New Orleans Saints Dealt Tom Brady The Worst Loss of His NFL Career

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  • Tom Brady suffered his worst career-loss against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
  • New Orleans had 12 different players catching at least one pass in their 38-3 win over the Bucs.
  • Tampa Bay is a -6 point betting favorite in their next game against the Carolina Panthers.

The New Orleans Saints massacred the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, dealing Tom Brady and company a 38-3 defeat they will never forget.

After taking the lead over Drew Brees in the all-time TD race and getting his name in MVP conversation, the six-time Super Bowl champion had a terrible game. He was intercepted thrice and sacked three times. Worse, he got no help from any department as Tampa Bay rushed for just eight total yards and the defense allowed 31 points in the first half.

Worst Loss of Brady’s Career

The game was Brady’s 333rd career start and gave him the worst loss of his career. It’s also the first time in his career where Brady has gone 3-and-out in his first four drives of a game. After that came a pick, a turnover on downs, and another interception. That was just the first two quarters of the game. A goal-line stand, another interception, and several sacks came later to complete the rout.

Brady was hit on the first snap of the game. Cameron Jordan barreled around the corner and forced a pop-up incompletion that set the tone for the rest of the game. He was pressured in five out of his first 10 dropbacks and was 0-5 passing in those five instances.

The loss was Tampa Bay’s second to New Orleans this season. It marks the first time in his NFL career that Brady has been swept in the regular season by a divisional opponent. If we include the playoffs, this is just the second time ( Jets, 2010) that Brady has lost twice to a divisional opponent in the same season.

Saints Expanded Their Passing Game

The win was one of the most lopsided wins in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era in New Orleans. The Saints became just the third team in the last 30 years to have 12 different players make a catch during a single game, with Brees completing a pass to 11 different players in the first 19 minutes of the game as New Orleans raced to an insurmountable 31-0 lead in the first half of play.

Wide receiver Michael Thomas returned from a six-game absence with 5 catches for 51 yards. But that wasn’t the story because while Thomas was away with ankle and hamstring issues, the Saints expanded their passing game roles. As a result, seven different skill position players contributed yards on scrimmage to their nine-play, 65-yard opening scoring drive.

More remarkable was the fact that Brees was on the injured list the whole week. He was limited during practice last Wednesday and Thursday because of an issue with his right throwing shoulder. But not only did he play on Sunday, he threw four touchdown passes to reclaim his lead over Brady for the most touchdown passes thrown in the history of the NFL 564-561. Brees’ four TD passes were to different receivers.

Bucs Fall Back To Earth

Tampa Bay and Brady entered the game on a roll. Brady had 16 touchdowns and only one interception in their previous five games while the Bucs went 4-1 during that period with their only loss a 20-19 slippage against Chicago which they could’ve easily won. On Sunday, they stood no chance against the Saints and fell back to earth.

Suddenly, the Tom Brady MVP conversations have been silenced. The Bucs have also slipped in the Super Bowl odds board. After the loss, Tampa Bay fell to fourth at +900 with the Saints moving ahead of them at +700. Despite that, they are just half a game behind New Orleans in the NFC South standings. They also have a good chance of getting back on track this week.

The Bucs will face the 3-6 Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Carolina is 1-3 SU at home this season and have lost four straight games. With Christian McCaffrey listed as day to day with a shoulder injury, the Bucs are currently 6 point favorites against the Panthers in the latest odds board.

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