Strong competition in the NFC South
The Saints have won the NFC South in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The division competition is finally heating up as Teddy Bridgewater left the Saints to join elite playmaker Christian Mccaffrey on the Carolina Panthers.
An even bigger acquisition came when the Buccaneers signed a six-time super bowl champion, Tom Brady. This won’t be the same Buccaneers and Panthers team that lost both games against the Saints in 2019.
More weight will be on Brees’ shoulders, after these two talented quarterbacks in the division force Brees to make more plays and win scrappy division games.
Not only did the Buccaneers add Tom Brady, but the team also sought to get Brady’s former teammate, Rob Gronkowski. The Buccaneers are making a strong push to win the division, but Fox Bet also gives the Buccaneers a 12/1 odd to winning the Super Bowl.
Outside of the Buccaneers putting together an explosive aerial attack, the team brought back pass-rushers Ndamukong Suh, Jason Pierre Paul, and NFL sack leader (19.5), Shaquil Barrett.
The Panthers must have taken note of another future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady joining the division because they went out and drafted two defensive linemen in the first two rounds. These two teams bolster their pass-rushing ability, but the Atlanta Falcons also signed premier defensive end, Dante Fowler Jr. It’s incredibly clear that the Saints division foes have one, very clear goal in mind: Get after Drew Brees.
NFL fans should get their popcorn ready for a highly touted week 1 matchup between the Saints and Buccaneers.
It won’t be the Nov. 17, 2019 matchup between the Saints and Buccaneers, where Teddy Bridgewater filled in for Brees, and the Buccaneers were led by Jameis Winston. Teddy Bridgewater is on the Panthers, Winston is on the Saints, and of course, Tom Brady is chasing another Super Bowl ring without Bill Belichick in Tampa Bay.
Let’s not forget Atlanta, who beat San Francisco last season, but were the only NFC South team to edge out the Saints going 1-1 against the Saints. Brees, going into his 20th season, might struggle to perceive through the toughest NFC South divisions presented in his whole career.