The game that may draw the most interest in Week 1 will be the national late-afternoon game between the Buccaneers and the Saints, featuring a quarterback duel between sure-fire Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
No team had a more prolific offseason than Tampa Bay, releasing quarterback Jameis Winston (who, ironically, then signed with the Saints) and then shocking the NFL by landing Tom Brady in free agency. Brady has two top-caliber wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, plus he's reunited with tight end Rob Gronkowski, who ended his one-year retirement to come back and play with Brady. Many believe the Bucs also landed the top offensive line prospect in April's NFL Draft, as they took Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs with the No. 13-overall pick.
The Saints won the NFC South at 13-3 last season but were upset by Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs. Brees is returning for what possibly may be his final season. Malcolm Jenkins will begin his second stint with the team at safety on a four-year deal, and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders comes in to give Brees another weapon opposite Michael Thomas, who led the NFL in receiving yards (and was over 300 yards ahead of second place Julio Jones).
The Saints swept the season series between the clubs in 2019, winning 31-24 in the Superdome (with Teddy Bridgewater playing in place of an injured Brees) and 34-17 in Tampa later in the season. The Bucs were 5-9-2 against the spread last season but did cover in five of eight road games. Tampa Bay also went over the over/under total in 12 of their 16 games. The Saints were 11-6 ATS overall but only 4-5 at home.