There’s no way around it, the New Orleans Saints absolutely dominated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter of “Sunday Night Football” in Week 9.
In the first quarter, New Orleans went up 14-0 over Tampa Bay, quickly extending that lead to 28-0 with more than eight minutes to go in the half. And the Buccaneers offense, meanwhile, could not get anything going. Literally.
Tampa Bay was forced to punt on four of their first five drives. The other was the first of three interceptions thrown by quarterback Tom Brady, which led to another New Orleans’ score.
It was a slow start of epic proportions for Brady. According to ESPN Stats & Info, of his 333 NFL starts, Sunday was the first time his team went 3-and-out on their first four drives.
According to the NBC broadcast, it was the biggest first-half deficit of his career.
Not great. We’ll see if the Bucs can turn things around.