The new era of Tampa Bay football with Tom Brady at the helm got off to a losing start in New Orleans as mistakes and a pair of uncharacteristic turnovers led to an opening day loss.  Brady thrww two touchdowns and ran for one more but despite the defense holding Drew Brees to a much lower-than-usual passing total, the Saints had enough big plays to give them the victory. 
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Jones 17-66, Brady 3-9, Miller 1-6, Fournette 5-5. SAINTS:  Murray 15-48, Kamara 12-16, Hill 3-13, Harris 1-9, Brees 2-0, Montgomery 1-(-4). PASSING BUCS:  Brady 36-23-239-2-2. SAINTS:  Brees 30-18-160-0-2, Hill 1-1-38-0-0. RECEIVING BUCS:  Godwin 6-79, Miller 5-73, Howard 4-36, Jones 2-16, Gronkowski 2-11, Fournette 1-14, Watson 1-6, Evans 1-2, McCoy 1-2. SAINTS: Cook 5-80, Kamara 5-51, Thomas 3-17, Sanders 3-15, Harris 1-17, Hill 1-14, Smith 1-4. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. SAINTS: Jenkins 1-36, Williams 1-17. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Edwards 1-0. SAINTS: none. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Mickens 1-0. SAINTS:  Harris 4-59. SACKS BUCS: Pierre-Paul 1-9. SAINTS: Davis 1-8, Hendrickson 1-5, Granderson 1-2.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23  New Orleans Saints 34 Sunday 13 September 2020      at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
SCORING TB 7:27-1Q Brady 2 run (Succop kick) NO 11:39-2Q Kamara 12 pass from Brees (Lutz kick) NO 10:09-2Q Kamara 6 run (Lutz kick) NO 0:44-2Q Lutz FG29 NO 13:13-3Q Jenkins 36 interception return (Lutz kick) TB 12:20-3Q Howard 9 pass from Brady (Succop kick) TB 2:22-3Q Succop FG38 NO 11:38-4Q Sanders 5 pass from Brees (Lutz kick) NO 8:01-4Q Lutz FG21 TB 2:41-4Q Evans 2 pass from Brady (pass failed)
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 76 Smith DE 93 Suh LG 74 Marpet DT 50 Vea C 66 Jensen DE 92 Gholston RG 65 Cappa LOLB 90 Pierre-Paul RT 78 Wirfs LILB 45 White TE 87 Gronkowski RILB 54 David WR 10 Miller ROLB 58 Barrett WR 13 Evans LCB 24 Davis WR 14 Godwin RCB 23 Murphy-Bunting QB 12 Brady SS 31 Winfield RB 27 Jones FS 33 Whitehead PLAYED 3 Succop, 8 Pinion, 17 Watson, 25 McCoy, 26 Adams, 28 Fournette, 29 Smith, 32 Edwards, 35 Dean, 48 Cichy, 51 Minter, 56 Nunez- Roches, 57 Bell, 79 O’Connor, 80 Howard, 82 Auclair, 84 Brate, 85 Mickens, 97 Triner, 98 Nelson DID NOT PLAY 11 Gabbert, 30 Vaughn, 37 Wilkins, 62 Shipley, 72 Wells, 73 Haeg INACTIVES 4 Griffin, 15 Grayson, 18 Johnson, 39 Motley, 49 Gill, 64 Stinnie, 94 Davis
COMMENTARY CREW Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the big plays Tom Brady’s first drive as a Buccaneer ended with his first touchdown on an audible sneak His first Tampa Bay touchdown pass was to OJ Howard in the third quarter He then hit Mike Evans late on for what was nothing more than a consolation score