Brees knows he has to watch for Revis in Saints-Bucs matchup

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There may not be a lot of film available to study Darrelle Revis playing with his new team.

Not a problem for Drew Brees, who has seen enough of the star cornerback to know the New Orleans Saints need to be respectful

of the so-called “Revis Rules” when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

To a point.

“Obviously in a game plan you have

certain matchups that you are trying to exploit, you have certain

coverages or looks you

are trying to get and that kind of thing. But, I would say there

are times where, hey, there’s a corner and you just know

he defends this certain route or this certain concept or this play

very well. So all things, equal, let’s go away from him,”

Brees said, looking ahead to today’s meeting between NFC South

rivals.

“We definitely say there is a ‘Revis

Rule’ as it pertains to some of those things where you just want to

avoid those to give

him the opportunities as much as you can,” the New Orleans

quarterback added. “Then again, we are going to execute our offense

and there are going to be times where we are going to his side,

throwing at him, but it is what it is. We are going to be

careful about it and smart about it.”

This will be the first big test for a

revamped Tampa Bay secondary. Revis was obtained in a pre-draft trade

and given a six-year,

$96 million contract, and the Bucs also signed All-Pro safety

Dashon Goldson to a five-year, $41.5 million in free agency.

Brees has only faced Revis once — in 2009, when the three-time All-Pro player was with the New York Jets.

“Somebody brought up to me that we’ve played against each other in some Pro Bowls, but I guess that doesn’t really count,”

Brees said. “I just know what I’ve seen on film. … I know he’s as talented as you get, the best corner in this league. One

of those guys you’ve got to know where he is, how he’s playing.”

For the record, Brees threw for 190 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in that meeting, which the Saints won 24-10

on the way to a 13-0 start and, eventually, a Super Bowl championship.

Five Things

Five things to look for when the Saints (1-0) visit the Bucs (0-1).

Sputtering Bucs

1 Josh Freeman threw for more than 4,000 yards and Tampa Bay set a franchise record for points scored last season, however,

the Bucs offense was unimpressive in the preseason and still struggled during last week’s 18-17 loss to the Jets. Freeman

is in the final year of his contract and needs to pull the unit out of its funk … and fast.

Constant Brees

2 Brees enters Week 2 with 20 or more completions in an NFL record 53 straight games. He was 26 of 35 for 357 yards and two

touchdowns in last week’s 23-17 win over Atlanta. But because Brees throws so often and with such unbridled confidence, he

is also vulnerable to turnovers, which could create opportunities for Revis and Co.

Penalty Machine

3 The Bucs were flagged 13 times for

102 yards last week, including a personal foul on LB Lavonte David that

set up the Jets’

winning field goal. Coach Greg Schiano said the mistakes were not

the result of undisciplined play, but there’s no question

the team has to clean up the sloppy play.

Tough Yards

4 Although coach Sean Payton is

trying to keep defenses honest with balanced play-calling, New Orleans’

running game hasn’t

been very productive. The Saints were limited to 78 yards rushing

on 29 carries in their opener, an average of 1.2 yards per

carry. Tampa Bay is searching for answers, too, after Doug Martin

(24 carries, 65 yards) averaged 2.7 yards per attempt against

the Jets.

Thin Line

5 The Saints lost starting nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley to a right calf strain and reserve end Tyrunn Walker, a regular in

the rotation, to a left knee injury last week, thinning the ranks of their new three-man defensive line. Still, the Saints

did well getting pressure with a four-man rush, which included help from an outside linebacker attacking the backfield as

an end might.