Two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will be on the field on Sunday Night Football in Week 9.
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers (6-2) will host Drew Brees and the Saints (5-2) in an NFC South rivalry game. Brees prevailed against Brady in Week 1 when New Orleans won 34-23. However, Tampa Bay has won six of its last seven and is currently at the top of the division standings in the half game.
Not only are Brady and Brees head-to-head fighting for division leadership, they're also battling for the NFL's previous touchdown record. Brady is ahead at 561, one ahead of Brees, but the two have seen all season. It should be noted that Brees, 41, played fewer than Brady, 43, in 11 games.
Of course, the quarterbacks won't be the only ones having a say in the game. Holy recipient Michael Thomas will play for seven weeks for the first time since the first week game against the Buccaneers following an ankle injury, a reported practice fight and a thigh problem. He should bring a welcome balance to the New Orleans offensive, which relies heavily on running back Alvin Kamara and the short passing game.
As for the Buccaneers, broad receiver Antonio Brown will make his debut. Many have questioned the signing as Brown has disrupted locker rooms in the past, but SN's Vinnie Iyer believes Tampa Bay is better placed to thrive with Brown. Brown will join the other guns of the Bucs, such as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette.
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Buccaneers vs. Saints score
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10:58 p.m. – FIELD TARGET, BUCCANEERS. Tampa Bay finally comes into play with a 48-yard field goal from Ryan Succop. Saints lead 38-3 with 5:52 to play.
10:49 pm – TOUCHDOWN, HOLY. Brees throws his fourth TD of the night, this one to Josh Hill for a 3 yard score. New Orleans leads 38-0, 9:07 remaining.
10:38 p.m. – END OF 3Q: Saint 31, privateer 0. New Orleans has it, third and fourth on its 36-yard line, to start the fourth quarter.
10:34 p.m. – Interception. Brady throws it in fourth place and Malcom Jenkins comes down with it. This is the third time he's been picked up tonight. The Saints take over on their 30-yard line, 57 seconds in the third quarter.
10:23 pm – – The saints sting for the first time tonight. Tampa Bay takes over at its 18-yard line, leaving 4:46 in the third quarter.
10:14 p.m. – TURNOVER ON DOWNS. New Orleans get the goal line when Brady's pass to Mike Evans in fourth is interrupted by Marhson Lattimore. The Saints take over on their 1-yard line 9:32 in the third quarter.
10:10 p.m. – FUMBLE. Shaquil Barrett hits the ball when Brees throws it into the field and it is classified as a fumble. Mike Edwards recovers and returns it to the New Orleans 21-yard line.
9:51 p.m. – HALF: Saint 31, privateer 0. Brees kneels to finish the half. It will be a long way back for Brady, New Orleans will get the ball to start the second half.
9:48 p.m. – Interception. Just a bad throw from Brady as he sails down the right sideline and Marcus Williams comes down with the easy choice. The Saints have it at their 15-yard line with 57 seconds remaining in the first half.
9:45 p.m. – FIELD TARGET, SAINTS. Cook drops a potential first, forcing New Orleans to settle for a 36-yard field goal from Will Lutz. The Saints lead 31-0 and 1:49 in the first half.
9:42 p.m. – 2-minute warning. Got it, Third and Seven on the 18-yard line from Tampa Bay.
9:36 p.m. – TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Bucs goes down in fourth and Brady is crashing Rob Gronkowski, who was grazing towards the end zone. New Orleans takes on the missed chance for Tampa Bay and takes over 4:57 in the half at the 38 yard line.
9:26 pm – TOUCHDOWN, SAINTS. Alvin Kamara hits it from a meter away. The saints keep rolling.
9:22 p.m. – Interception. Things keep getting worse for Brady when David Onyemata picks him up from the top. The Saints take over at the 27-yard line from Tampa Bay, 11:05 am in the first half.
9:20 pm – TOUCHDOWN, HOLY. Brees meets Emmanuel Sanders on an outroute for a 12-yard TD. This is the 11th different recipient that Brees has connected with tonight. New Orleans leads 21-0 and 11:44 in the second quarter.
9:13 p.m. – three and off. Drink. Four rides, so far 12 games for Tampa Bay. Not exactly a formula for success. New Orleans gets the ball back at the 50 yard line at 2:07 p.m. in the second quarter.
9:04 p.m. – END OF 1Q: Saint 14, privateer 0. Brees threads the needle and hits Adam Trautman for a 7 yard TD as time runs out at the end of the first quarter.
8:59 pm – – Well, another threesome for Tampa Bay. The Saints put it back in a great field position at the Bucs 35-yard line, 2:38 in the first quarter.
8:55 p.m. – FUMBLE. Brees completes it to Jared Cook, who struggles for extra mileage, but coughs it up. Tampa Bay is bouncing off its 2-yard line, 3:36 in the first quarter.
8:39 pm – – Another threesome for Tampa Bay. New Orleans got the ball back on its 34-yard line with 7:44 in the first quarter.
8:30 p.m. – TOUCHDOWN, HOLY. Drew Brees finds Tre & # 39; Quan Smith wide open in the far corner of the end zone for a 14 yard TD. New Orleans leads 7-0 and 9:34 in the first quarter.
8:26 pm – – Tampa Bay goes three and a half and New Orleans takes over on its 35-yard line, leaving 2:06 p.m. in the first quarter.
8:23 pm – – The Saints win the throw and the reprieve, so Tom Brady will lead the buccaneers out for the opening ride.
(Updates begin at 8:20 p.m. ET)
Buccaneers against Holy Start Time
All Sunday Night Football games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 pm. ET. There are Sunday night games for every week of the season except week 17, although the NFL has the option of including a game in an "SNF" week 17 window.
"Sunday Night Football" schedule 2020
|week 1||September 10th (Thursday)||Kansas City Chiefs versus Houston Texans|
|13.september||Los Angeles Rams versus Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||September 20th||Seattle Seahawks versus New England Patriots|
|Week 3||September 27th||New Orleans Saints versus Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||4th of October||San Francisco 49ers versus Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||October 11th||Seattle Seahawks versus Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||October 18||San Francisco 49ers versus Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||October 25||Seattle Seahawks versus Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||November 1st||Philadelphia Eagles versus Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||November 8th||Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||15th of November||New England Patriots versus Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||22nd of November||Las Vegas Raiders versus Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||November 29th||Green Bay Packers versus Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||6th of December||Kansas City Chiefs versus Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||13th December||Buffalo Bills versus Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||20th of December||Dallas Cowboys versus San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||December 27th||Green Bay Packers versus Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||January 3rd||TBD|