It’s common knowledge in sports that if you take care of your own business, you don’t have to worry about anybody else as far as the standings are concerned.
While this is entirely true, getting some help along the way is never a bad thing. This column will be completely dedicated to the results of the other three NFC South teams throughout the season; hopefully we’ll be able to bask in their failures together.
New Orleans Saints 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
The Saints bounced back from their home defeat to the Falcons by traveling to Tampa Bay and getting a win. The Bucs put up more yardage, but Jameis Winston couldn’t stop turning the ball over.
The game couldn’t have started any better for the Saints, who scored points on their first three drives while allowing just 11 yards of offense and forcing an interception on Tampa’s first three drives. After conceding a touchdown to go down 20-0 after that third drive, the Bucs never made it close.
Tampa Bay tried to get right on offense, and they managed to pull back within 10 points multiple times but were undone by their defense and mistakes. Down 27-17 late, Winston threw a pick 6, which sealed any hopes of a comeback. New Orleans held the ball for 14 more minutes than the Bucs (37:00-23:00 time of possession), and had an overall comfortable win thanks to their fast start.
Drew Brees threw for 228 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Alvin Kamara had 75 rushing yards on 13 carries. Michael Thomas was the leading receiver with 114 receiving yards, which went along with a touchdown.
Winston had an impressive 313 passing yards and two touchdowns but that was undone by his four interceptions (one of which was returned for a score). He was also the team’s leading rusher with 23 yards, as the Bucs attempted to run the ball just eight times all afternoon. Cameron Brate was the leading receiver with 73 yards.
NFC South Standings after Week 10
1. New Orleans Saints (8-2 overall record; 2-1 division record) - Next vs. Panthers
2. Carolina Panthers (5-5 overall record; 1-2 division record) - Next at Saints
3. Atlanta Falcons (3-7 overall record; 2-0 division record) - Next vs. Buccaneers
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7 overall record; 1-3 division record) - Next at Falcons