Not only did Phillip Buchanon start the game at left cornerback in place of the injured Brian Kelly, but CB Sammy Davis also started, too, in his first game for Tampa Bay. Davis, just re-signed this past week after attending training camp with the Bucs, was part of the nickel package the Bucs opened in to counter a Saints alignment that had both Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush on the field.
Alex Smith sparked the Bucs' first-quarter touchdown drive with a 33-yard reception that ranks as the longest of his three-year career. Smith's previous long was a 27-yarder against Carolina on 9/24/06.
Joey Galloway's 69-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was the longest completion by the Buccaneers' offense since 10/30/05, when Galloway scored on a 78-yard pass from QB Chris Simms at San Francisco.
Cadillac Williams scored twice on the day, giving him just the second multi-touchdown day of his career. Williams previously pulled off that feat against Carolina on Dec. 11, 2005, late in his Rookie of the Year campaign.
The Buccaneers declared the following eight players inactive for Sunday's game: QB Chris Simms, CB Brian Kelly, LB Jeremiah Trotter, DE Patrick Chukwurah, G/T Anthony Davis, G Dan Buenning, DT Ryan Sims and designated third quarterback Luke McCown. Kelly was ruled out due to a groin injury and Chukwurah missed his fourth game in a row due to a knee injury.