Ignore past trends. Stats are for losers. The Saints are the Saints.
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris is a "mentality before reality" kind of guy. He typically ignores critics and truly only cares about the points up on the scoreboard when the final whistle blows.
Being the youngest coach in the NFL, Raheem Morris understands confidence is key but also realizes the potential firepower of the Sean Payton and Drew Brees offense.
On the same hand, the Bucs have found recent success when playing in the Superdome, capturing victories the past two seasons. But again, Raheem Morris doesn't buy the hype.
"It's hard to discern any advantage just because we've won there before. Their personnel is so dynamic. When that place gets loud and the fans get excited, the energy level goes through the roof.
"They always find ways to stay in games. Regardless of how many times we've won there in the past or how many times they've lost, I don't think it necessarily translates."
However, the Bucs are getting healthy. The return of running back LeGarrette Blount is scary for a Saints defense that ranks 24th in stopping the run and which also gave up 159 rushing yards to Steven Jackson in a humiliating loss to the winless St. Louis Rams this past week.
Using a strong running game with Blount and a few turnovers by the defense, expect quarterback Josh Freeman to get healthy and play lights-out football.
Drew Brees will throw for more than 250 yards but won't be able to put points up on the board due to turnovers and a porous run defense.
The Bucs and Saints will play nasty from beginning to end, but the Bucs will quickly pull away in a 28-17 victory.
Let the new NFC South leaders reign.