New Orleans v. Tampa Bay Bucs: Blount Back, Will Saints Rebound After Rams?
Written by  // Wednesday, 02 November 2011 09:03 //

SaintsBucs running back LeGrange Blount will be back on Sunday against the Saints. He has missed two games with a knee injury.

"I'm going to play third downs in this game," the Bucs' best running back told the St. Petersburg Times. "I'm probably not going to play all of them, but I know I'll play quite a few of them."

LeGrange's backup, Earnest Graham, is out for the year after suffering a torn Achilles.  Blount will be absorbing Graham's duties as the third-down back. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been right at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Bucs have won five of their last seven games at the Superdome, including two in a row and the losses were by a combined seven points.

"I don't have an explanation as to why we (the Saints have lost regularly to the Bucs at home)," Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said in a conference call. "I just know it can't continue, because we should always have a home-field advantage. We can't let anybody come into our house and do that. They got us. Now we have to get them.

"It has been pretty chippy when we've gotten together with the Bucs, but it's fun. It's never a blowout. It always gone down to the wire. We respect them. I think they respect us."

On Oct. 16 the Bucs defeated the Saints 26-20 at Tampa. The Bucs had no turnovers and intercepted Drew Brees three times The Saints believe with that loss they allowed the Bucs to get back in the NFC South race.

"We'll definitely will be licking our chops," said Saints cornerback Tracy Porter. "We've got a special taste in our mouth from not getting any turnovers and they got four (including one fumble recovery. We're going to be holding a grudge."

Before the Saints' game with the Rams, coach Sean Payton asked his team "Do you want to be a good team or do you want to be an elite team? There's a difference. You can't stub your toe and be one of the elite teams when you're supposed to win games and you don't win them." The Rams were almost as lethargic as the Saints in most of the first half in the Edward Jones Dome.  WWL-AM color analyst Hokie Gajan accurately compared the atmosphere to a golf tournament...


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by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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