- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly analysis of the Saints’ quarterback play.
Rewind: Drew Brees put up solid numbers (357 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception) in a season-opening win against the Atlanta Falcons. But Brees and the offense weren’t quite as precise as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing.
Fast-forward: Brees will be the first real test for a Tampa Bay secondary that was overhauled after the Bucs allowed more passing yards than any other team in the league last season. The Bucs traded for cornerback Darrelle Revis, signed safety Dashon Goldson and drafted cornerback Johnthan Banks. There now is talent in this secondary, but Brees will be the litmus test on how improved this defensive backfield is.
Avoiding the rush: It looks like Tampa Bay suddenly has found a pass rush. The Bucs had five sacks against the Jets in the opener, and four of them came from linebackers. New Orleans left tackle Charles Brown still is a question mark, and the Bucs are likely to try testing him.
Prediction: The secondary and the pass rush will present challenges for Brees, but he’ll answer the call. I’ll say he throws for 275 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in a New Orleans victory.