New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 8, 2020

New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Well, this matchup has certainly gotten more interesting – as if it even needed to. First, the Buccaneers signed quarterback Tom Brady at the start of free agency, who sits behind none other than New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for multiple career passing records. Brees has 77,416 career yards to Brady's 74,571. Brees also has 547 passing touchdowns to Brady's 541. Now, they'll get to go head-to-head twice a season, all but solidifying the given primetime slot months before the schedule was even released. The two teams will face off first to start the season at 4:25 p.m. on FOX in Week One on September 13 and then again on Sunday Night Football November 8 during Week Nine at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

Brady filled a quarterback hole that was left when the Bucs didn't re-sign quarterback Jameis Winston, the team's 2015 first overall pick who had been the starting signal caller for the past five seasons. To add another layer of '#thisleague' to the mix, Winston is now a Saint, signing with New Orleans just recently to backup Brees for the division rivals.

That took a turn.

WEEK 9 • SUN 11/08 • FINAL

New Orleans Saints 6 - 2


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 - 3


History: New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

All Time Record (entering 2020 season): 21-35

Streaks: Saints have won last three meetings

Most Recent Matchup: The Saints won at home over the Bucs, 34-17

Players and Coaches to Know:

New Orleans Saints

Head Coach Name: Sean Payton

Quarterback Name: Drew Brees

Position Player Name: Michael Thomas

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Head Coach Name: Bruce Arians

Quarterback Name: Tom Brady

Position Player Name: Rob Gronkowski

New Orleans Saints 2019 Record: 13-3
Scoring Offense: 3rd (26.8 points per game)
Total Offense: 9th (373.9 total yards per game)
Rushing Offense: 16th (108.6 rushing yards per game)
Passing Offense: 7th (276.9 passing yards per game)
Scoring Defense: 13th (21.3 points allowed per game)
Total Defense: 11th (333.1 total yards allowed per game)
Rushing Defense: 4th (91.3 rushing yards allowed per game)
Passing Defense: 20th (248.1 passing yards allowed per game)
Turnover Margin: 2nd (+15)
Saints' 2020 Draft Class: G/C Cesar Ruiz, Michigan (Round 1, 24th overall), LB/EDGE Zack Baun, Wisconsin (Round 3, 74th overall), TE Adam Trautman, Dayton (Round 3, 105th overall), QB Tommy Stevens, Miss. St. (Round 7, 240th overall)
Key Veteran Additions: S Malcolm Jenkins (FA), WR Emmanuel Sanders (FA), QB Jameis Winston (FA)
Notable Departures: QB Teddy Bridgewater (FA), CB Eli Apple (UFA), S Vonn Bell (FA)