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Saints vs. Bucs: Tampa Bay loses 35-28

It's game day as the Bucs and Saints face off for the first time this year. Follow this story stream for all the news, info, gifs and more.

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10 Things We Think We Learned - Bucs vs. Saints

Another week, another tough loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay blew two 14 point leads and a tremendous offensive performance in a heartbreaking defeat to the hated New Orleans Saints.

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Buccaneers blow early lead, lose 35-28 in shootout

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 35-28 in a devastating game to the division rival New Orleans Saints. The Bucs drop to 2-4 and are losing their chance to compete for a playoff spot this year.

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Vincent Jackson 95-yard reception, no score

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some explosive ability on offense. Vincent Jackson just went off for a 95-yard reception as Roman Harper took an awful angle and he handily beat the cornerback off the line of scrimmage. Malcolm Jenkins hustled down to tackle him at the one-yard line, though.

That should have been the opportunity for the Bucs to tie up this game - yet they messed it up in horrible fashion. Three stuffed runs by Legarrette Blount and one awful bootleg later and the Saints have the ball back at their own four-yard line. Ew.

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Saints march down field, go up 28-21 at half time

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave the ball back to the Saints at the two-minute warning. Anyone want to guess what happened next? Yep, Saints go down the field and score a touchdown. The Bucs defense is getting slaughtered - they can't cover anyone, and the defensive line isn't doing much either.

Drew Brees has completed 20 of 25 passes for 313 yards, four touchdowns and one interception - and he's done so in a single half. That includes a spike, by the way. The Bucs offense has been okay - but it can't keep up with the New Orleans juggernaut playing a terrible defense. The Bucs need some half-time adjustments.

It's so bad, that Jimmy Graham's replacement David Thomas is getting in on the action. He scored the last touchdown on a terribly easy walk into the endzone. I don't know who was supposed to be covering him out of the eight people in coverage, but that basically describes every play at this point.

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Saints tie it up with 48-yard Joseph Morgan TD

It's official: it's a shootout. It's now 21-21 after a 48-yard Joseph Morgan touchdown. 48 yards? 49 yards. The Bucs defense has been horrible in the secondary, with blown coverage after blown coverage. The fact that the defensive line isn't doing much certainly isn't helping, either.

But hey, when your receiver can just do...well....this, you're going to score:

And a close-up of that failure:

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Sproles touchdown keeps Saints within a score GIF

The Bucs are dominant on offense, but so are the New Orleans Saints now. The Bucs have scored a touchdown on all of their first three offensive drives, punting on the fourth. The Saints have scored on two of their four drives - and that makes it 21-14 now.

The Bucs have had a ton of trouble stopping underneath routes from gaining yardage, and they've blown a few coverages for deep completions too. The back seven does not look good, and the front four isn't getting much pressure. This has the makings of a shootout!

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Vincent Jackson touchdown

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to dominate on offense as they h ave their third touchdown already at the start of the second quarter. Vincent Jackson got into the end zone while being dragged down - but the play stood after review. The Bucs lead 21-7 at home. Life is good.

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Saints claw back with Marques Colston touchdown

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were dominant early on, but the Saints are coming back! They ran down the field thanks to some questionable coverage by the Bucs. Colston is wide open underneath and can just stroll into the endzone as no one comes off his man to stop him. Oops. Bucs still lead 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

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GIF: Doug Martin touchdown gives Bucs 14-0 lead!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dominating the New Orleans Saints early on. Two touchdowns in the first quarter, one interception and a little help by the refs on a bad Josh Freeman throw. So far things are looking good for the Bucs.

Doug Martin busted out his chops, completely clowning Malcolm Jenkins to turn a five-yard gain into a 36-yard touchdown. Throwback day, guys!

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GIF:Bucs take 7-0 lead on Barber INT, Underwood TD

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken an early lead over the New Orleans Saints. Ronde Barber picked off Drew Brees after Gerald McCoy tipped the ball. That was the safety's third interception this season, as Barber keeps improving at his new position. McCoy gets the assist there, as the defensive tackles continues to provide big plays.

Barber could have even scored on that play, but he got to the 13-yard line - going out of bounds instead of cutting back at the end of his return. But that gave Josh Freeman the chance to get off to a good start, hitting Tiquan Underwood on a drag route for a touchdown. Wide open receivers = easy touchdowns. So much for that improved Saints defense.

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