At New Orleans
• This game did not present any situational decisions that were critical with respect to the clock, down-and-distance.
• Neither team’s defensive gameplan distinguished itself; this was a shootout from start to finish.
• On offense, however, both head coaches deserve tremendous credit for their play-calling. TB head coach Dirk Koetter, especially, given that he was on the road with his backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Koetter’s playcalling on offense was aggressive from start to finish in this game.
• Koetter also did a good job of personnel usage; he spread the ball around on offense, with WRs DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans leading the way. RB Peyton Barber performed well in his role. Koetter seemed determined to get the ball in the hands of his best players.
• The Saints failed to make any effective in-game adjustments on defense. It appeared that they were going to play as they had last year; rely on their front four for a rush and to play man with their corners. It didn’t work in this game as the Saints performed just as they did in the 2017 opener vs. Minnesota.
• Koetter was ahead 24 points in the second half but did not do a good-enough job with clock management down the stretch as the Saints closed to within one possession. Koetter’s offense did do a good job with tempo in this game, however – the ball came out quick consistently and negated any Saints defensive rush.
• Koetter’s offensive gameplan to get QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on the move worked very well and set him up for perhaps the best game of his career.