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The New Orleans Saints will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon in an important NFC South face off. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched live on Fox. The game can also be watched online through live stream via the NFL Sunday Ticket through the link provided below.
It has been rumored that middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma could be back from his knee injury and could feature at some point on Sunday. He may be worked back to match fitness slowly but he is likely to enter the game for a limited number of plays, according to reports.
Vilma's return is good news for the Saints, as their defense has struggled badly at times this season so far. With defensive coordinator Gregg Williams leaving for the St Louis Rams in the offseason, new man Steve Spagnuolo needs time to implement his own brand on the team, and so far the defensive line has not gelled as good as hoped.
The Saints are now ranked second to last in the NFL in rushing yards, and 28th in pass defense. That simply is not good enough and if the Saints are to make anything of their season they will have to seriously tighten things up more in defense.
That poor defense saw the Saints start the season 0-4 letting through 130 points.
Things have gotten better and New Orleans posted an impressive win over the San Diego Chargers a fortnight ago. The Saints were trailing 24-14 in the fourth quarter, but made a spectacular comeback to claim their first win of the season in dramatic style.
The Buccaneers are also coming out of a slump, losing three straight games. However, they had a bye week before coming out last Sunday to claim a big 38-10 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Buccaneers will need to improve their pass defense, and are currently ranked 31st in the NFL. That will have been seen by the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees will be coming out today looking to take full advantage.
New Orleans Saints against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starts at 1 p.m. and can be watched online through live stream via the NFL Sunday Ticket by clicking here.