Buccaneer’s quarterback Tom Brady has never lost to a team four times in a row in the regular season. He will try to prevent that against the Saints on Sunday evening.
Yes, the Saints have a 3-0 regular season record against Brady during his time with the Buccaneers. (The Bucs won their January postseason meeting.) And while Tampa Bay comes in as an 11-point favorite Sunday night, Brady is suspicious.
“They’re just a great team, so in the end you have to play great to beat great teams,” Brady told reporters on Thursday. “There are several things they’ve had to deal with, I think there’s been a lot of injuries this year. They are not injured in defense. They have a great defense. They have a great, powerful front, they have been playing together for a long time. It was one of the best defenses in the league. [Defensive coordinator] Dennis Allen is doing a great job preparing those guys. They’re just a fundamentally good defense, they let you earn it. We have to make the right throws, we have to make the right catches, we have to make the right reads in the run game. You can’t get penalties and put yourself behind the sticks. You have to convert in third place. I think they are the best team in the red area so it is very difficult to score points against them. It’s a tough defense.”
The defense freaked out Brady. The offense in New Orleans has been overhauled, but it’s getting a little healthier.
In week eight, the Saints defeated the Bucs after starting quarterback Jameis Winston left the game with a knee injury and Trevor Siemian got the job done. If the 6-7 Saints hope to make it back in the wildcard playoff chase, they will need to extend their regular season record against Brady’s Buccaneers to 4-0.