Posted October 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Slow starts that have dumped the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a hole in the NFC South haven't changed the way they feel about themselves. The division rivals enter Sunday's meeting of inconsistent teams at Raymond James Stadium eager to build on victories they hope will set the tone for the rest of the season. The Saints (1-4) continue to deal with fallout from the bounty probe that led to the suspensions of coach Sean Payton and others. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is appealing the season-long ban the NFL ordered for his role in the program and actually could make his season debut against the Bucs (2-3). Vilma has been on the physically unable to perform list while rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee and practiced for the first time on Wednesday. Interim coach Aaron Kromer has not ruled out the prospect of plugging the ninth-year pro into a defense that's allowed an NFL-high 456 yards and nearly 31 points per game - even if Vilma pro's re...
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