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New Orleans Saints passing game tears Tampa Bay Buccaneers apart in first half

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have blown the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass coverage apart in the first half as they lead the Bucs 28-14.

Brees has thrown touchdown passes of 44, 10, 41 and 76-yards to give the Saints a commanding lead at half time.

Both teams scored on their first possession as Brees hit Lance Moore for 44-yards. The Bucs responded immediately, as Mike Glennon connected with Tiquan Underwood for 48-yards on a flea-flicker to tie the game.

Strikes to Jimmy Graham, then Robert Meacham, put the Saints up 21-7 before Glennon hit tight end Tim Wright for a 1-yard score.

The Saints would restore their two touchdown lead on a blown coverage by the Bucs secondary as Brees hit Kenny Stills for 76-yards.

Glennon has completed 13 of 22 for 133 yards with two scores while Brian Leonard has been the Bucs best rusher, as he has 35 yards on five attempts.

Brees, on the other hand, has 321 passing yards and has completed 17 of 21 passes with four touchdowns.

While the defense has limited the Saints to only 28 rushing yards, the failures of the Bucs secondary has put the Bucs in a big hole that will be difficult to overcome.

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