The New Orleans Saints are brimming with confidence, having pushed their winning streak to four behind another fourth-quarter comeback.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to re-establish their swagger after a humiliating defeat. Facing the Saints makes that a difficult task, and doing so without a key player on each side of the ball would make it even harder.
The surging Saints look to open an early two-game lead atop the NFC South when they visit the Buccaneers on Sunday.
With Tampa Bay losing 48-3 to San Francisco last Sunday and New Orleans rallying to defeat Carolina 30-27, the Buccaneers fell a game behind the Saints in the division.
New Orleans (4-1) faced a late deficit until Drew Brees threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Thomas with 50 seconds left, capping an 80-yard drive and lifting the Saints to their second comeback win in three games. They rallied from nine down in the fourth to beat Houston in Week 3.
"A win like (last Sunday's) can do a lot in that it was ...