Saints harass Brady, shutout Buccaneers

The New Orleans defense again caused problems for Tom Brady, shutting out the powerful Tampa Bay offense and the Saints delayed the Buccaneers’ division title celebration plans with a 9-0 win over the reigning Super champions on Sunday. Bowl.

Despite playing without head coach Sean Payton on the bench, the Saints (7-7) beat the Bucs (10-4) for the seventh consecutive time in the regular season and fourth since Brady arrived in Tampa Bay from New England in 2020.

The win gave New Orleans the series win over the NFC South rivals and improved the Saints’ position in the postseason landscape. It also forced Tampa Bay to wait at least another week to secure its first division title since 2007.

The Bucs, who won a playoff game in New Orleans last January to head for the Super Bowl, have a three-game lead at the top of the division with three games remaining on the regular schedule.

With defensive coordinator Dennis Allen taking over from Payton, who was absent after testing positive for COVID-19, the Saints overwhelmed the NFL’s best passing offense and most productive offense in the league, ending the streak of Brady of 255 consecutive starts without being shut out.

Brady leads the NFL in completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns, but he finished just 26-of-48 for 213 yards and an interception, his eighth in four regular-season games against the Saints, who did not lose. a single ball on Sunday night.

Taysom Hill, meanwhile, completed 13 of 27 attempts for 154 yards with no interceptions for New Orleans, for whom Brett Maher connected with field goals of 39, 35 and 42 yards.

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Saints harass Brady, shutout Buccaneers