Two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will take 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 got the better of Brady in Week 1 as New Orleans won 34-23. Tampa Bay has won six of its last seven, though, and currently holds a half-game lead in the division standings.
Not only are Brady and Brees going head-to-head for the division lead, but they’re also battling for the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown record. Brady has the edge with 561, one ahead of Brees, but the two have been see-sawing all season. It should be noted that Brees, 41, has played in 11 fewer games than Brady, 43.
Of course, the quarterbacks won’t be the only ones who’ll have a say in the game. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will play for the first time since the Week 1 game against the Buccaneers after an ankle injury, a reported fight in practice and a hamstring issue kept him out for seven weeks. He should bring welcome balance to the New Orleans offense, which has leaned heavily on running back Alvin Kamara and the short passing game.
As for the Buccaneers, wide receiver Antonio Brown is set to make his debut. Many have questioned the signing as Brown has a history of disrupting locker rooms, but SN’s Vinnie Iyer believes Tampa Bay is better set up to succeed with Brown. Brown will join the Bucs’ other weapons, such as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette.
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9:20 p..m — TOUCHDOWN, SAINTS. Brees hits Emmanuel Sanders on an out route for a 12-yard TD. That’s the 11th different receiver Brees has connected with tonight. New Orleans leads 21-0 with 11:44 left in the second quarter.
9:13 p.m. — Three-and-out. Drink. Four drives, 12 plays so far for Tampa Bay. Not exactly a winning formula. New Orleans gets the ball back at the 50-yard line, 14:07 left in the second quarter.
9:04 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Saints 14, Buccaneers 0. Brees threads the needle and hits Adam Trautman for a 7-yard TD as time expires at the end of the first quarter.
8:59 p.m. — Well, another three-and-out for Tampa Bay. Saints get it back in great field position at the Bucs’ 35-yard line, 2:38 left in the first quarter.
8:55 p.m. — FUMBLE. Brees completes it to Jared Cook, who fights for extra yardage but coughs it up in the process. Tampa Bay recovers at its 2-yard line, 3:36 left in the first quarter.
8:39 p.m. — Another three-and-out for Tampa Bay. New Orleans gets the ball back at its 34-yard line with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter.
8:30 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, SAINTS. Drew Brees finds Tre’Quan Smith wide open in the back corner of the end zone for a 14-yard TD. New Orleans leads 7-0 with 9:34 left in the first quarter.
8:26 p.m. — Tampa Bay goes three-and-out and New Orleans takes over at its 35-yard line, 14:06 left in the first quarter.
8:23 p.m. — Saints win the toss and defer, so Tom Brady will lead the Buccaneers out for the opening drive.
(Updates begin at 8:20 p.m. ET)
Buccaneers vs. Saints start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|