New Buccaneers weapon is the X-factor versus the Saints

Julio Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Julio Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers are going through a long losing streak against the Saints in the regular season. Could Julio Jones flip the script?

Of all the teams in the NFL, no one team has a feel on the Buccaneers better than the Saints. This division rival, if we can even call them that at this point, has currently beaten Tom Brady and the Bucs in every regular season matchup since the GOAT arrived.

It didn’t matter if the Saints were playing with backups or emergency head coaches. The result was always the same outside of Tampa’s win in the playoffs.

The Buccaneers had to switch things up if they hoped to finally see a change in this area, and it looks like the signing of Julio Jones could be just the infusion of talent that was needed.

Jones’ win-loss record looks quite similar to that of Tampa’s with six career wins in the regular season and 12 career losses in games that he played, but that was clearly due to little fault of his own.

As an individual, Jones was a machine when playing his division opponents, and the Saints were no different.

While only accounting for three career receiving touchdowns against New Orleans in the regular season, Jones has been nearly unstoppable in the other areas that count. With 102 career receptions against the Saints for 1,615 yards, the newest Buccaneer receiver has averaged 15.8 yards per reception and 90 yards per game against New Orleans.

That is going to help in a major way on Sunday if the Buccaneers actually decide to use their passing offense again.

The Week 1 win running the ball looked good on paper in some areas, but the Buccaneers need to get back to what they do best if they want to escape Week 2 with a win. Use Julio Jones. Throw the damn football. Go Bucs!

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