Tampa, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabbed a 13-8 halftime lead over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
The Saints, after a sluggish start, scored on a 42-yard Wil Lutz field goal, a safety and a 34-yard Lutz field goal as the half ended. The Saints got the safety when Tampa's Josh Huff misplayed the kickoff and it went out of bounds at the 1-yard line. The Saints gang-tackled running back Doug Martin on the next play.
The Bucs scored on a pair of Roberto Aguayo field goals and a one-yard touchdown run by Doug Martin that was greatly aided by a pair of pass interfernce penalties on the Saints.
Penalties were a problem the entire half for the Saints as they were whistled for eight penalties costing them 59 yards. A false start on the final drive of the half helped force the Saints to settle for a field goal.
The Saints offense struggled in the first half with a pair of three-and-outs and one Drew Brees interception. The Saints offense was missing center Max Unger and wide receiver Michael Thomas, both out with foot injuries. The Saints only had six offensive snaps in the first quarter but finished the half with 28.
Brees broke the 4,000-yard passing mark for the 11th consecutive season, an NFL record.
Saints stat leaders
Drew Brees, 10 of 16 for 96 yards with one interception
Tim Hightower, three for 11
Willie Snead IV, two catches for 35 yards
Bucs stat leaders
Jameis Winston, 7 of 13 for 88 yards
Doug Martin, 13 carries for 39 yards
Mike Evans, three catches for 36 yards