Dave Wilson threw two touchdown passes to lead a New Orleans Saints offense described by the opposing coach as "vanilla" to a 20-13 NFL victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.
Wilson was 16 for 25 for 246 yards and two touchdowns -- a 23-yarder to Larry Hardy in the first quarter and three-yarder to Hoby Brenner in the second quarter.
Wilson operated behind a patched-up offensive line in the second half after three starters went out with injuries in 12 minutes of the second quarter -- guards Brad Edelman and Kelvin Clark and center Steve Korte.
Morten Andersen kicked field goals of 37 yards in the second quarter and 40 yards in the third quarter for New Orleans.
It was the first win for the Saints. The Buccaneers are 0-3. "I'm sure glad I ain't 0-3," Saints Coach Bum Phillips said.
Phillips said he didn't think Tampa Bay Coach Leeman Bennett meant anything derogatory in describing the Saints' offense as "vanilla." Said Phillips, "He just meant we don't use a lot of trick plays or gimmicks."
Terry Hoage, substituting at strong safety for injured Russell Gary, led the Saints' defense, forcing a James Wilder fumble and intercepting a Steve DeBerg pass in the second half.
Tampa Bay had field goals of 38 and 51 yards by Donald Igwebuike in the first half and a 22-yard touchdown pass from DeBerg to Gerald Carter with 1:01 left in the game.
DeBerg finished 22 for 44 for 252 yards with two interceptions.
James Wilder, the only Buccaneers running back with a carry this season, rushed 26 times for 114 yards.