Report: Tom Brady, Bucs to Play Drew Brees, Saints Week 1 of 2020 NFL Season

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 7, 2020

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady signals to a teammate before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Tom Brady's first regular-season game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will reportedly be against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.  

Per Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.football, the Saints will host Brady's Buccaneers in Week 1 on Sept. 13 at 4:25 p.m. ET. 

Brady's decision to sign with the Buccaneers was the biggest move of the offseason. He had spent the previous 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, leading the franchise to six Super Bowl titles in nine appearances. 

Aside from his four-game suspension at the start of 2016, this will be the first time since 2001 that Brady isn't New England's quarterback in Week 1. 

The Bucs are counting on Brady to take them to the next level coming off a 7-9 record last season when Jameis Winston was their quarterback. 

Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season in 2019. His seven interceptions returned for a touchdown also set a new league record. 

Brady has only thrown 29 interceptions over the past four seasons combined. His ability to protect the football could help a Tampa Bay offense that added Rob Gronkowski at tight end and brings back wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. 

A potential Week 1 matchup against the Saints will be a good litmus test for the Bucs. New Orleans has been the class of the NFC South for the past three seasons and added Emmanuel Sanders and Malcolm Jenkins to a team that went 13-3 in 2019.