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NFL Week 2 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20, New Orleans Saints 10

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is shoved out of bounds by New Orleans Saints safety Justin Evans (30) and safety Marcus Maye (6) during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that seemed slow to start but entertaining at the end, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints by a score of 20-10. This was Tom Brady’s first regular season victory over the Saints since he signed to the Buccaneers in 2020.

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Offensive spotlight: On a day where ideal offensive output was at a premium for both teams, Brady likely has to get the nod as the offensive spotlight. He was without Chris Godwin and Julio Jones for the entire game, but then lost Mike Evans in the second half due to an ejection after a personal foul penalty (on Marshon Lattimore, of course). Nonetheless, he still finished the game with an 87.8 initial passing grade and a beautiful touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman, which turned out to be the deciding factor.

Defensive spotlight: It feels like it has to be a two-way tie for two Buccaneers players who were massive reasons for their team's victory. The first shoutout has to go to cornerback Jamel Dean, who recorded two impressive interceptions that swung the tide in this game. Dean only allowed three catches for 16 yards on the day. The other is linebacker Devin White, who recorded a sack and a half in the fourth quarter. White led the team with six stops (solo tackles or sacks that lead to an offensive failure).

Rookie spotlight: Wide receiver Chris Olave led the Saints in targets with 13, though he was only able to haul in five for a team-high 80 receiving yards. His 26.1-yard average depth of target led all receivers for both teams and shows the trust he's earned to be the Saints' deep threat.

Offensive line spotlight: It was a tough day for the Saints pass-blocking group, as it allowed six sacks on the day. It also wasn’t able to get much going on the ground, as Mark Ingram II led the team in rushing with 60 yards on 10 carries.

Box Score

Passing

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Tom Brady 10.4 18 / 34 190 5.6 1 0
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Jameis Winston 10.64 25 / 40 236 5.9 1 3
Rushing
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Tom Brady 10.4 3 -2 -0.7 0 0
Leonard Fournette 9.4 24 65 2.7 0 13
Scotty Miller 7.2 1 8 8 0 8
Rachaad White 0.1 2 1 0.5 0 2
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Jameis Winston 10.64 1 2 2 0 2
Mark Ingram II 7.3 10 60 6 0 12
Tony Jones Jr. 4 2 8 4 0 6
Dwayne Washington 1.8 4 18 4.5 0 8
Taysom Hill 1.4 3 14 4.7 0 13
Receiving
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Breshad Perriman 13.5 5 3 45 9 1
Leonard Fournette 9.4 4 2 9 2.2 0
Mike Evans 9.1 4 3 61 15.2 0
Russell Gage 7.8 6 5 28 4.7 0
Scotty Miller 7.2 8 3 34 4.2 0
Cameron Brate 1.9 2 1 9 4.5 0
Cade Otton 1.4 2 1 4 2 0
Rachaad White 0.1 2 0 0 0 0
New Orleans Saints
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Michael Thomas 18.5 9 6 65 7.2 1
Chris Olave 12 13 5 80 6.2 0
Juwan Johnson 8 7 4 40 5.7 0
Mark Ingram II 7.3 2 2 3 1.5 0
Jarvis Landry 6.5 5 4 25 5 0
Tony Jones Jr. 4 2 2 12 6 0
Deonte Harty 1.9 1 1 9 9 0
Adam Prentice 1.2 1 1 2 2 0

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