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Tom Brady vs. Saints Stats: Why Buccaneers QB Always Fight New Orleans

There’s something about the Saints that Tom Brady can’t seem to understand. At least Tampa Bay Brady.

In his first two seasons with the Buccaneers, Brady has now lost all four regular-season games to the Saints, including a shutout loss that snapped his 255-game streak avoiding a zero in the cashier’s score.

Never before in Brady’s career has he lost to a team four times in a row in the regular season, and now the Saints have become one of only three NFL teams to have a winning record against the future quarterback of the NFL. Hall of Fame, sporting a 5-4 regular season mark against him to join the Seahawks (2-1) and Los Angeles Rams (2-1) in that regard. Even the Rams are out of the picture if you count their days in St. Louis (1-2).

Here’s how games have gone in the regular season since Brady came to Tampa Bay:

Date Final score
September 13, 2020 34-23 saints
November 8, 2020 38-3 saints
October 3, 2021 36-27 saints
December 19, 2021 9-0 Saints

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Tom Brady vs. Saints Stats

Before we dive into what caused the fights, let’s take a look at how Brady has fared overall against them in his career.

When he was a quarterback in New England, he owned New Orleans. He was 4-1 against the Saints and had some impressive stats.

Date Comp-Att Yards TD In t Score
November 25, 2001 19-26 258 4 34-17 NE
November 20, 2005 15-29 222 3 24-17 NE
November 30, 2009 21-36 237 two 38-17 NO
October 13, 2013 25-43 269 one one 30-27 NE
September 17, 2017 30-39 447 3 36-20 NE
Totals: 110-173 (63.6%) 1,433 eleven 3 141-119 NE

Now, that’s how he’s done in his time with the Buccaneers, including the postseason showdown.

Date Comp-Att Yards TD In t Score
September 13, 2020 23-36 239 two two 34-23 NO
November 8, 2020 22-38 209 3 38-3 NO
January 17, 2021 18-33 199 two 30-20 TB
October 31, 2021 28-40 375 4 two 36-27 NO
December 19, 2021 26-48 214 one 9-0 NO
Totals: 117-195 (60%) 1,236 8 8 137-83 NO

Applying pressure

No quarterback likes to operate under pressure. And while Brady could still be a better passer than most in that situation, he’s still far from perfect.

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According to Pro Football Focus, Brady is ranked 15th among qualified quarterbacks with a passing grade of 53.0, a big step down from his overall passing grade of 89.7 for the year.

In the past two years when he played against the Saints, Brady has been constantly pressured. No team has come anywhere near the 13 sacks Brady has made against New Orleans, with only the Falcons trailing seven. No other team has reached Brady more than four times.

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Sure, the Saints have played more against the Buccaneers in that span of time, but it has been consistent. They have sacked him three times in every game, except in the most recent clash, when he was caught four times. Only three other teams in the past two seasons have reached him three times in a game, the Bears, Falcons (twice) and Rams. In those games, he’s 2-2 combined.

According to Pro Football FocusIn 2020, in a 38-3 loss in Week 9, the Saints pressured Brady 22 times, the most of any team that season. In the 2020 season opener, it was 13, tied for fifth during the campaign. Despite the fact that during the Saints’ 36-27 win in Week 8 of 2021, the Saints only pressured him seven times, they converted the highest rate of pressure on sacks of any team this season at 42.9 percent. according to PFF. And in the shutout loss, he was pressured 15 times, the second most he’s faced this season.

Force bad shots

Perhaps a byproduct of the pressure he faces, Brady has also become prone to turning balls when facing New Orleans.

Since the start of the 2020 season, Brady has thrown eight interceptions against the Saints. He has been eliminated at least once in each of the four games and has thrown multiple interceptions in three of the four games. There have only been four teams during that span to record multiple interceptions against him during the regular season: the Rams in 2020, Chiefs in 2020, Cowboys in 2021 and Washington in 2021. Brady won just the matchup against the Cowboys.

These aren’t just passes that are turning into interceptions as well. Professional soccer approach He has said that Brady has thrown a lot of passes that deserve to be eliminated. In the 2020 beating of New Orleans, 9.1 percent of Brady’s pass attempts were miss-worthy shots, the highest rate in any game for him in the past two seasons. The first game of the season against the Saints was just 2.2 percent. In the team’s Week 8 meeting in 2021 against New Orleans, that number was again the season’s high, at 6.8 percent. He reached his second-worst number in the shutout loss, with 5.6 percent of his passes qualifying as lose-worthy.

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Hermetic coverage

And of course, if a quarterback is forcing shots, it never helps when the opposing defense is covering well. The Saints certainly have.

There may be little attribution of Brady’s passing struggles applied to his receivers. Professional football reference has his receivers scoring just four drops in the first three games, which would represent just 9.7 percent of his incompletes.

Instead, the Saints just stopped the ball from reaching their receivers. His defenders have combined to record 23 passes defended in all four games. And even when they abandon the pass, they’ve efficiently shut it down, allowing 375 yards after completion in the first three games, keeping Brady’s receivers to a collective 5.1 yards after completion for completion, a little over the top. of the team’s 4.9 average during that span. . While not impressive on its own, that 375 number was inflated by 205 yards after completing the third game after 90 and 80 games in the first two games, which were averages of 3.1 yards after full completion.

Professional soccer approach He gave New Orleans’ defensive coverage ratings of 62.8, 68.7, 77.7 and 80.5 in each game, all ranked among his best defensive performances.

Mute the running game

While the running game has never been completely shut down, it has certainly been toned down in each of the four losses, forcing Brady to have to air the ball more often.

Only once in the teams’ four regular-season meetings were the Buccaneers able to collectively rush for more than 100 yards, and that was in a shutout loss on “Sunday Night Football,” when the Bucs gained 118 rushing yards. Previously, they had collected totals of 86, 8 and 71. Tampa Bay has averaged 4.29 yards per carry during this span. In 2020, the Buccaneers averaged 94.9 rushing yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry, while in 2021, those stats are 97.6 and 4.4, respectively.

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By limiting yards on the ground for Tampa Bay, the Saints have been able to control time of possession in all but one of the four games. That also turned out to be the only game in which the Buccaneers had at least 100 rushing yards.

Date Buccaneers Saints
September 13, 2020 28:37 31:23
November 8, 2020 19:56 40:04
October 3, 2021 26:44 33:16
December 19, 2021 30:16 29:44

Brady’s win against the Saints

The discussion has focused almost entirely on how the Saints have beaten Brady, but the only victory Brady has over them is worth reviewing.

Brady didn’t exactly light up the New Orleans defense in the win, as he still completed just 54.5 percent of his passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns, but everything else that has worked for New Orleans to beat Brady in uniform. the Bucs did. I do not work.

The Saints only fired Brady once, and PFF listed defense for having only seven pressures on him in the game. He completed just one pass in seven attempts when he was pressured. Furthermore, he was listed with only 5.9 percent of his passes as shots worth losing. And as for their receivers, they had 94 yards after the catch, averaging 5.2 per catch.

The Buccaneers were also able to establish a running game, with Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones rushing for more than 60 yards to help Tampa Bay control New Orleans’ 31:31 to 28:29 possession time.

There was still a problem for the Saints: Brees. The future Hall of Fame quarterback battled the Buccaneers defense, throwing three interceptions and only having 134 passing yards. While both he and backup Jameis Winston each had a touchdown pass, two of Brees’ interceptions came in the final two series of the game for the Saints, while Brady led the Buccaneers to a field goal and touchdown. in each of the two previous series.

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