Buccaneers Shock Saints; Top New Orleans 26-19 at SuperDome

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints

It would have been real easy to give up on these Bucs a week after their awful home loss to the Tennessee Titans. Instead, Tampa showed a lot of heart Sunday, showing up at the SuperDome and beating the New Orleans Saints 26-19.

It was the first win for the Bucs in a long time versus the Saints. They had lost seven straight against them heading into Sunday.

But no more.

QB Jamies Winston was 14-for-21 for 207 yards with a touchdown. He also ran in a TD and rushed for 23 yards. Unlike last week, he didn’t make the normal rookie mistakes that cost games.

“I will never lose confidence. Confidence is who I am,” Winston said following the win.

“I’m just pleased with how we played, but my confidence will always remain the same and even get higher if we hopefully get on a streak,” he said.

The TD that Winston threw was a thing of beauty, as he hit his favorite wide out, Vincent Jackson, for a 15-yard TD that put the Bucs up 10-7, a lead they would never lose.

“It wasn’t some fluke throw. That’s something he works on quite a bit. It was a great ball by him,” Jackson said.

“He’s a talented guy. Last week some mistakes happened early and some things got out of our hands. … He’s going to be just fine.”

The Bucs D had a lot to do with the win to put the team at 1-1 on the young season. They held Drew Brees in check, holding the usually pass and yard happy QB to 24-for-38, 255 yards with one TD and a pick.

For the Saints, it’s their third 0-2 start in the past four seasons. They also haven’t won a home game since last October. A stretch of six games, their longest home losing streak since 1980.

Buccaneers kicker Kyle Brindza hit four field goals ranging from 22 to 55 yards.

Three of those kicks helped Tampa Bay build a 23-7 lead. But the Bucs made their own mistakes in the form or late turnovers and penalties that forced them to play till the final whistle, as the Saints had a shot late to tie it, but it didn’t happen.

The Saints only lead came when Mark Ingram’s 11-yard run made it 7-3. Fullback Austin Johnson’s 1-yard TD made it 23-13 with about 7 minutes left, but the Saints’ 2-point try failed.

The Bucs took over from there, building a big lead before holding on at the end. A fitting ending in the first win of Winston’s career.


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