History is on the New Orleans Saints side vs. Bucs
Come Sunday, the Saints are preparing to do something that’s tough: they’re going to try and beat Tom Brady’s Buccaneers for the 3rd time this season.
When Tom Brady first signed on with Tampa Bay this past summer, all eyes were truly on the matchup between the two famous quarterbacks. Drew Brees welcomed the very first video game of the season as the two taken on.
Not even the most seasoned Saints fan might have pictured the outcome of the groups’ 2 regular-season meetings, nevertheless. In week one, the team came out rolling on all cylinders, cruising to a simple 34-23 success.
In their second victory, the Bless You Boys appeared without a shred of grace, shellacking Tom’s Bucs on his Tampa Bay turf in lopsided style, 38-3.
Nobody’s expecting another blowout. But to win 3 times in a row, versus a group as overwhelming as Tampa Bay?
History informs us that’s not such a vibrant proposition.
As WhoDatDish’s Terry Kimble points out, beating a team 3 times in one season would not be some astonishing historical achievement.
In truth, it wouldn’t even be the first time the Saints have actually done so in current memory. On top of Mr. Kimble’s contribution, here are some extra stats that need to start the worried heart of the Saints’ diehard.
In fact, the last team to achieve a three-game sweep was the Saints. The 2017 season saw them beating Web cam Newton’s Panthers three times (recall the shenanigans of one Camera Jordan as a valuable refresher).
Mr. Kimble currently pointed out that in the last 50 years, there have actually been a total of 21 playoff matchups where a team was seeking to achieve a three-game sweep of its opponent. In those games, as he states in his above article, the sweep-seeking team is 14-7.
Now for some fresh, additional appealing data: of those 21 matchups, the sweep-seeking team has actually played with a house benefit 17 times, with a record of 12-5.
Furthermore, the last 25 years has seen an upward pattern favoring sweep-seekers. Such teams have actually fared 9-3 in their 3rd matchup.
Finally: of those previously mentioned 14 effective teams, six of them went on to play in the Super Bowl.
While each game matters, it goes without stating that this is a new video game with stakes greater than previous matches.
While it would be wise for Cam Jordan to avoid sending out any pregame presents, and for our young core to keep cool heads, the Saints’ have ample factor to enter Sunday’s home-field match with a structure of confidence.