Winston sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder on October 15 at Arizona, and he landed hard on the shoulder when he was sacked in the final minute of the first half against the Saints. Tampa Bay's bye week was supposed to land in Week 11, but Hurricaine Irma pushed it up to Week 1, when the Dolphins game was rescheduled. Kamara, who also scored on a 6-yard run, did most of the work on his TD reception, thrilling the Superdome crowd with a waving, tackle-slipping run after his short catch.
Fitzpatrick completed 8-of-15 passes for 68 yards and a score.
"By no means was it flawless", Brees said.
In the National Football League, teams generally need to be playing well to overcome all that.
The Bucs (2-6) lost their fifth straight, and their frustration boiled over during a scuffle that involved quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Mike Evans. On Sunday, Winston had passed for 67 yards in the first half before the halftime decision was made to sit him for the remainder of the game.
Then the Bucs' Ryan Smith blocked Wil Lutz' extra point, leaving New Orleans with a 9-0 lead in the first quarter.
BIG BOUNCE: Hardee was a receiver at IL, and felt like one again as he located the rebound of his punt block, watched it into his hands and waltzed into the end zone for his first career touchdown. "We have to try".
Evans will be eligible to return to the Buccaneers' active roster on Monday, November 13 following the team's November 12 game against the New York Jets. He was standing on the sideline in the third quarter when he walked up and poked New Orleans Saints defender Marshon Lattimore in the back of the head. Evans, who did not see that part, was penalized for a personal foul and could be subject to a fine or suspension.
Lattimore said after the game he was glad that Evans wasn't ejected, because he wanted to further frustrate him. "I saw (Lattimore) pick a fight with my quarterback". I was willing to look past many of his mistakes at FSU, and I applaud him for staying out of trouble since he has put on a Bucs uniform.
Winston had X-rays on his shoulder following Sunday's loss and no new damage was detected.
"I hate losing. I hate losing". "It's something that we are going to have to handle internally, but we are going to handle it".
"When you start winning games, you start wanting to play for each other instead of playing for yourself", said Payton, who won his 106th career game to surpass Vince Lombardi and Tom Flores, a pair of two-time Super Bowl-winning coaches.