The Divisional Round game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints revolves around Tom Brady and Drew Brees, not only because of their seniority but because of the way they make their respective offenses work.
As representatives of the old guard of quarterbacks in the NFL, both stand firm as the starting point in the operation of their attacks, but the difference between both lies in the way they each handle their offenses. Brady, already adapted to the Bucs ‘offensive system, regained his menacing profile in deep air, while Brees walked the Saints’ attack with a more conservative system.
However, Brady’s deep passing efficiency suffered a notable decline on both occasions he faced the New Orleans defense in the regular season and on his side, although he does not venture to do so as often as past seasons, when Brees throws far, he has done it with efficiency in the current campaign.
After he handled offensives that relied on short passes in his later years with the New England Patriots, Brady’s threatening profile in deep passing re-emerged with Tampa Bay, to the extent of completing 14 percent of his shipments of 20 or more yards last season (second in the NFL).
However, in the two games against the New Orleans defense in 2020, Brady threw 10 passes of 20 or more yards, completed only two and suffered two interceptions without touchdowns, while the Saints defense pressured him at 25 for percent of his designed passing plays in Week 1 and 46.3 percent in those actions in Week 9, the two highest pressure games the Tampa Bay quarterback faced on the regular schedule.
For his part, and although the perception is that he left the threatening quarterback facet in the deep air game in the past (very recent), Brees tends to throw long passes occasionally and when he has, he has been efficient.
Including the Wild Card Round win over the Chicago Bears, Brees has completed 15 of 17 passes (88 percent) on long routes to the wings and although of those 15 hits connected to his receivers only one was for a touchdown, the other 14 They went to 1st and 10th.
While Brady will have to face the challenge of overcoming the Saints defense, which has become his kryptonite at the forefront of the Tampa Bay attack, Brees seems to have found a way to capitalize on his short passes with occasional, but effective long shots. .