Saints Embarrass Buccaneers 41-0
One week after being handled by the New York Giants, the New Orleans Saints bounced back with one of the most dominating victories in franchise history. For the first time since 1995, the Saints shutout an opponent, embarrassing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday by the score of 41-0.
Offensively, New Orleans methodically marched up and down the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field. The Saints wracked up 447 yards of total offense, scoring 5 touchdowns in the process. Zero turnovers for New Orleans was also a welcome sight on the stat sheet.
Drew Brees threw for 307 yards and 4 touchdowns (Dave Thomas, Lance Moore, Darren Sproles, Joe Morgan). Nine different Saints registered a reception, with tight end Jimmy Graham leading the way. Graham finished with 5 receptions for 69 yards.
Mark Ingram (pictured) led a New Orleans rushing attack that grinded out 149 yards on the ground. Ingram finished with a season-high 90 yards on 14 carries. He capped off the Saints big offensive day with the final touchdown of the game, trotting in from 11 yards out.
Defense was the bigger story of the day. For a team that typically ranks in the top-tier of NFL offense, it's the Saints D (who just lost a key starter) that has been much maligned this season. Sunday was a different story. New Orleans forced 5 turnovers, held Tampa Bay to 386 total yards of offense, sacked Bucs QB Josh Freeman twice (Will Smith, Cameron Jordan), and picked him off 4 times (Jabari Greer 2, Rafael Bush 1, Isa Abdul-Quddus 1).
In the end, it all added up to one of the most dominating performances in franchise history. With the victory, New Orleans improves to 6-8. The Bucs fall to 6-8 with the loss.
The Saints have two games left on the season, hitting the road next week to battle the Dallas Cowboys. Kick-off next Sunday is set for noon.