They say third time’s the charm, but how does that saying work if the first and second times were also the charm?
The New Orleans Saints are about to find out in their third meeting of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If anything, history is actually on the side of the Saints, who took down their NFC South rival week one 34-23 and then again in week nine 38-3.
Dating back to the 1970 NFL merger, the Saints are just the 22nd team with a chance to beat the same team three times in the same season and 14 of them have pulled off the three-peat.
The last team to complete the three-game sweep was the Saints against the Carolina Panthers in 2017.
But New Orleans can’t win with the past when it comes to six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady who’s been a crash course with Drew Brees and the Saints for a battle of the ages and the aged. Saints Defensive End Cameron Jordan said, “Once Tom Brady came up at the beginning of the year and blew on his conch shell and Gronkowski popped up and he assembled a dream team of every murk out of the NFL game, you talk about what they’re able to do, everybody had them poised to have a playoff run. The moment Tom Brady came on, you knew that Tampa would be lifted up to a playoff caliber team.”
Brees said, “When Tom Brady signed with the Bucs, and I knew that he was coming to our division, I envisioned this game. So, what was that, nine months ago? Eight months ago? I envisioned this game happening. Because I knew our aspirations as a team to be in the playoffs and beyond, and I certainly knew what he would bring to the Bucs.”
The Saints and the Bucs kick things off from the Mercedes Benz Superdome at 5:40 p.m. Sunday on WXXV on Fox.