3 reasons Drew Brees can beat Tom Brady for a third time
After a wild, crazy 2020 NFL season, the Drew Breed-led Saints and Tom Brady-led Bucs are back at it again.
The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off for the third time this year in the NFC Divisional Playoff game this Sunday. This is presumed to be the final meeting of Tom Brady versus Drew Brees and should draw plenty of viewers.
The Saints have beaten the Bucs in both regular-season matchups including a Week 10 38-3 victory and a closer Week 1 win of 34-23. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, they are giving the Saints a 53.6 percent chance of winning this Sunday in the Superdome.
History bodes well for the Saints as teams facing a twice-beaten divisional team in the regular season usually goes on to beat them again in the third matchup.
This has been the case 14 of the last 21 attempts since the 1970 merger. The Saints happen to be the last team to complete this feat in the 2018 NFL Playoffs, beating the Carolina Panthers for the third time.
A rare negative instance of this also happened to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1999 season, where they went 14-2, losing both regular-season games to the Tennessee Titans and once again in the playoffs. The Jaguars lost to no other opponent all season.
The Titans looked like they were going to be defeated in their Wild Card matchup against the Buffalo Bills until they pulled off the now infamous Music City Miracle. That said, here are three reasons Drew Brees can beat Tom Brady for a third straight time this season: