Nov
07
2020

Bucs And Saints Highlight The Weekend Schedule

Four games on Sunday should grab the attention of any NFL fan.

Starting at 1 PM, the Seattle Seahawks travel cross country to Buffalo to take on a good Bills team. The Bills currently are atop the AFC East and will be looking to make a statement against the Seahawks.

This will be a good test for the Bills defense as they will need to slow down Russell Wilson, who is having an MVP caliber season.

If this game doesn’t get the football juices going, the Baltimore Ravens will try to get that losing taste out of their mouth as they travel to Indianapolis to take the Colts. The Colts are riding a two-game winning streak after wins against the Bengals and the Lions.

The Ravens will be trying to get their mojo back after committing four turnovers in a loss at home to the Steelers.

Another intriguing game in the late window is the Miami Dolphins at the Arizona Cardinals. This game will be a chance to get your eyes on two of the young quarterbacks in the league, with Kyler Murray of Arizona and Tua Tagavailoa of the Dolphins.

Tagavailoa struggled in his debut last week against the Rams completing 12/22 passes for 93 years and one touchdown.

The biggest game of the week will be in Tampa as the Buccaneers welcome the New Orleans Saints to Raymond James Stadium with first place on the line in the NFC South.

This game will be the Sunday Night game of the week. It will feature two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

This game also features the quarterbacks who are number one and two in career touchdown passes in NFL history. Brady has 561 touchdown passes, and Brees has 560.

This will be the second meeting of the season between these two teams. The Saints won the first game at the Superdome to kick off the NFL season 34-23.

The result was expected, as this was the first game with Tom Brady under center for the Buccaneers. Brady did not get a chance to work with his new teammates in an official capacity until training camp, as all OTA’s and mini-camps were canceled due to the COVID pandemic.

Brady was not sharp in that game throwing two touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Since then, Brady has led the Buccaneers to a 5-1 record with 18 touchdown passes and two interceptions.

This will be a different Bucs team that the Saints will see on Sunday night.

Not only has Brady and the Bucs playing at a high level, but the defense has also been playing much better since week 1.

This game will also showcase the Buccaneer debut of wide receiver Antonio Brown who was signed last week.

The Bucs received some a bit of good news on the injury front Friday as coach Bruce Arians said that he expected wide receiver Chris Godwin to play on Sunday night.

Godwin is recuperating-from surgery on his thumb. Godwin injured the thumb catching a touchdown pass in the Raiders game. Godwin was expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The Bucs offensive line, which has been healthy all year, could be missing guard Ali Marpet. That will be a huge blow to their offensive line as Marpet has been playing at a Pro Bowl level.

Marpet is in concussion protocol.

The Saints got some good news as well on the injury front. Wide receiver Michael Thomas practiced this week in a limited capacity and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Alvin Kamara was a full participant at practice and is expected to play.

The Saints will be missing defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins as he was placed on IR in addition to defensive back Justin Hardee.

This should be a huge rating winner for NBC. Monday’s game featuring the Buccaneers against the New York Giants was the most-watched Monday night game in five years.

Should the Buccaneers win, they will have a 1.5-game lead in the division. If the Saints win, they will have a half-game lead in the division and also have a two-game head-to-head tiebreaker as they will have won both games against the Bucs.

The winner of this game will have the upper hand on winning the division.