NFL Watch: Saints Bucc’d in Tampa 2Raheem Morris rallies the troops for the Bucs’ biggest win of the season.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New Orleans Saints in their 2010 season finale this past January, but narrowly missed the playoffs after posting a 10-6 record. Sunday afternoon, the division rivals met again, with the Saints looking to put a little distance between them and the NFC South field. However, the Bucs had other plans, using an explosive 17-point second quarter and solid defense in the second half to hold off New Orleans by a score of 26-20.

It’s not often that you can say that Josh Freeman was a more efficient passer than Drew Brees, but that was the case on Sunday. Freeman completed 23 of his 41 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Seven of Freeman’s targets caught multiple passes on the day. Tampa also got it done on the ground, where Earnest Graham carried the ball 17 times for 109 yards, out-gaining the Saints’ rushing attack by himself. Defensively, Tampa picked off Brees three times and forced a fumble on running back Pierre Thomas. Creating turnovers to keep that electric Saints offense off the field is the most effective way to beat them and they were held under 30 points for just the second time this season.

With the win, Tampa and New Orleans are tied atop the NFC South with 4-2 records. The Buccaneers now head to London to “host” the Chicago Bears in Week 7.

Also in late-game action this past weekend, the Oakland Raiders continued to “just win” with a 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns; Baltimore won their third-straight by slowing down the Houston Texans’ offense; Tom Brady meticulously marched the New England Patriots down the field in the final minutes to pick up a 20-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys; we may have seen the last of Donovan McNabb after he was benched for rookie Christian Ponder in the Chicago Bears’ 39-10 blowout of the Minnesota Vikings; and the New York Jets got back on track with an easy 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday.

Read on for a look at the football cleats worn during these games in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch: Saints Bucc'd in Tampa

Tanard Jackson wearing Nike Super Speed D 3/4 vs. New Orleans SaintsTanard Jackson picks off a pass in the Nike Super Speed D 3/4.

Mike Williams weraing Reebok NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4 vs. New Orleans SaintsMike Williams makes a downfield grab in NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4 Reebok football cleats.

Ray Rice wearing Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3 vs. Houston TexansRay Rice finds an opening in the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3.

Jacoby Ford wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly vs. Cleveland BrownsJacoby Ford returns a kickoff for a 101-yard touchdown in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.

Kevin Boss wearing Nike Zoom Alpha Talon vs. Cleveland BrownsKevin Boss dives for a touchdown wearing the Nike Zoom Alpha Talon.

Deion Branch wearing adidas Scorch X Superfly Low vs. Dallas CowboysDeion Branch runs after making a catch in the adidas Scorch X Superfly Low.

Tom Brady wearing Under Armour Fierce III Mid vs. Dallas CowboysTom Brady tries to locate an open receiver in the Under Armour Fierce III Mid.

Brian Urlacher wearing Nike Air Zoom Merciless vs. Minnesota VikingsBrian Urlacher calls out to the defense in Air Zoom Merciless Nike football cleats.

Mark Sanchez wearing Nike Air LT Superbad vs. Miami DolphinsMark Sanchez hands the ball off in Air LT Superbad Nike football cleats.

Jeremy Kerley wearing Under Armour Nitro III Low BCA vs. Miami DolphinsJeremy Kerley runs after making a catch in the Breast Cancer Awarness Under Armour Nitro III Low.

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