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New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick & Prediction NOV 8TH 2020

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473New Orleans Saints
474Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OP
55.5
-4.5
CU
55o -105
-3 -110
ML
160
-180
Partials
1 2 3 4
14 17 0 7
0 0 0 3
Score
38
3
Recap

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Tom Brady and Drew Brees could change places yet again as the top two touchdown passers in NFL history.

 

The host Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints could change places atop the NFC South standings.

 

Much will be at stake when the two most prolific active quarterbacks in the NFL lead their respective teams against each other Sunday night in Tampa.

 

Brady and the Buccaneers (6-2) lead the South by a half-game over Brees and the Saints (5-2), who prevailed 34-23 when these teams met in the season opener.

 

Both quarterbacks had two touchdown passes last week, leaving Brady with 561 for his career, one more than Brees. The Saints quarterback had leapfrogged Brady on the all-time list last Sunday with a pair of scoring passes at Chicago.

 

The two future Hall of Famers could trade places multiple times Sunday night and beyond.

 

"I'd say it's pretty cool," Brees said. "I'm just laser-focused on the job that is right in front of me and the opportunity that we have this week. Winning the football game is the most important thing, and however we can get that done.

 

"We both play on very good teams for very good organizations, with great coaches and great systems, great players around us. (I'm) just grateful for the opportunity to compete, grateful that we're in the situation where we're battling to win the division."

 

The Saints intercepted Brady twice and sacked him three times in the opener.

 

"I think we did some things well, we got the turnovers," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "I didn't think we played very well in some other areas when you watch the tape. They're playing with confidence."

 

New Orleans has won four consecutive games and Tampa Bay has won three in a row. The Saints have won their last four meetings against the Buccaneers.

 

Since the opener, Brady has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,950 yards and 18 touchdowns with two interceptions. He has rushed for one touchdown in that span.

 

The Buccaneers activated wide receiver Antonio Brown from the suspended list earlier in the week. They signed the former Steeler, Raider and Patriot on Oct. 27.

 

"He'll have his role," Bucs coach Bruce Arians said. "It could be 10 plays, it could be 35 plays. I wouldn't anticipate 60 plays, for sure, but we'll just see how it goes."

 

Arians said Brown was "full speed" in his first workout with his new team.

 

"Everybody else was walking, but he was going full speed -- that's him anyway," Arians said. "Guys were helping him (and) he's got a really good handle on what we're trying to get done 'formationally' and everything. It was great interaction with all the guys and it was a good start to the week."

 

Tampa Bay also has plenty of receivers with Pro Bowlers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who was limited in practice Wednesday because of a finger injury, as well as tight end Rob Gronkowski.

 

"I've been taking care of myself off the field," Brown said. "I pride myself on being the guy who is staying in high condition and being physically fit. I spend a year and a half working out in parks and not being able to get a lot of reward. Just grateful to be in the position where I can work out and get the opportunity to play in the game and get some rewards."

 

Saints All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas hasn't played since the first meeting with Tampa Bay because of ankle and hamstring injuries. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

 

Running back Alvin Kamara was limited in practice because of a foot injury suffered in a win at Chicago last week, but he said he will play against the Buccaneers.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes and Tom Brady threw three interceptions as the visiting New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-3 on Sunday night.

Brees entered the game one touchdown pass behind Brady for the NFL career lead and finished the game with 564 to Brady's 561. Brees completed 26 of 32 for 222 yards and 12 different receivers caught passes on the night.

The Saints (6-2) won their fifth consecutive game to pass the Buccaneers (6-3) for first place in the NFC South. New Orleans swept the season series after beating Tampa Bay 34-23 in the season opener in which the Saints intercepted Brady twice.

This is the first time in Brady's career that he has lost twice to the same team in one season. He completed 22 of 38 for 209 yards in the most lopsided loss of his career.

The Buccaneers ran just five times, the fewest in NFL history.

Saints All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas returned from injury to play for the first time since the season opener and had five catches for 51 yards.

New Orleans led 31-0 at halftime, the largest halftime deficit ever faced by Brady.

The Buccaneers recovered a Brees fumble on the first possession of the third quarter and drove to the Saints' 1-yard line, but Brady threw an incompletion on fourth and goal.

Neither team scored in the third quarter and Brees threw a 3-yard touchdown to Josh Hill early in the fourth quarter for a 38-0 lead.

Ryan Succop's 48-yard field goal with 5:52 left enabled Tampa Bay to avoid a shutout.

Brees tied Brady on the Saints' first possession when he threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith for a 7-0 lead.

He added a 7-yard touchdown pass to Adam Trautman for a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Brees' 12-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders increased the lead to 21-0.

David Onyemata intercepted Brady, setting up Alvin Kamara's 1-yard touchdown run for a 28-0 lead.

Wil Lutz added a 36-yard field goal for a 31-0 lead late in the second quarter. It stayed that way going into halftime after Marcus Williams intercepted Brady at the New Orleans 19 in the final minute of the quarter.

--Field Level Media