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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48; New Orleans Saints 40
Even though the Buccaneers went out of their way to strengthen the defensive line during the offseason with multiple free agent acquisitions and trades, the player who stood out the most on this line was veteran defensive interior Gerald McCoy. The long-time Buccaneer wreaked havoc all afternoon, as he was a force against the run and got to Saints’ Drew Brees on multiple occasions on pass plays.
Mike Evans vs. Marshon Lattimore is going to be one of the most highly anticipated matchups in the NFC South every year, but after Lattimore got the better of Evans twice last year, this was very much a win for Evans. Lattimore struggled all game against to him, including a long touchdown down the right sideline.
The Saints defense’ didn’t offer much of a pass-rush and struggled in coverage, but don’t take this performance away from Fitzpatrick….