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

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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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Position Lineup
Alex Anzalone primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Terron Armstead primary: Left Tackle Starter
Drew Brees primary: Quarterback Starter
Malcom Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jared Cook primary: Tight End Starter
Demario Davis primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
C.J. Gardner-Johnson primary: Cornerback Starter
Trey Hendrickson primary: Defensive End Starter
Josh Hill primary: Tight End Starter
Janoris Jenkins primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Cameron Jordan primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Alvin Kamara primary: Runningback Starter
Marshon Lattimore primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Erik McCoy primary: Center Starter
David Onyemata primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ryan Ramczyk primary: Right Tackle Starter
Michael Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Marcus Williams primary: Free Safety Starter
Malcolm Jenkins primary: Strong Safety Starter
Michael Burton primary: Runningback Starter
Andrus Peat primary: Left Guard Starter
Cesar Ruiz primary: Right Guard Starter
Marcus Davenport primary: Defensive End Substitution
Nick Easton primary: Center Substitution
Kaden Elliss primary: Linebacker Substitution
Carl Granderson primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.T. Gray primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ethan Greenidge primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Deonte Harris primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Taysom Hill primary: Quarterback Substitution
Wil Lutz primary: Kicker Substitution
Thomas Morstead primary: Punter Substitution
Latavius Murray primary: Runningback Substitution
Craig Robertson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Patrick Robinson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tre'quan Smith primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Shy Tuttle primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dwayne Washington primary: Runningback Substitution
Zach Wood primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Emmanuel Sanders primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
D.J. Swearinger primary: Defensive Back Substitution
P.J. Williams primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zack Baun primary: Linebacker Substitution
Adam Trautman primary: Tight End Substitution
Malcolm Roach primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Jameis Winston primary: Quarterback Substitution
Marquez Callaway primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
James Hurst primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Derrick Kelly primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Ty Montgomery primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Ken Crawley primary: Cornerback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Antony Auclair primary: Tight End Starter
Shaquil Barrett primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Alex Cappa primary: Right Guard Starter
Lavonte David primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Carlton Davis primary: Cornerback Starter
Jamel Dean primary: Cornerback Starter
Mike Evans primary: Wide Receiver Starter
William Gholston primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Chris Godwin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Jensen primary: Center Starter
Ronald Jones II primary: Runningback Starter
Rakeem Nunez-Roches primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Jason Pierre-Paul primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Donovan Smith primary: Left Tackle Starter
Devin White primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Whitehead primary: Safety Starter
Tom Brady primary: Quarterback Starter
Joe Haeg primary: Left Guard Starter
Ndamukong Suh primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Rob Gronkowski primary: Tight End Starter
Tristan Wirfs primary: Right Tackle Starter
Antoine Winfield Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Cameron Brate primary: Tight End Substitution
Sean Murphy-Bunting primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Edwards primary: Safety Substitution
Tanner Hudson primary: Tight End Substitution
Scotty Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Anthony Nelson primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Patrick O'Connor primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Bradley Pinion primary: Punter Substitution
Ryan Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zach Triner primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kevin Minter primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Andrew Adams primary: Safety Substitution
Blaine Gabbert primary: Quarterback Substitution
Tyler Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Chapelle Russell primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Cam Gill primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Josh Wells primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaydon Mickens primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Leonard Fournette primary: Runningback Substitution
Ryan Succop primary: Kicker Substitution
A.Q. Shipley primary: Center Substitution
Ross Cockrell primary: Cornerback Substitution
Steve McLendon primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Antonio Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Griffin primary: Quarterback Not active
Ali Marpet primary: Guard Not active
Aaron Stinnie primary: Guard Did not play
Justin Watson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Ke'Shawn Vaughn primary: Runningback Not active
Khalil Davis primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Did not play

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Passer: Drew Brees
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Trautman
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 14 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tre'quan Smith
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Passer: Drew Brees
  • Period 2
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Rusher: Alvin Kamara
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 12 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Emmanuel Sanders
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Passer: Drew Brees
  • Period 4
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 48 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Josh Hill
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Passer: Drew Brees
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Denver W 31 - 3
  • Atlanta W 9 - 24
  • San Francisco W 13 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay W 38 - 3
  • @Chicago W 26 - 23
  • Carolina W 24 - 27
  • L.A. Chargers W 27 - 30
  • @Detroit W 35 - 29
  • Green Bay L 37 - 30
  • @Las Vegas L 24 - 34
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Kansas City L 27 - 24
  • L.A. Rams L 27 - 24
  • @Carolina W 46 - 23
  • New Orleans L 38 - 3
  • @N.Y. Giants W 25 - 23
  • @Las Vegas W 45 - 20
  • Green Bay W 10 - 38
  • @Chicago L 19 - 20
  • L.A. Chargers W 31 - 38
  • @Denver W 28 - 10

Next Games

  • @Atlanta(11-28-19) W 26 - 18
  • @Philadelphia(10-11-15) L 17 - 39
  • Kansas City(08-09-13) W 13 - 17
  • Minnesota(01-05-20) L 26 - 20
  • @Carolina(12-29-19) W 42 - 10
  • Minnesota(10-26-14) L 19 - 13
  • @Atlanta(11-24-19) W 35 - 22
  • @Detroit(12-15-19) W 38 - 17
  • Atlanta(12-29-19) L 28 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Saints @ Buccaneers 38-3
  • Buccaneers @ Saints 23-34
  • Saints @ Buccaneers 34-17
  • Buccaneers @ Saints 24-31
  • Saints @ Buccaneers 28-14
  • Buccaneers @ Saints 48-40
  • Saints @ Buccaneers 24-31
  • Buccaneers @ Saints 10-30
  • Buccaneers @ Saints 24-31
  • Saints @ Buccaneers 11-16

Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Jamel Dean

    Concussion
    Ques Week 14 | questionable

    Dean sat out the last game to be evaluated for a concussion, and it is unknown if he will take the field against the Vikings in Week 14.

  • Vita Vea

    Leg
    I-R | I-R

    Vita has wound up on the injured reserve list with a fractured leg. He is also on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long it will take for the symptoms to subside.

  • Tanner Hudson

    Personal
    Ques Week 14 | questionable

    Hudson has missed the previous two games due to a personal matter, and it is unclear if he will be available versus the Vikings in Week 14.

  • A.Q. Shipley

    Neck
    I-R | I-R

    Shipley has popped up on the injured reserve list with a neck injury.

  • Jack Cichy

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 14 | questionable

    Cichy has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from a hamstring injury. It is unknown if he will return against the Vikings in Week 14.

  • Ali Marpet

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Marpet has sat out the past three games while going through the concussion protocol. It is anticipated that he will pass protocol prior to Sunday's battle versus the Chiefs.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Pierre-Paul is expected to take on the Chiefs despite a knee injury.

  • Ryan Smith

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith has an injured ankle, but it is expected that he will take on the Chiefs on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints

  • Sheldon Rankins

    Knee
    day-to-day | I-R

    Rankins has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from MCL sprain. The team has two weeks to activate him.

  • Andrus Peat

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Peat missed the previous game with a concussion, and it is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Week 13 versus the Falcons.

  • Deonte Harris

    Stinger
    day-to-day | questionable

    Harris has a stinger and was inactive for the previous game. It remains to be seen if he will recover to face the Falcons in Week 13.

  • Ty Montgomery

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Montgomery missed the last game with a hamstring injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up against the Falcons in Week 13.

  • Janoris Jenkins

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Jenkins was forced from the previous game with a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will be cleared to face the Falcons in Week 13.

  • Terron Armstead

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Armstead has popped up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an unknown length of time.

  • Marquez Callaway

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Callaway was forced to leave the previous game with an injured knee, and it is unknown if it will impede his status for Week 13 versus the Falcons.

  • Michael Thomas

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thomas is hampered by an ankle injury, leaving his status against the Broncos on Sunday clouded.

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