The New Orleans Saints jumped out to a 31-point halftime lead, and they never looked back as the 35-point difference ended as the worst of Tom Brady’s career.
Tom Brady, as a Buccaneer, can not beat the New Orleans Saints. Ever since he was signed this offseason, those were the words all Saints fans were dying to hear. While the first matchup in Week 1 did count, obviously, the Bucs have become a much more lethal foe since.
The ability to gain comradery through the last few months has helped them rally off enough wins to enter the game as the NFC South leaders. They didn’t end it that way as the Saints are the division’s new leaders with their dominant 38-3 win.
Having been banged up this season, the Bucs receiving corps was at full strength and even was able to add the services of former NFL superstar Antonio Brown in their home Week 9 matchup.
It didn’t matter as the Bucs top-tier defense couldn’t stop the Saints, and the Bucs top-tier offense couldn’t get past the Saints oftentimes flimsy defense. The Saints were able to get Brady on the ground three times while the Bucs had just one sack for zero yards.
Doubling up their first downs, the Saints drove down the field almost every time they had the ball in their possession. For the Bucs, they had just ten passing first downs and didn’t record a single one on the ground.
That’s a few numbers behind the absolute blowout loss that Tampa Bay took. It was so bad that it will go down in history as the worst loss of Tom Brady’s career. He’s been shutout twice before, but he’s never lost by 35 or more points till last night.
Brady ended with 209 yards and three interceptions.
It was just an all-out ugly performance from him at home against an NFC South rival. Part of the downfall can certainly be put on the Saints’ playmaking and execution as well. They easily had their best defensive performance of the season.
All-in-all, New Orleans historically dominated Brady, and after four straight one-score losses, they’ll finally start to get the respect they deserve.