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Buccaneers hang on to win a weird one, keep Saints winless

George Johnson, Drew Brees


Football is funny sometimes.

The Buccaneers, who didn’t appear to be familiar with the rules of the game a week ago, just went into the Superdome and left the Saints with an 0-2 record.

The Bucs held on for a weird 26-19 decision, in a game marked by dueling turnovers and mistakes.

Ultimately, it was the Bucs who made fewer of them. The Saints fumbled, missed extra points, and allowed Jameis Winston to look like the smooth veteran, as he made a number of beautiful touch passes, spread the ball around, and run for a touchdown and threw for one.

Coupled with a defense that looked competent for a change, the Buccaneers improved to 1-1, and dropped the Saints to 0-2 and sole possession of last in the NFC South. It’s their sixth straight home loss and the third time in four years they’ve started 0-2, and the Superdome no longer appears to have the kind of automatic edge it used to provide.