Dirk Koetter to return as Bucs coach in 2018


Sure, their injury report may look significantly longer than the Buccaneers', especially with TE Garrett Griffin, OT Terron Armstead, and DE Trey Henderickson all being questionable to play with injuries, but I still say the Saints can cover the spread here.

The Bucs are 4-11 heading into Sunday's finale after finishing 9-7 and barely missing the playoffs in Koetter's debut year.

Another factor contributing to Winston's success surrounds his health.

Martin was suspended by the team for a rule violation two weeks ago and is nearing the end of another disappointing season, in which he's averaging merely 3.0 yards per carry, that began with a drug suspension.

Since returning to the lineup in Week 13, Winston has completed 95 of 132 passes (71.9 percent) for 1,221 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions.

Tight end Cameron Brate missed Wednesday's practice with a hip/knee injury, wide receiver Chris Godwin was also sidelined with an ankle injury and linebacker Devante Bond missed practice with an ankle injury as well.

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"When you sit out, you get hungrier", Williams said. "I'm sure he's a lot more confident and hungrier, and he's making the throws that he can make". The combination of Ingram and Alvin Kamara is sure to pose some trouble for this defense while the Saints' defence could actually shut down Winston and Evans if they repeat and improve on their performance from last Sunday.

Carolina hadn't had a kickoff-return touchdown since 2011 before Byrd, a former South Carolina Gamecock, shook multiple defenders on his way to the score, which marked the longest touchdown by any player in the National Football League this season.

"I do feel like he's always been a good scrambler", Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison said.

"Under pressure he's been able to make the good choice, a good decision", Davison said. I'm always gonna be that way, regardless of what we're playing for, what people think we're playing for.

"He's a mobile quarterback", Onyemata said.

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