W2W4: Buccaneers vs. Saints

September, 14, 2013
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Three things to watch from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they host the New Orleans Saints at 4:05 p.m. Sunday:

Josh Freeman. Quarterbacks always are under the microscope, but that’s especially true for Freeman this week. He was coming off a bad outing against the New York Jets in the season opener when it was revealed he overslept and missed the team photo. That’s led to a new round of questions about Freeman’s relationship with coach Greg Schiano. The only way for Freeman to ease the pressure is to go out and play a good game. If he continues to fail to get the offense into a rhythm, Schiano could decide, at some point, to hand things over to rookie Mike Glennon.

Doug Martin and the running game. Martin averaged only 2.7 yards per carry in the opener. That’s unacceptable for a guy that’s supposed to be the focal point of the offense. Put some of the blame on Martin, but put most of it on an offensive line that didn’t open many holes. The Saints, who overhauled their defense in the offseason, will be a good test of where this running game stands.

The defensive backfield. The team spent huge money on cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Dashon Goldson and used a second-round pick on cornerback Johnthan Banks. Playing against rookie Geno Smith in the opener wasn’t a good gauge. But, against Drew Brees, this secondary will have to start earning its money.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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