Why the Buccaneers should worry about the Saints in Week 2

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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From a glance at both team’s rosters, any NFL fan would be remiss if they didn’t put money on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win their game against the New Orleans Saints this coming weekend, however, that bet could easily turn out poorly for them.

Despite the gap in talent between the two teams, the Bucs have every reason to be worried about their game against the Saints this Sunday and would be foolish to not take it seriously.

For one, the Bucs and Tom Brady have notoriously struggled against the Saints. Since the Bucs acquired Brady, they have only been able to record a single win against their division rivals in five games, a feat many teams cannot claim about facing a Brady-led team.

So, this game means a lot more mentally than it will in terms of the standings for the Bucs. If you want to have a run at a Super Bowl later in the season, it’s vital that the team mentally feels they can beat anyone else in the league, so having teams like the Saints consistently beat you is a confidence killer.

Additionally, the Bucs will need all the confidence they can get in preparation for their next two games against powerhouses in the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Saints are also coming off a big win and will undoubtedly be confident and hoping to prove themselves against the Bucs. They also have the benefit of playing a very banged up Bucs team with over five receivers dealing with injuries this week.

The Bucs O-line continues to also be a point of worry, especially when facing talented pass rushing teams like the Saints. This will undoubtedly force Brady into getting rid of the football a lot quicker than he would like throughout the game to avoid sacks.

This isn’t to say the Bucs still won’t come out of the day with a win, but to think of this as anything but a challenging game that the Bucs must dominate to win would be a grave mistake for the team.

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