The Saints have beaten the Bucs in three out of the last four match-ups. All signs point towards a dynamite Saints team cruising through the Buccaneers in Week 1.
The New Orleans Saints are home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1.
Despite the game being played at home, there won’t be any fans in the stadium as recently reported. With or without fans, the Brady-led Buccaneers have to take their act on the road against an improved New Orleans’ roster.
The two teams will feature quarterbacks that are over 40 years old. Drew Brees is 41 years old, while the six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is 43 years old. These two quarterbacks are playing at a high level for any age, especially for eclipsing the 40-age mark.
There are still significant discretions between these two division foes. The key difference between the two teams will lie with the other position groups.
The reason that the Saints will be in a great position to control the Buccaneers again, is that the Saints will have strong position groups faced off against the Buccaneers’ weak links.
For instance, Saints All-Pro DE Cam Jordan will be squaring off against the likes of rookie LT Tristan Wirfs during the sequence of the game. Jordan will be able to give the rookie a welcome to the NFL performance when he lines up against one of the league’s best edge rushers.
Of course, the Buccaneers have their own Pro Bowl defensive ends like Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, but they will be going against the best tackle combination in the league, held by the Saints.
The concerns only grow for the Buccaneers after seeing how All-Pro WR Michael Thomas and Pro-Bowler Emmanuel Sanders can battle Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting, who are unproven corners for the Bucs squad.
The strength of the whole Bucs team might be their WR core, but the Saints have shown to not have a problem with shutting them down. Marshon Lattimore didn’t allow Evans to catch one single catch in their first 2019 match-up.
All in all, the Saints are more well rounded than the Buccaneers for the second year in a row. Even with strong position units on the Buccaneers, the Saints are more than capable of shutting them down.
There may be lots of hype surrounding the two Hall of Fame QBs dueling it out, but New Orleans should be in full control of this game and start the year at 1-0.