Entering the night with a slim lead in the NFC South, the Bucs hosted the Saints for a Sunday Night Football match-up and were thoroughly dominated in every facet of the game en route to a 38-3 loss in Week 9.
In his 333rd career start, Sunday was the first time in quarterback Tom Brady’s career in which his team went three-and-out on their first four offensive drives to start a game, per ESPN Stats and Info. Conversely, New Orleans scored a touchdown on four of their first five drives with the lone exception being a fumble lost by Jared Cook at the Tampa Bay 2-yard line. By halftime, Brees had amassed 189 passing yards and three touchdowns, completing 18 of his 23 pass attempts as New Orleans built a 31-0 lead heading into the locker room after two quarters. The Saints would add one final touchdown in the fourth quarter and Tampa Bay would add a 48-yard field goal before eventually running the clock out on a night to forget for the Bucs. Brady would finish the game with 209 yards and three interceptions as the Bucs’ offense converted just one of their nine third downs, gaining 13 total first downs in the game.
With the loss, the Bucs have now dropped both of their meetings with the Saints in 2020, falling to 6-3 and second place in the NFC South.