Buccaneers: Finding positives in the blowout loss vs. Saints

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Finding the positives for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the blowout loss to the Saints

It’s easy to find the things that went wrong for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New Orleans Saints Sunday evening, but what about the positives?

The Buccaneers were completely outplayed, outcoached and out-classed in every single facet of the game Sunday against their divisional rivals. The result? A 38-3 blowout loss that likely could’ve been much worse.

As we look back at this game, much of it is something in which Tampa Bay should just use the common old phrase ‘burn the tape and move on,’ but there are some positives- well if you want to look at them that way- that we can take from Sunday night.

The positives were few and far in between for the Buccaneers against the Saints

  • Ryan Succop continues his impressive, consistent play at kicker
  • Tom Brady can’t play much worse than three interceptions and we should expect a spectacular performance from him in the coming weeks.
  • The offensive line now has two games worth of film on the Saints’ pass-rush- The same can be said about the rest of the team in general in case a postseason game with New Orleans is on the horizon.
  • You’re still only a couple of Saints losses from being back in lead and are firmly in the wild-card race.
  • The young defenders learned valuable lessons about playing against real passing teams.
  • Everything went right for the Saints and nothing went right for the Bucs. The exact opposite could very well be in play in a rematch.
  • The pressure is now off of the Bucs to ‘be the hunted’ the rest of the way. Instead, they can fill an underdog role.
  • Shaquil Barrett finally got on the sack board and Devin White played pretty well.
  • Antonio Brown looks like he’s in shape, it’s just a matter of chemistry building between WRs and Brady.

Say what you want, but there’s something to the fact that everything we right for the Saints Sunday night.

If the two play again, don’t expect all the breaks to go in New Orleans’ favor. That’s just how the football bounces.

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There weren’t many positives to find for the Buccaneers, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any optimism for the team moving forward.