We couldn’t have drawn it up any better when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs on Sunday night. Bucs vs Saints gives us one last potential Drew Brees and Tom Brady matchup and it is exactly what every single football fan wants to see in what may be the last game of Brees career.
These two teams saw each other twice this season and the Saints were dominant in both of them. It was a 34-23 win and a 38-3 win. But this game is going to be different. No team in National Football League history has ever beat the greatest of all time, Tom Brady, three times in one single season. If we are being honest, few teams have actually beat Tom Brady three times over the course of his entire career.
Can the Saints and the future Hall of Famer Brees do it on Sunday? It’s a tall task but they are the higher seed and playing at home so they have a lot going in their favor. New Orleans is coming off a dominant win over the Bears in the Wild Card round but they didn’t finish the season off on a very high note. No one truly knows how healthy Drew Brees is but it’s a given that he will be used along with Taysom Hill in this upcoming game.
The Bucs are coming off a bit of a sloppy win over the Washington Football Team in the Wild Card round, but they have won five straight games coming into Sunday’s contest. The defense is the biggest liability currently for Tampa with their secondary getting torched recently by both Matt Ryan in Week 17 and last week against Taylor Heinicke, a guy who practically has less NFL experience than I do.
This game is truly a matchup for the ages and hopefully it plays out like that. On one hand, it really does seem impossible for a team to beat Brady three times in one year, but on the other hand, the Saints have looked incredibly dominant against the Bucs so far this season. The Bucs will get their linebacker Devin White back for this game, he was ruled out last week with COVID-19. They’re also hopeful that running back Ronald Jones will be fully cleared for the game as he was sidelined early in the game against Washington last week.
Bucs vs Saints Keys to the Game:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Don’t the Offense Stall: This is going to be a shootout and that is certain. The Bucs have had moments this season where their offense absolutely disappears in a couple of quarters before inking out some fourth quarter points and getting a win. If the offense sits a few possessions out, they can look forward to golfing next week.
New Orleans Saints, Run the Ball Well: The Bucs have the best rush defense in the National Football League and Alvin Kamara has been limited to 56 yards total in the last two games against the Bucs. If he isn’t running effectively, the Saints will become very reliant on Brees to win them this game.
Bucs vs Saints Prediction:
Bucs 31 Saints 29
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com