It is officially week one of the NFL season which means the Saints will be taking on the Buccaneers at the Superdome in six days.
Besides seeing former Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Tight End Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay uniforms, there will be another new occurrence Sunday in the Superdome. Due to COVID-19, no fans will be in attendance. No ‘Who Dat’ chants, no Black and Gold painted faces, no Saints whistle, no ‘Bless You Boys.’
Although the NFL did approve the use of artificial crowd noise, Saints Running Back Alvin Kamara says it is not quite the same. “It is definitely different, but at the end of the day, when we get in there, we have got a job to do. That is how I approached the practice the other day when we walked into the dome. You’re thinking about it like man, no fans, and then we get in there and you break the huddle and it’s time to lock in. So it is what it is, but I will say the crowd noise that the league approved is nothing compared to what the dome sounds like. I feel like they kind of played us on that.”
When it comes to playing against 14 time Pro Bowler and six time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady, Saints Linebacker DeMario Davis, who faced Brady many times while playing for the Jets, says Brady’s preparation makes him one of the most difficult players to go up against. “One thing about Tom is his preparation is just second to none, the attention to detail, the knowing different formations, knowing different tendencies, knowing how to get his offense in the right play at the right time, knowing how to stay poised. It’s no accident he’s one of the best to ever do it. And you can tell that goes from his preparation, how he takes care of himself. How he stays poised under pressure. Just being able to see the game and having so much experience in the game, you’re not going to really surprise him with too much stuff.”
New Orleans is scheduled to kick off against Tampa Bay Sunday at 3:25 p.m. on FOX.