Could this be an upset of epic portions or just a fluke win? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are just the second team in NFL history to knock off a 13-game winner, after complying atleast 12 losses. The other was the Green Bay Packers in 2006, when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks. After a dreadful start which saw the Saints jump out two a 17-0 lead in the first half, the Buccaneers never surrendered and clawed their way back into the game behind the hard charging Carnell Williams 24 carries for 129 yards and one score.
Carnell Williams – After basically watching from the sideline the second half in game this season, offensive coordinator Greg Olson decided to go against the norm and continue to run the football with Williams who had his first 100-yard game since 2006 before he injured his knee the first time.
Geno Hayes – He was absent in the first quarter of the game for unknown reasons, he spearheaded a defensive attack the limited the high powered Saints to just 17 points and 373 total yards of offense. Hayes finished the game with 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 2 tackles for loss.
Josh Freeman – Once again he begins a game shaky in the first quarter throwing another interception and missing wide open targets in the passing game. Not sure why he runs so cold in the first quarter of games, but diffidently something that will need to be corrected if he’s to take that next step. He finished the game 21-of-31 for 271 yards no touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Pass Protection – Was horrid in this game, the Saints were getting pressure with three and four man fronts all game long. If it wasn’t for Freeman using his legs a few times and adsorbing punishment and bouncing off of would be tacklers by Freeman the Saints would have racked up quite a few more sacks.