The Saints are heading into their first rematch of the season this Sunday against NFC South divisional opponent Tampa Bay.
This Buccaneers team is certainly not the same team New Orleans defeated in week one.
When these two teams first met in New Orleans in September, quarterback Tom Brady was playing his first NFL game with a team other than the New England Patriots in 20 seasons.
Since then, Brady has helped lead Tampa to first in the NFC South and has the Bucs on a three game winning streak.
Tampa has also made a big addition to their roster recently: wide receiver Antonio Brown.
After paying his eight game suspension from the league for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, Brown has officially joined the Bucs ahead of Sunday’s match up against the Saints. Here’s what Brown had to say after his first full practice with the team. “Being away from the game a year and a half, just to see, just to be able to be part of the process. Yeah, being out there with the guys was surreal, something I won’t take for granted, something I have a great appreciation for, a better perspective about.”
Coming off an overtime win against the Bears, the Saints go into Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay sitting at second in the NFC South with a record of 5-2. This is what running back Alvin Kamara said about heading into a game that will determine which team will sit atop the division. “Just playing Tampa, just having the success that I’ve had over the years. It’s a division opponent. That’s the cliche thing to say. We see them twice a year, but you know it is what it is. I look to go into every game and try to excel and do what I have to do to put us in position to win.”
Bucs host the Saints Sunday at 7:20 p.m. on NBC.