The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to New Orleans for their second game of the season, trying desperately to recover from their embarrassing week one defeat at the hands of Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. Jameis Winston struggled in week one and the Bucs' defense completely collapsed -- something they'll want to correct before the season spirals out of control.
One positive for the Bucs is that they're likely to have Mike Evans back on Sunday. The receiver participated in practice all week, albeit on a limited basis, and the team's dismal performance last week will push the team to suit him up. The Bucs will also hope that some of the team's struggles on offense were due to rookie jitters on the part of Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet. They'll also be helped significantly by facing a depleted secondary and a pretty bad defense overall -- especially from a pass rush standpoint.
The defense won't see many personnel changes. Instead,they'll have to improve by simply doing their jobs. The Bucs struggled mainly because players bit on run-action, giving up their coverage responsibilities and gifting Mariota some very easy throws. That can't happen this week, especially against a veteran quarterback like Drew Brees. The Saints will also look to exploit the Bucs' lack of speed at safety, but their lack of offensive weapons may stop them from doing so effectively.
Here's everything you need to know about Sunday's game.
Nuts and bolts
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, September 20
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Announcers: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber
Odds: Saints by 9.5
Radio: 602 WDAE, 103.5 FM WFUS
Enemy blog: Canal Street Chronicles
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Injuries: Mike Evans is likely to play for the Bucs, but Major Wright and T.J. Fatinikun will not suit up. The Saints will probably have C.J. Spiller back but will be missing Keenan Lewis and Jairus Byrd.
Buccaneers regular season
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, 4:25 p.m. - Tennessee Titans (2-8) - L: 42-14
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:00 p.m. - at New Orleans Saints (17-29)
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, 1:00 p.m. - at Houston Texans (1-2)
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, 1:00 p.m. - Carolina Panthers (11-18)
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m. - Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
Week 6: Bye week
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 25, 1:00 p.m - at Washington (10-9)
Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, 1:00 p.m. - at Atlanta Falcons (21-22)
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:05 p.m. - New York Giants (6-12)
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m. - Dallas Cowboys (3-11)
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, 1:00 p.m. - at Philadelphia Eagles (5-8)
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, 1:00 p.m. - at Indianapolis Colts (5-7)
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m. - Atlanta Falcons (21-22)
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, 1:00 p.m. - New Orleans Saints (17-29)
Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 17, 8:25 p.m. - at St. Louis Rams (8-12)
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Bears (18-37)
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. - at Carolina Panthers (11-18)