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Signing quarterback Tom Brady has a direct impact on the Bucs and their expectations for this season. Brady’s arrival in Tampa Bay also affects the rest of the NFC South, who will now play against him twice a year in what should be a competitive division.

The New Orleans Saints have won the division for the past three seasons and could arguably have their biggest threat for first place with Brady here since the Panthers and Falcons both qualified for the wild card in 2017. Saints’ coach Sean Payton commented on having Brady in the NFC South and what he’ll bring to the Bucs on NOLA.com

“It was a great sign by Tampa,” Payton said. “This division has gotten a lot stronger. One of the great strengths a player like Tom has is those others around him get better.”

Brady has a 17-4 record against the NFC South for a .810 winning percentage, good for third highest in his career, albeit with smaller sample size. Including the postseason, Brady is 3-3 against the Panthers, 6-0 against the Falcons, 4-0 against the Bucs and 4-1 against the Saints, in addition to a 3-1 record over Drew Brees. The matchup of Brady against Brees and Matt Ryan are two of the most high profile quarterback matchups the NFL can get.

You can read the full story from Luke Johnson for more of Payton’s comments on Brady coming to the Bucs here.

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1 year ago

This will be the first time in 20 years that Brady will have to face another franchise QB in his own division.

Spitfire
Reply to  e
1 year ago

You’re right, it’s pretty crazy how the Patriots have dominated their Div for 20 years or more and none of the other teams have really been able to find a good QB to compete. Darn old and Allen only popped up the last couple years. He will be facing 2 Franchise QBs now and Bridgewater who at least isn’t a slouch, but hopefully the Saint will be the only real Competition.

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

Bucs are the new powerhouse in NFC south, Saints have deteriorated in last year, Carolina is done, Falcons have done nothing.
I believe if Bucs move up in the draft and get best OT and move up in the second round to get RB this team will be playoff winners.
With QB that does not throw touchdowns and catches to the other team, Bucs Defense will get needed rest and greatly improve.

bucoffmatey
1 year ago

OMG you guys fixed the reply button!!! I just might do a little socially distanced dance!

NCBuc
Reply to  bucoffmatey
1 year ago

Now you can’t see how many thumbs down a comment has.

bucoffmatey
Reply to  NCBuc
1 year ago

Poor BOB won’t know how much we love him

Naplesfan
1 year ago

The NFC South is certainly going to be a competitive division and overall the best quarterbacks of any division in the league. Very very exciting divisional games to come this year, providing the season actually takes place as scheduled.

Bucko40
1 year ago

Way to go Capt. Obvious.

Naplesfan
1 year ago

Off topic, but it was just announced that Tom Brady is donating 10 million meals through Wheels Up. That’s a very very generous donation. That’s a very big chunk of his 2020 compensation.

Johnny Cannons
1 year ago

The NFC South is once again the division to watch in the NFL, and I am absolutely here for it. This is also possibly a very peripheral reason TB12 signed in Tampa: a chance to shut up the nay-sayers (myself included, at times) who claimed that NE got to play a cupcake schedule every year. Not going to be the case in 2020, yet the South is vulnerable with a Saints team that faded down the stretch (Brees has looked entirely human late in the year over the past couple, to me), the scorched-earth rebuild in Carolina, and a Falcons… Read more »

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