The New Orleans Saints are primed for another deep playoff run after they pulled off an upset over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here’s what we learned from this impressive win and a look at how the rest of their NFC South opponents fared in Week 15.
Despite facing a great deal of hardship this season and still working out their quarterback position in the aftermath of Drew Brees’ retirement, the New Orleans Saints have held their own and remained in the postseason hunt. In Week 15, they demonstrated that once again with a massive victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Saints’ quarterback situation has been everything than ideal this season, with Jameis Winston, Trevor Siemian, and now Taysom Hill. However, with Hill at the helm, they’ve begun to gather some traction, particularly after defeating the Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football.
We’ll now look at the three greatest takeaways from the Saints’ Week 15 surprise victory against the Buccaneers as they try to claw their way back into the playoff picture and rescue their season.
Week 15 Takeaways vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the New Orleans Saints
3. Since joining the Buccaneers, the Saints have been Tom Brady’s kryptonite.
Even though the Bucs were able to defeat the Saints during their historic Super Bowl run last season, there’s no doubting that they’ve had a lot of problems with them during regular season games.
Whatever the case, the Saints have held Brady’s number since he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. Brady and the Bucs are now 0-4 against the Saints in the regular season after losing to them on Sunday night.
In the Bucs’ defeat, Tom Brady was sacked four times. twitter.com/L6g5g7ZIay
December 20, 2021 — Onsite Sports (@OnsitesportsUS)
However, this is just the regular season; the playoffs will decide everything. However, this success might carry over into the playoffs. If Brady and the Patriots do meet up with the Saints in the playoffs, it might mean problems for them the second time around.
2. In Week 15, New Orleans showed a lot of tenacity and persistence.
The Saints have shown to be a difficult squad, with Hill playing with a broken finger, Alvin Kamara still attempting to get back to his best, and Cameron Jordan and Marshon Lattimore continuing to play Pro Bowl-caliber football once again. With all they’ve had to deal with this season, it’s quite remarkable that they’ve managed to remain in the NFC playoff hunt and have a chance at a wild card place.
The Buccaneers’ massive upset last night simply goes to demonstrate what this squad is capable of and how hard they’ll battle to keep their season alive. If there’s one thing we’ve learned this season, it’s that no team is as predictable as they seem, and the Saints have been the ultimate wild card in 2021.
1. Dennis Allen has shown that he can be a successful NFL head coach.
Due to COVID-19 health and safety standards, defensive coordinator Dennis Allen stepped in and performed an excellent job stepping in for Sean Payton. It wasn’t the most beautiful victory, but they got the job done and shut down one of the league’s most potent attacks. This win didn’t come in the manner they had hoped or planned, but they still scored a hard-fought victory to move to 7-7 on the season.
“Go f*** yourself,” Tom Brady seems to yell to the #Saints’ sideline. pic.twitter.com/CA2tDakqXn
December 20, 2021 — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate)
The Saints were able to pull off a key victory over their long-time division opponent despite the absence of coach Payton, and Allen demonstrated he had what it takes to thrive as a head coach in the NFL. It was a thrill to see his brilliant play-calling and patience throughout the game. After helping the Saints pull off a massive upset in Week 15, he’ll likely have a slew of suitors enquiring about his services this summer to fill a head coaching opening.