What has happened to the New Orleans Saints home field advantage inside the Superdome?
Under coach Sean Payton NFL teams had a difficult time in beating the Saints in the dome. That's no longer the case. Tampa Bay beat New Orleans 26 to 19 on Sunday, handing the Saints a sixth straight loss in the dome.
Buccaneers quarterback quarterback Jameis Winston did just enough to lead the Bucs to victory. He connected on 14 of 21 pass attempts for 207 yards, tossed a touchdown and added a one rushing TD.
The Saints helped the Bucs ring up the win. Two lost fumbles, an interception and inconsistent play in the kicking game proved crucial.
Payton said, "We had nine penalties. I know they had seven but nine and two many pre-snaps. We don't know what we're doing. Just look sloppy. So, that's coaching. That's starts with me."
Zach Hocker missed a 42-yard field goal and had a P-A-T blocked.
"I didn't change anything,"stated Hocker. "Didn't feel any kind of pressure on the 41 or the extra points."
Payton said,"I'm confident. He's still our kicker right now."
Drew Brews completed 24 of 38 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown. He was pressured throughout the game.
"I don't feel like we've been in position for the last two weeks where we've kind of gotten the defense on their heels and really dictated the tempo of what was happening to them, "said Brees. He added, "We need to get back to that."
Brees was sacked four times and was hit constantly throughout the game. Did he suffer a slight injury?
He admitted that his shoulder wasn't a hundred-percent. Did he think about pulling himself out of the game? Brees said no.
Brees was sacked four times and there's no question that the New Orleans Saints offensive line has to provide more pass protection for Drew Brews. If not, he may not survive the season.
The Saints travel to Carolina at high noon next Sunday. Maybe New Orleans can secure a win on the road.
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