Saints vs. Buccaneers: Takeaways from the Saints' 16-14 Victory over Tampa Bay

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Saints vs. Buccaneers: Takeaways from the Saints' 16-14 Victory over Tampa Bay
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In what turned out to be a battle of attrition, the New Orleans Saints edged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-14 in the final moments—off a Garrett Hartley field goal.

In what seemed like an episode of The Twilight Zone, the Saints defense kept the team in the game with quarterback Drew Brees struggling for the majority of it. 

The Saints played right into Tampa's game plan due to their lack of commitment to the run. Tampa's defense swarmed Brees, forcing him into two interceptions, opposed to only one touchdown.

But when the Saints needed a play, the Brees-to-Marques Colston combination was in full effect. Connecting on a 31-yard pass, these two veterans set up the game-winning field goal. 

The Saints are now 2-0 heading into next week's tilt with the Arizona Cardinals, but who would've thought it would be the offense that's in need of a little tweaking? 

Here are my takeaways from this game.

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