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Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson carry Saints to victory

Khiry Robinson scored from 18 yards out to cap a furious New Orleans Saints comeback in a 37-31 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Our takeaways:

  1. The Saints overcame three Drew Brees turnovers, including a pick-six and an earlier interception that led directly to a Bucs touchdown. The normally explosive New Orleans offense has been in a malaise all season, as Brees has struggled to connect on passes beyond 20 yards.
  1. Pierre Thomas saved Brees and Rob Ryan's porous defense, totaling 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12 touches. The best screen-pass back of his era ran with authority and was especially hard to bring down on Sunday.
  1. For the second consecutive game, Mike Glennon started off slowly, failing to move the chains for the first quarter and a half. Much like last week, he caught fire in the second half. The difference Sunday was that he was sacked for a safety and went five-and-out on two key fourth-quarter drives, allowing the Saints back in the game. All things considered, he has shown enough to merit keeping the starting job once Josh McCown's thumb is healthy.
  1. The Saints lost All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham to a shoulder injury in the second quarter. He never returned to the field after undergoing X-rays just before halftime. Coach Sean Payton did not provide an update on Graham's status during the post-game presser. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the team believes his shoulder is sprained but is not serious.
  1. The Bucs had the two best players on the field in wideout Vincent Jackson and linebacker Lavonte David. A week after Keenan Lewis stifled Dez Bryant, Jackson got the better of the matchup on Sunday. David was a beast, racking up 14 tackles, including two for a loss.
  1. Payton got rookie Brandin Cooks more involved this week, but big plays were noticeably absent on his 11 offensive touches for 71 yards.

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