yeah. Joe likes to have a short memory. History doesn’t matter. Game’s in the bag. Saints suck. Why show up?” “Because they have your number?” This Joe is a fearful man and that is why he is writing about things instead of actually doing anything.

  87. Court XXXVII Says:

    “We ready…we ready….we ready for y’all!”

  88. Defense Rules Says:

    Why do I get the feeling that most of the optimists (?) commenting are really whistling in the dark? No need to psyche yourselves up; the Saints really aren’t the boogeyman under the bed. They went 12-4 this season & were beaten by the Raiders (we beat them), the Packers (we beat them), the Eagles (didn’t play them), and the Chiefs (both of us lost to them, by the same 1 FG). And the Saints didn’t really look much better against the Bears yesterday than we did earlier in the season. IOW … they can be beaten, but not if we play like we did in our first 2 games against them this season.

    Saints score an average of 30 PPG, and they’re quite consistent in doing that (scored 30 pts or more in half their games, including their 2 games against us). But we can also score, as in 31 PPG average this season (scored 30 pts or more in half our games also).

    Many have already said it: To be the best you’ve gotta beat the best. Defense: hold the Saints to no more than 30 points. Offense: score at least 31 points. No whining allowed … do your job TEAM. You got this.

  89. adam from ny Says:

    face it joe…

    we are supposed to play the saints…

    round 3…

    it’s all prime time now…

    go into the dome and open a can of whoop azz on these mofos like never before…

    if we win and rams win, no more cold games either…

    in fact i think if rams win, we have back to back home games then…championship home game, and superbowl home game…if it gets that far

  90. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    That’s exactly right. I agree wholeheartedly with you.

  91. Cobraboy Says:

    The Saints have both a superior OL & DL.

    That is why this game is in doubt.

    It is hard to scheme your way around talented Big Uglies…

  92. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Maybe we can win ?
    After all, Tennessee beat the Ravens twice this year, yet the Ravens just beat them, in the playoffs.
    The Saints looked invincible against the Bears.

  93. RICHARD weeks Says:

    No worries Joe, I will talk to Dr wenk this week about getting you something for anxiety for Sundays game…we got this, IN Brady WE TRUST!!!

  94. diggler Says:

    IrishMist Says:
    January 11th, 2021 at 3:42 am
    Nobody thought we had a chance in our NFC championship game against the Eagles, yet we left that rathole stadium with a win. Anything can happen.

    ^^^2nd greatest game and surprise win in Buccaneer history.

  95. Buc1987 Says:

    Philly had our number too Joe.

    Back in the day.

  96. sgrd0q Says:

    This is great that the Bucs are playing the Saints. This is the most legit way to get to the SB. Beat the Saints. If you want to be the best, beat the best. Then Green Bay, but if Green Bay don’t make it to the NFC championship game, at least they were beaten during the season, so beat the Rams. Then you go to the SB knowing you did luck out but earned it.

    That nonsense that the Saints have the Bucs number is just that – nonsense. In the past without Brady, yes. Just like in the past with Brady the Patriots had the Bills number. Not anymore. It is a level playing field. Two great quarterbacks on both teams. It will be a close and exciting game. Can’t wait!

  97. Ed Says:

    This is the game I wanted because I want to see the team prepared for what the Saints do on offense. Watch the highlight of the Bears last night. Brees is too smart to play a zone defense. Payton had the perfect game plan, short quick strikes to Sanders and Thomas. They find the holes Brees finds the soft spot.

    It is difficult to defend but the Bucs can only hold the New Orleans offense down if they take Kamara and Thomas out of the game. The Devin White train must get pressure up the middle. Trying to get Brees from the edge is impossible, his tackles just push them behind him and he steps up. For once this season I want to see the Bucs make a push up the middle and have someone on Kamara when he floats out of the backfield.

    I’m not as concerned about the Bucs offense, Brady has been sharp and he will find open receivers. Antonio Brown is a key here. Right now he’s the better option than Godwin, he’s quicker and when he’s clutch. He would never have dropped all those balls Godwin did. Chris is an amazing player but he really struggled yesterday and should see less targets this game. Get it to Brown, he’s a blur when he catches it. Even though Vaughn fumbled, he looks to me like a very good RB option when there is any kind of lane. Fornette contributed well but the guy is slow compared to Vaughn.

    Lets just hope the Bucs can make things more difficult for Brees than they have for other quarterbacks. There is no question that if he isn’t hit or put on the ground he will light up the Buc secondary.

    This game will be won by the team whose offensive and defensive lines play better than the other. The Bucs offensive line has shown improvement over the season but the defensive line doesn’t come out strong and if you let the Saints get up like in the previous 2 games, you are heading home.

    Arians, Bowles and BL are going to need to make many adjustments to keep their eyes on Thomas and Kamara. Don’t let those guys beat you!

  98. Greg Says:

    Is the playoffs Joe. There won’t be any other NFL game going on. It’s gonna be a Sunday. No matter what time the kick off is it’s prime time..

  99. m0j0 Says:

    Bucs got the 1st playoff game under their belts so no more jitters. I expect them to ball out this Sunday, regardless of the time. Brady is going to be like Maximus and tell the Bucs to unleash hell!

  100. Scooter Says:

    Brees 1st Pass Play, take the 15 yard penalty and possible fine and knock the snot out of him. Saints have the better defense, Bucs will have to outscore them to win.