LISTEN: Sean Payton says Saints have turned the page to Tampa

Steve Geller
November 13, 2019 - 10:20 am
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While Who Dats remain disgusted and are still stewing over the Saints loss at home to a one win Falcons ballclub, the team can’t let anything from that outcome linger as they get back on the practice field today.

“You turn the page,” Payton stated. “Yesterday, we spent a lot of time, two days ago a lot of time on the corrections. Now, quickly you turn the page to this opponent. It's attention to detail from all of us, coaches, making sure we put a plan in place and get ready to bounce back and play a good football game.”

New Orleans sit at 3rd in the NFC with a 7-2 record, but are just .500 against NFC South opponents. They travel to 3-6 Tampa this Sunday, a team the Black & Gold beat in the Superdome back in week 5.

“They’re pretty much the same team health wise when you look at them; there's always a few little things,” said coach Payton.  “I think Todd Bowles has done a great job over there on the defensive side of the ball. They are first in the league against the run; they make it very difficult.”

It is rather strange, though, that while the Bucs are the best in the NFL at stopping the run (78 YPG), they are the worst against the pass (299 YPG). There is a little more consistency to the Tampa offense.  They are 5th in passing yards a game and have the 19th most rushing yards per contest.

“He's someone that's played well this year, he can get the ball down the field,” Payton said about Bucs QB Jameis Winston. “Their passing numbers right now are outstanding; when you look at third down, when you look at what they're scoring.”

New head coach Bruce Arians team is averaging 29 points per game which is 3rd best in the league, but they are giving the ball away too much. Tampa has 21 turnovers (14 INT, 7 fumbles); only the NY Giants have more.

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