Downfield doldrums
The Bucs entered the game with an NFL-high 14 completions of at least 40 yards, but Josh Freeman was unable to find WRs Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams for long gains.

Jackson, averaging a league-leading 20.4 yards per catch, was held without a reception until late in the third quarter, when New Orleans was already cruising with a 31-0 lead. He finished with six catches for 81 yards and declined comment after the game for the second consecutive week.

Williams gained 63 yards on his four catches as TE Dallas Clark emerged as Freeman's favorite target with eight receptions for only 42 yards. Together, Clark, Jackson and Williams were targeted 31 times.

"You give up turnovers on the road in a division game and it's going to come out like this,'' Williams said after the Bucs were victimized by five giveaways four interceptions and a fumble by Freeman. "We can't have any finger-pointing going on around here and I don't think we will.''