New Orleans Saints Blowout Tom Brady & Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday night it was a matchup that was highly anticipated between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, no one expected it to be a blowout win in favor of the Saints. Tom Brady, the star quarterback of the Buccaneers, was dealt with his worst loss in his entire career. Brady suffered a 35 point defeat courtesy of the Saints.
The Buccaneers were pummeled by the Saints 38-3. Brady was not his usual self and played horribly during the blowout loss. The quarterback went 22 of 38 for 209 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. This was the first time in nine years that Brady threw three or more interceptions in a game. The last time this happened was against the Buffalo Bills in 2011, when he was still part of the New England Patriots. This ended his record streak of playing more than 145 games with 10+ passes with 3 or fewer interceptions.
So far, Brady has had five interceptions come from the Saints, of his seven interceptions in the season. It was a tough game as Brady finished with a passer rating of 40.3. It also became the first time that Brady was swept by a divisional opponent in his 19 season career. Against the Saints, he has a 60.8% passing completion, two touchdowns, five interceptions and getting sacked seven times. While against other opponents, he has a 66.5% passing completion, 18 touchdowns, and two interceptions while being sacked seven times.
Comparing the 2020 numbers between the Saints and the rest of the league, it shows how strong the Saints are in containing Brady. To be able to force him to five interceptions and sack him as much as the rest of his opponents combined is impressive. The 40.3 passer rating is the third-lowest in his career and the lowest since 2006.
Brady noted that he had to improve after the game. “Turning the ball over against good teams never helps,” he said. “We just didn’t play the way we were capable of playing. Everyone’s got to do a lot better, and it starts with me. Get back to work tomorrow morning and try to make it a better week.”