The recent struggles that the Bucs have had with the Saints gives New Orleans’ safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson good reason to have no fear playing Tampa Bay.

Even with Tom Brady here for two seasons, the Bucs have yet to defeat the Saints in the regular season. In fact, their last regular season win over their NFC South rival hasn’t come since Week 1 of the 2018 season. Ryan Fitzpatrick was the quarterback.

The last time the Bucs played the Saints, it came with a 9-0 shutout loss at home in Week 15. Brady doesn’t get shutout often, and that’s partly why Gardner-Johnson believes the Saints have the best defense around.

“We got the best defense in the league,” Gardner-Johnson said at Saints’ mini-camp. “The only team that pitched a shutout on Tom Brady in the past, what? 10 years? C’mon man. People are dialed in in this locker room, people are dialed in. No disrespect to Tom, he’s a great player, y’all know that. Great player, phenomenal player. But when a lot of that gets overlooked, the defense gets overlooked because of who we’re playing, y’all know that. ‘The defense vs. Tom Brady.’ Not the Saints. That’s how I’m feeling right now.”

Bucs Take The Playoff Game

Of course when it mattered most in the 2020 Divisional round, the Bucs beat the Saints on the road with a 30-20 win. Gardner-Johnson mentioned that the Saints let that game away with costly turnovers. While he didn’t name anyone specifically, he alluded to the forced fumble by Antoine Winfield Jr. on Jared Cook that was the turning point of the game.

“Put it like this, we’re confident that we can beat them in the playoffs and the regular season. We fumbled the ball to win the game. Y’all saw it. For real, let’s call it what it is. I ain’t saying no names, but y’all know what happened. That fumble messed up, right? That fumble messed up the game and I ain’t saying no names. It’s football.

“We aint worried about none of that. We can beat the GOAT four times. Beat them consistently. Let’s take him out, we sweep our division consistently every year. What are we worried about? Let’s stop sending shots at single individuals. We singlehandedly dominate our division every year. We dominated last year and we were on the bubble.”

Gardner-Johnson isn’t 100 percent accurate about sweeping the division. The Saints went 4-2 against the NFC South last year, but they did go 6-0 the year before and 5-1 in 2019 for a combined total of 15-3 over the past three seasons.

The Bucs play the Saints on the road in Week 2. Then they’re at home in Week 13 for Monday Night Football this year in what both should be highly touted matchups.

You can watch his full interview here.

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fredster
fredster
15 days ago

Cocky little shit. Lol. Good ammo to piss Bucs and Brady off this year. I’m surprised Gardner-Johnson forgot to mention they always beat us because of Donovan Smith like Ted keeps saying. Lol. Too funny.

Brett
Brett
Reply to  fredster
15 days ago

Idk I give them the benefit of the doubt here. For whatever (inexcusable) reason the saints play and coach against us as fantastically as we do horribly so he can run his mouth about it til we beat them. Bucs beat them when it mattered most but that was also two years ago.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  Brett
12 days ago

Yeah, 2 years ago when we won our 2nd Ring, It’s gonna be about 10 times that amount of time before the Aint’s can even dream of having a chance for THEIR next one. It’s true that they have our number, but in the end we won both our Rings while losing to them both times during the regular season. So basically they are a non factor whether we beat them or not.. Now that’s just pathetic 😂 It’s like they don’t even matter 😂

BucRy
BucRy
15 days ago

That’s cool and all but I doubt the saints will be winning the super bowl anytime soon.

Dman
Dman
14 days ago

He’s not wrong. Bucs need to put this up on their bulletin board in the locker room. Especially TB.

plopes808
plopes808
14 days ago

Well, he has all the reason in the world to be cocky right now. Until we find a way to beat them, it’s their prerogative to feel unbeatable.

scubog
scubog
14 days ago

There’s little doubt that the Bucs have struggled against the Saints…..even in the playoff victory. In my view that pompous Sean Payton always had a surprise or two against us. Thankfully the gum chewing smurf is gone. For whatever reason, they had an edge mentally. They were in our heads. Last home game against the Saints I believe Chris Godwin was to be the focus of the offensive game plan. He was dominate. When he was targeted by the Saints and taken out of the game everything changed. The Saints put up a whopping 9 points, so it’s no like… Read more »

fanofdabucs
fanofdabucs
14 days ago

Sounds like the Bucs are in his head for a some reason. Winston is a down grade at QB. They lost their HC. They lost 2 good safeties. They lost their pro bowl LT. The reason they’ve beaten us has been obvious. They dominated the LOS last year. I see a much improved Bucs dline with Hicks, Joe having a year to learn, Hall coming in. I also believe Logan Ryan, Neal and a healthy Bucs CB room will help. It should be a good match up with the Aints this year, but I’m calling a sweep by the Bucs… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
14 days ago

I want nothing more this year than to beat the dogshit out of the Aints both times. Cannot stand that team or their fanbase.

Benjamin
Benjamin
13 days ago

Now of course as a lifelong Bucs fan I want the Bucs to beat the hell out of the Aints but when it mattered most they choked, sure you got us the last two years in the regular season but when the money was pushed to the middle of the table the Aints choked. Tom has been in Tampa 2 going on 3 years and the Bucs have the SAME number of Super Bowls at 1. They had Brees for what 15 or 16 years and got 1 we have had Tom for 2 seasons and got one. That to… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by Benjamin
76Buc
76Buc
13 days ago

Why should he fear the Bucs? The Saints kick the $hit out of them every time they play. Saints own the Bucs.

Spitfire
Spitfire
12 days ago

All I have to say is a quote from one of my favorite Norm MacDonald movies “Whooooooooooo Cares!!!”