New Orleans Saints' Defense Holds as Saints Win 24-20

Bleacher ReportAnalyst ISeptember 7, 2008

The New Orleans Saints had quite a coming out game beating a division rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-20. The game was sealed when on a fourth down play, Scott Fujita intercepted a pass from Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia.

The Saints scored all three of their touchdowns by passing and every single one of them was a big play—a 39-yarder to David Patten, an 84-yarder to Devery Henderson, and a one-handed grab by Reggie Bush for over 40 yards. Brees finished the day completing 23 of 32 passes for 343 yards, a touchdown, and an interception which was returned for a touchdown.

Saints' fans got to see brand new tight end Jeremy Shockey who had six catches for 54 yards.

The Saints' leading receiver was running back Reggie Bush who had eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Their leading rusher was second year man Pierre Thomas who rushed 10 times for 52 yards.

Scott Fujita had seven tackles and one assist along with an interception and a broken up pass. Jonathan Vilma had seven tackles and two assists. The defense looked good with the two biggest problems for the Saints being penalties and missed tackles.

The penalty problem was fixed by halftime and the missed tackles seemed to be attributed to the players trying to make highlight reel catches instead of focusing on bringing the ball carrier down, but in the end it all worked out and the Saints will head into Washington next week to take on the 0-1 Redskins. Until then, GEAUX SAINTS!!!