Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians recently shared his insights on the team’s upcoming opponent in the form of the New Orleans Saints ahead of their NFC Divisional-Round matchup. When asked a hypothetical question on who would he rather not have on the field between Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, Arians went with Thomas as the more dangerous player instead, via JoeBucsFan.com.
Arians explained the rationale behind his choice, stating that his team was able to contain a healthy Kamara in their last two meetings. In their Week 1 matchup, the four-time Pro Bowler was only limited to 16 yards on 12 receptions and a scored touchdown for the Saints.
Despite his low production, New Orleans still managed to come out with a 34-23 victory at the start of the season. In their next game in Week 9, Alvin Kamara was once again limited to produce 40 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. The Saints still had the Buccaneers’ number this time around as they dealt their division rivals with a 38-3 drubbing.
Meanwhile, Thomas wasn’t in full playing condition when the two teams met. He only generated 17 yards on three receptions in Week 1 followed by 51 yards on five catches in Week 9. A different game plan will be needed as Arians and the Bucs are bracing for a healthy Michael Thomas this time around.
A healthy Saints squad already showed their capabilities on the field after imposing their dominance on the Chicago Bears in the Wild-Card round. Kamara broke loose and ran 99 rushing yards on 23 carries along with a scoring drive on the end zone.
Thomas also found his groove on the field after notching 73 yards on five touches and a touchdown for the Saints. Head coach Sean Payton and his men advanced to the next round by way of a 21-9 victory against the Bears.
Aside from producing points on offense, the Buccaneers will also have to buckle down on defense as they aim to limit both Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas on Sunday. Grabbing an all-important win against the Saints will allow Bruce Arians and the Bucs to advance to the NFC Championship Game for just the fourth time in franchise history.