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Saints vs. Buccaneers: 10 Keys to the Game for New Orleans
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The New Orleans Saints return from their 2012 bye week to take on NFC South rivals Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in a Week 7 battle of teams just looking to stay alive in the playoff race. 

New Orleans comes into the game 1-4, having won just their final game before the bye week at home against the Chargers. Tampa Bay won last week against Kansas City and has played well at home in 2012. 

The team features a new offensive style under first-year coordinator Mike Sullivan. And the defense is similar in many respects from the previous regimes, as head coach Greg Schiano has merely tried to inspire his troops on that side of the ball. 

The result in Tampa is a team that is scarier than its 2-3 record. Though not as talented as the New Orleans Saints, the Bucs are a tough football team that plays relatively smart football. 

The addition of former-Saint Carl Nicks on the offensive line and Vincent Jackson at receiver have made Tampa a much more dynamic and explosive offense than in past seasons. 

With that said, for the New Orleans Saints to win on Sunday, there are at least 10 keys for success. Those 10 keys are listed here in order from priorities when the Saints have the ball (slides No. 1-4) to when the Bucs have the ball (slides No. 5-9) to an overall team concept (slide No. 10). 

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