The New Orleans Saints did something in their 34-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that they had struggled with at times earlier in the season; they started fast.
New Orleans raced out 20-0 lead, scoring on their first four possessions. While Saints quarterback Drew Brees was pleased with the start, it also left him frustrated.
“I thought it was efficient; and still, the times we got those field goals, it was a negative play or it’s a penalty that sets you back,” Brees told WWL’s Zach Strief. “I feel like we’re still better than that. Yeah, it was good to get 20 points in the first half and go in with that type of lead, but even the two minute drive at the end of half, I don’t want to put our defense back out on the field again.”
The Saints had to settle for field goals on their first two drives, the second of which got inside the Buccaneers’ 10 yard line before stalling out. Still, the New Orleans offense came away with points on each of those drives, which is than the Tampa Bay offense could say.
The Saints forced a three and out on Tampa’s first possession before intercepting Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, something they would go on to do three more times, including a pick six in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
“[Those were] momentum changers, confidence boosters,” Brees said. After the first turnover, we score on the very next play to Mike [Thomas]. Those are huge plays. And, obviously, to get a return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was big as well.”
Still, Brees is looking for more.
“I’m glad that we won. I feel like we did a lot of good things. I felt like the defense played great,” Brees said. “I know, on both sides of the ball, we can still do a lot to improve. We certainly haven’t played our best game yet.”