Good, Bad & Ugly from Saints win over Tampa Bay

Kristian Garic
December 09, 2018 - 6:53 pm

For the first half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the Saints offense went from “the machine” to a machine in need of repair, mustering just three points in the first and second quarters.  But, a transformed Black & Gold squad appeared on the field after halftime, and the Saints rattled off 25 unanswered points, cruising to a comfortable 28-14 victory.   Here is the good, bad and ugly from Saints @ Bucs.

Good:  Taysom Hill woke up the Saints with a third quarter blocked punt.  The QB/RB/TE and special teams ace, continues to help the Saints any way possible.  Coach Sean Payton described him as an “unselfish player that teammates feed off.” That blocked punt sparked the Saints team and reignited “the machine.”  I would expect to see a lot of Taysom Hill #7 jerseys under the Christmas tree this season.

Bad:  I’m sorry, but Jerome Bogar’s officiating crew has a reputation of being flag happy and they lived up to it in the Saints/Buccaneers game. 16 penalties thrown by the officials is way too many.   It just is. An over abundance of penalties slows down the game to a snail’s pace.  I get the fact that you have to call penalties, but Bogar’s team of referees are notoriously unorganized and over exuberant about tossing flags. Fortunately, they didn’t impact the Saints negatively.

Ugly(ish): The Saints rushing attack proved effective after a slow start, rushing for 100 yards against Tampa Bay, despite averaging 3 yards per carry.  That’s not the rushing attack we’ve grown accustomed to this season.  I realize I’m nitpicking, but the players and coaches are going to point that stat out in team meetings this week.

The Saints are NFC South Champions for the second consecutive season.  We should all give a resounding WHO DAT! That’s an amazing accomplishment. The NFC South, however, was once thought to be the toughest division, but now might reign as one of the weaker ones in the NFL, with only the Saints above .500.

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