With the divisional round of the playoffs set between the Buccaneers and the Saints, what do their two regular-season meetings tell us about this game?
It is ironic that in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Saints are playing the only other divisional opponent from the NFC South to make the playoffs. However, because of this, we have a two-game sample size of them already playing one another.
The first time they played, the Saints got the better of the Buccaneers. It was the first game of the year and without a preseason, we just chalked it up to the Buccaneers had so many new pieces that they were still working on their chemistry together.
The second time they played was midway through the season. By now, the Buccaneers should have figured their “kinks” out. It did not work though. The Saints ended up beating them 38-3, which was harder than the first time they played.
Now, they will face off for the third time this season. The Buccaneers are thinking the third time is the charm, but the Saints are ready. They know how to beat Tampa Bay and Tom Brady. The regular season showed us these three things about the game we will see on Sunday.