The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are struggling in a must-win game against the New Orleans Saints. At halftime, the Saints lead 13-7 — and the disparity in quality of play has been a lot larger than that score suggests.
Drew Brees has completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards, while the Saints’ running backs have combined for 67 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, the Bucs offense has managed to mess up all but one drive, though they did get a touchdown that one time they did do something.
The Bucs’ complete inability to do any damage against New Orleans’ defense is now stretching back three games, despite the simple fact that the Saints have fielded some of the worst defenses in the league for years on end. How Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston can’t decipher this defense is beyond me.
The Bucs must win this game, or their chances of making the playoffs become so small as to be almost invisible, with everything having to fall just right for them to roll in. For that to happen, something will have to change in the second half.