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FessJL0861
08-22-2010, 06:00 PM
Team Stat Comparison

NO

TB
1st Downs 27 22
Passing 1st downs
13 15
Rushing 1st downs
14 3
1st downs from Penalties
0 4
3rd down efficiency
9-12 6-15
4th down efficiency
0-0 2-3
Total Plays 64 66
Total Yards 475 277
Passing 263 235
Comp-Att
21-32 27-47
Yards per pass
8.2 5.0
Rushing 212 42
Rushing Attempts
32 18
Yards per rush
6.6 2.3
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-4 1-1
Penalties 10-95 5-30
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost
0 1
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 31:29 28:31
Passing Leaders
New Orleans C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT RATING
Brees 21/32 263 8.2 3 1 109.2
Tampa Bay C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT RATING
Freeman 25/43 219 5.1 1 0 79.5
Johnson 2/4 17 4.3 0 0 61.5
Rushing Leaders
New Orleans CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Ivory 15 158 10.5 0 33
Jones 9 32 3.6 0 16
Tampa Bay CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Williams 10 18 1.8 0 8
Johnson 1 11 11.0 0 11
Receiving Leaders
New Orleans REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Meachem 4 71 17.8 1 42 5
Moore 2 57 28.5 1 41 4
Tampa Bay REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Williams 7 63 9.0 0 15 8
Stroughter 3 51 17.0 0 27 9
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER NOR TAM
TD 07:13 Lance Moore 41 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick) 7 0
SECOND QUARTER NOR TAM
TD 14:09 Robert Meachem 42 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick) 14 0
FG 04:33 Garrett Hartley 27 Yd 17 0
THIRD QUARTER NOR TAM
TD 01:23 Heath Evans 4 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick) 24 0
FOURTH QUARTER NOR TAM
TD 05:35 Micheal Spurlock 2 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 24 6
TD 01:54 Ladell Betts 1 Yd Run (Garrett Hartley Kick) 31 6


TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints got some unexpected help in reviving a sputtering rushing attack around Drew Brees.

Brees threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, leading the Super Bowl champions to a 31-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Saints rebounded from a mistake-filled road loss that dumped them into third place in the NFC South, scoring on their first three possessions and getting an unexpected lift from rookie running back Chris Ivory.

Ivory rushed for 158 yards on 15 carries, stepping up in the absence of the injured Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas.

The Saints (4-2) amassed 475 yards total offense and weren't forced to punt until early in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay (3-2) was held scoreless until Josh Freeman led a long fourth-quarter touchdown drive aided by a pair of personal foul penalties for a late hit on the second-year quarterback.

The Saints finished with 212 yards rushing. Julius Jones gained 32 yards on nine attempts in his New Orleans debut, and Ladell Betts had 20 yards on six carries.

New Orleans committed four turnovers, including three interceptions, in a 30-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week.

Brees completed eight of his first nine attempts against the Bucs, including TD throws of 41 yards to Lance Moore and 42 yards to Robert Meachem. Those scores were the first two times the Saints touched the ball against a defense that had been one of the keys to a surprising start that had Tampa Bay ahead of New Orleans in the division.

The Saints began the day next to last in the NFL in rushing, averaging 75.6 yards per game. Ivory had not been much of a factor, gaining 119 yards through the first five weeks of the season. But the undrafted free agent out of Division II Tiffin set the tone for a big day with an 18-yard carry up the middle on his team's first play.

Freeman completed 25 of 43 passes for 219 yards and one TD, a 2-yard throw to Micheal Spurlock on fourth-and-goal with just over five minutes to go. A 2-point conversion attempt failed, New Orleans recovered an onside kick and scored on Betts' 1-yard touchdown that left Saints fans in the announced crowd of 51,759 chanting "Who Dat!"

Tampa Bay entered having won five of seven dating to a come-from-behind overtime against the Super Bowl champions late last season. The stretch of success has highlighted the growth of Freeman and a young defense that's gotten better since coach Raheem Morris began serving as defensive coordinator.

New Orleans scored on its first three possessions, going 94, 80 and 77 yards to build a 17-0 lead on the touchdowns by Moore and Meachem, plus Garrett Hartley's 27-yard field goal.

Brees had the Saints on the move again just before halftime when safety Cody Grimm's interception on a pass tipped by linebacker Quincy Black stopped a drive deep in Tampa Bay territory.

New Orleans came up empty again when an offensive pass interference call on Jimmy Graham denied the Saints quarterback a TD pass. Three plays later, Hartley hooked a 33-yard field goal attempt wide left. Tampa Bay didn't force New Orleans' only punt of the afternoon until three minutes into the fourth quarter.

Two promising Buccaneers drives ended with Connor Barth missing field goal attempts of 40 and 47 yards. Two unnecessary roughness penalties on Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins for a late hit on Freeman out of bounds fueled an 88-yard drive that enabled Tampa Bay to avoid being shut out.

All stats and information taken from ESPN.com and the AP. They are not original works of this user.

FessJL0861
10-17-2010, 05:09 PM
Post game is up.

ReaderM
10-17-2010, 05:11 PM
525 yards in 3 games.. that basically tells the whole story. Saints just killed the Bucs on D today and stopped them in the red zone ( 2 missed FG didn't help either)

At this point, Bucs are still 3-2 so that is good but i would consider next week's game against the Rams a must win because in their 2 loses in which they faced legit playoffsteams they were blown out.. if the run D keeps to be this bad, it might start to be a long season though Race to 10 is still on and 8-8 is still highly probably.