3 Saints for the Buccaneers to watch out for in the playoffs
By Rob Leeds
Alvin Kamara hasn’t been dominant in his prior matchups with the Buccaneers this season, but that doesn’t take away from his potential impact.
As the Saints’ leading receiver with 21 total touchdowns, Kamara is a walking offensive explosion waiting to happen. The Bucs should easily be able to shut down the dominant running back on the ground, but Kamara is the best receiving back in the NFL right now, so the smart money is still on him getting his touches in this game.
The bad news for Tampa Bay is that Kamara’s inability to generate a rushing attack in the past two games has done nothing to slow the Saints down. Kamara was only able to generate 56 total yards on the ground during the Buccaneers’ two losses, so the Bucs can’t rely on the stout run defense to flip the script.
Kamara wasn’t as proficient through the air in the second matchup, but again, this didn’t slow down the Saints, and the odds are high that his performances will start to trend upwards.
Considering that Kamara has played two of his worst games of the season against the Bucs, Tampa Bay may not worry about him too much at face value. Still, the Buccaneers will have to keep the explosive running back from making the most of his touches if they want to keep themselves in contention for a victory.