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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Its been an interesting week watching the pundits talk about Sunday's game. Most are picking the Saints to go on the road and beat Tampa Bay. Oddsmakers even made New Orleans the road favorite. For the life of me, I ...

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Old 10-19-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Its been an interesting week watching the pundits talk about Sunday's game. Most are picking the Saints to go on the road and beat Tampa Bay. Oddsmakers even made New Orleans the road favorite. For the life of me, I can't figure out why. Yes, Drew Brees is great. Always has been, probably always will be (unless he goes all Favre on us). The Bucs will be without Aquib Talib, their top cornerback and have been torched in the past. 1+1=2 right?

But these aren't the Sean Payton Saints. Essentially Drew Brees is his own offensive coordinator, meaning there's not much balance on offense. The Saints have always been bad on defense - but they're at 2011 Bucs bad on defense this season. Plus, they'll be without their best pass rusher in Will Smith, who begins his suspension this week.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are coming off their most complete game of the season. An excellent defensive performance combined with a good day by Freeman and the Bucs running game led to a dominant victory over Kansas City. Yes, many of the pundits said - that's just the Chiefs. Indeed, the same Chiefs that went to New Orleans and beat the Saints.

It seems the experts just expect the Saints to be the Saints - but even when they have been one of the best teams in the NFL, the Bucs have always given them fits.

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