Final

Saints 14

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Buccaneers 31

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 16, 2007

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
NO 0 0 7 714
TB 7 14 7 331

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (NO) - 260 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Williams (TB) - 24 CAR, 61 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Galloway (TB) - 4 REC, 135 YDS, 2 TD

Half of Galloway's four catches go for TDs in Bucs' win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Joey Galloway slowed to a trot, holding the football in his hand like a loaf of bread.

Scouts Buzz
With an extra long week to prepare, the Saints, well, they didn't look like they used the extra time wisely. Much like Indianapolis did in Week 1, Tampa Bay threw all over the Saints. With just 15 first-half rushing yards, including eight yards on nine carries by Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay still led 21-0 at halftime. The Saints had no answer for Joey Galloway, who was the true difference maker in this football game. New Orleans has been exposed in these first two weeks as a team that simply cannot defend against the deep ball. Case in point was Galloway. There are few players in this league go can get vertical or create yards after the catch like Galloway. He still has a rare blend of speed and explosiveness and continues to defy time.
-- Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 2 Scouts Buzz

Teammates screamed from the sideline, urging him to secure the ball, and Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden cringed. It didn't matter. The New Orleans Saints never seem to be able to catch up with Tampa Bay's speedy receiver.

"I know that bothers guys, but it works for me," Galloway said after tormenting the suddenly defenseless Saints with four catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-14 Buccaneers victory Sunday.

Galloway practically walked into the end zone to finish a 69-yard scoring play in the second quarter, then added his 10th TD in six meetings between the NFC South rivals on a 24-yard catch that made it 21-0 just before the half.

Gruden has had numerous discussions with the 35-year-old receiver over the past four seasons, warning him how showboating on the way to the end zone can be costly. At the same time, the coach conceded it's kind of fun to watch "when it doesn't come back to bite you."

The Saints (0-2) were embarrassed for the second consecutive week and have been outscored 72-24 after having one of the NFL's most explosive offenses and reaching the NFC championship game last season.

Before Mike Karney scored New Orleans' first offensive touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter, the Saints had surrendered 62 unanswered points to the Bucs and Super Bowl champion Indianapolis, which beat them 41-10 last week.

"I'm very surprised. We really need to take a deep look at ourselves, identify the problems and figure out how to fix it," New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said.

"I think we have the ability to be a very good offense. One of the best, if not the best, in the league. Unfortunately we're not playing like it right now."

Jeff Garcia completed 10 of 16 passes for 243 yards and no interceptions for the Bucs (1-1) after not getting his team into the end zone during a season-opening loss to Seattle. He was not sacked, and Tampa Bay had no turnovers.

Galloway has had some of his best games as a Buccaneer against New Orleans with 23 receptions for 473 yards and nine TDs in six meetings. He also returned a punt for a touchdown against the Saints in 2004.

"I don't think anyone really gave us a chance to win this game except ourselves. ... We have to build on that," Galloway said. "We didn't play our best game, but we played a good one."

Brees finished 26-of-44 for 260 yards with one touchdown. He was intercepted once and sacked twice.

The Pro Bowl quarterback set up Karney's TD with a 58-yard completion to David Patten and threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Marques Colston late in the fourth quarter. However, Brees never got into a rhythm against the Tampa Bay defense.

The Bucs forced two turnovers, converting Deuce McAllister's first-quarter fumble and Cato June's third-quarter interception into touchdowns.

Neither team scored an offensive TD in its season opener, the Bucs limited to a pair of field goals in a 20-6 loss to Seattle and the Saints only getting into the end zone on Jason David's fumble return during New Orleans' loss to the Colts.

The Bucs signed Garcia in March, finally giving Gruden a quarterback who fits the Bucs' version of the West Coast offense. The three-time Pro Bowl selection's ability to make plays on the run was especially attractive to Gruden, who has started eight different QBs since arriving in Tampa Bay in 2002.

Garcia extended Tampa Bay's first touchdown drive, scrambling for 7 yards on third-and-6 to the New Orleans 1. Williams, limited in practice all week because of bruised ribs, scored two plays later.

"No disrespect to the previous quarterbacks we've had here, but the biggest play of the football game was Garcia scrambling on third down," Gruden said. "He went in head first, trying to get the first down. ... It sends a message. ... I think it's a healthy, exciting change."

Galloway picked up a key block from receiver Michael Clayton on his long catch-and-run TD, sprinting into the clear as he crossed midfield. On his second touchdown, he cut in front of stumbling safety Josh Bullocks and was wide open in the middle of the end zone.

The Saints had some success moving the ball on the ground early, but eventually had to abandon the running game. McAllister had nine carries for 47 yards at the half, but only carried once for 2 yards the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay also did a good job of containing Reggie Bush, limiting the Saints' multi-purpose threat to 27 yards on 10 rushes and 43 yards on six receptions.

"I'm disappointed. I'm not surprised," Saints coach Sean Payton said.

"We didn't play well enough. It's going to be hard to win in any game if you're putting it on the ground, giving up big plays behind you. ... We'll get it corrected, I'm confident."

Game notes


McAllister said he was hit above the eye early in the game and was bothered at times by blurred vision. ... Williams' touchdowns were his first since the third game of last season. ... Bucs CB Phillip Buchanon started in place of Brian Kelly, who was inactive with a groin strain. ... Colston finished with eight catches for 70 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NO
TB
1st Downs1914
Passing 1st downs
137
Rushing 1st downs
67
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
8-185-11
4th down efficiency
2-40-0
Total Plays7248
Total Yards343330
Yards per play4.86.9
Total Drives1111
Passing244243
Comp-Att
26-4410-16
Yards per pass
5.315.2
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-160-0
Rushing9987
Rushing Attempts
2632
Yards per rush
3.82.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-22-3
Penalties3-352-10
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession33:0826:52

Passing Leaders

NOC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees26/442605.9112-16
TBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garcia10/1624315.2200-0

Rushing Leaders

NOCARYDSAVGTDLG
McAllister10494.9015
Bush10272.7010
TBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams24612.5212
Pittman5183.605

Receiving Leaders

NORECYDSAVGTDLG
Colston8708.8115
Patten26633.0058
TBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Galloway413533.8269
Hilliard25125.5041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNOTB
tbTD5:30Cadillac Williams, 1 yd run (Matt Bryant kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yds, 4:36
07
SECOND QUARTERNOTB
tbTD13:23Joey Galloway, 69 yd pass from Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 68 yds, 1:37
014
tbTD1:12Joey Galloway, 24 yd pass from Jeff Garcia (Matt Bryant kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 65 yds, 0:36
021
THIRD QUARTERNOTB
tbTD4:32Cadillac Williams, 1 yd run (Matt Bryant kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 53 yds, 2:39
028
noTD0:55Mike Karney, 1 yd run (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:37
728
FOURTH QUARTERNOTB
tbFG7:35Matt Bryant 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 25 yds, 4:11
731
noTD2:56Marques Colston, 4 yd pass from Drew Brees (Olindo Mare kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yds, 4:40
1431