USA Game of the Week
September 13, 2020
4:25 pm ET
New Orleans, Louisiana
About the buccaneers
All eyes will be on QB Tom Brady as everyone is curious to see how he will perform in the Bruce Arians system. Arian’s approach to the passing game, “no risk, no cookie,” seems to fit well with what Brady wants to do. It has a large number of weapons to throw the ball, and not just common weapons. Pro Bowl WR’s Mike Evans and Chris Godwin along with TE OJ Howard and Brady’s former running mate with the Patriots, TE Rob Gronkowski, fresh out of retirement. All of them should have ample opportunities to play soccer, as Brady loves to spread the wealth. The latest press release revealed that WR Mike Evans is doubtful for the opener and that Justin Watson, Scott Miller, Jaydon Mickens or rookie Tyler Johnson could seize the opportunity to play in Evans’ absence. Newly acquired RB Leonard Fournette gives the offense a physical change from running back to pace that can wear down a defense. The Bucs defense should be good, especially in Front 7 with NFL sack leader Shaquil Barrett and DL Ndamukong Suh who is very powerful and can ditch locks to beat doubles and get to football. . There is some concern for youth in the secondary, especially facing quarterback Drew Brees at home, where he chews up opposing defenses and spits them out.
About the saints
The window of opportunity is closing for this team, as quarterback Drew Brees is now in the twilight of his illustrious career. The team has all the pieces in place for a Super Bowl race and head coach Sean Payton will have his team focused, primed and ready for rock and roll. RB Alvin Kamara, a three-time Pro Bowler with excellent balance and good vision, is a threat in the running game and in the passing game as well. WR Mike Thomas has definitely lived up to his nickname, “Can’t Guard Mike”, as he has set the NFL record for the most catches by a player in his first 4 seasons at 470 and also holds the record for the most. caught in a solo. season with 149. The pro football approach gives the Saints a # 2 ranking among the offensive lines in the NFL and considers OT Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk the best tackle duo in the league. The Saints also signed one of their former S players Malcolm Jenkins to help solidify the back of the defense. Jenkins was a member of the Saints’ Super Bowl winning team in 2010.
Players to watch
Donovan Smith (Buccaneers): Will Smith be able to adequately protect Brady’s blind side, especially in close games? Smith will be critical to the Bucs’ success and it is imperative that he performs well.
Emmanuel Sanders (Santos): Sanders is a game-breaker and can change a game with limited touches, as he possesses the innate ability to take any game to the distance. It’s an explosive play waiting to happen.
Tristan Wirfs (Buccaneers): He’s very athletic for an offensive lineman and thinks he’ll start right away. He will be faced with a huge task of trying to stop DE Cameron Jordan and LB Demario Davis from reaching Brady.
Ceasar Ruiz (Santos): Ruiz brings versatility and depth to an already talented offensive line unit. He is also capable of playing in any position along the line.
The Saints committed the fewest turnovers in the NFL last season with 8 total.
Tom Brady and company will put up a decent fight, but like everyone else, they will find it impossible to defeat Brees at the Super Dome.
Final score: Buccaneers 35 / Santos 48