RDS and RDS.ca will present the matchup between the Buccaneers and the Saints starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) return to New Orleans (1-0) on Sunday in a game that will see one of the two rivals take an early lead in the NFC standings South.
It will be an opportunity for quarterback Jameis Winston to face his former team again, having missed the Saints’ last nine games in 2021 after being injured by former teammate Devin White.
“I’m just grateful to have this new chance,” Winston said. I’m here, healthy, and ready to hit the ground running. »
Tampa kicked off its third campaign with seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady betting on a 127-yard rushing performance from Leonard Fournette en route to a 19-3 win over Dallas (0-1).
In contrast, the Saints needed to score 17 points in the last 12 minutes of their duel against the Atlanta Falcons to narrowly win, 27-26.
Winston therefore finds himself for a second time facing the team that selected him 1st overall in 2015, before releasing him in 2020 when Brady chose to come to Florida after two decades in New England.
“It’s just another lineup,” Winston said. I have a lot of respect for many of this guy, former teammates. But it’s an intra-division game, against the best, Tom Brady. At the same time, it’s not him that I’m really facing. It’s more Devin White, Lavonte David, Antoine Winfield, Vita Vea and Shaq Barrett. »
Although the legendary No. 12 won the Super Bowl in his first year with the Bucs and made the playoffs the next, Tampa went 0-4 in the regular season against the Saints in 2020 and 2021.
“What stands out the most (of these losses) are the turnovers, analyzed Brady. They form a physical club, they have been robust with us. And they are very well directed. »
First-year head coach Dennis Allen was the Saints’ defensive coordinator in three of those wins over Tampa, in addition to serving as interim coach last December — Sean Payton had to take time off due to a a positive test for COVID-19 – when New Orleans won 9-0 over its rivals.
Receiver Mike Evans, with a calf injury, and running back Leonard Fournette, with a thigh injury, should be able to play after being presented as doubts on the Buccaneers side.
The Bucs don’t yet know if receiver Julio Jones, troubled by a knee injury, will be in uniform. A decision will be made after the warm-up session. However, it is already certain that receiver Chris Godwin will be absent, he who is nursing a thigh injury.
Bengals and Cowboys, two clubs looking for each other (4 p.m., RDS)
On the one hand, Joe Burrow wishes to forget his most recent departure while for the Dallas Cowboys, it is a question of writing their history without the presence of Dak Prescott behind the center.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback suffered five turnovers, including four interceptions, in his first week of action against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Burrow had still put his team in position to win late in the game, but a blocked one-point conversion forced overtime. Evan McPherson also missed a field goal in overtime.
At the Cowboys, the game was one-sided for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and they lost the services of Prescott with a right thumb injury. Cooper Rush will therefore be at quarterback for Dallas.
He will look to build on last season when he threw a touchdown pass to Amari Cooper in Week 8 and the Cowboys won 20-16 over the Minnesota Vikings. Will he experience such a positive outcome in front of the Bengals this afternoon?
In the case of Prescott, the latter could return to the game earlier than the six weeks planned at the announcement of his injury, but everything will depend on the rehabilitation.
Green Bay will quickly want to turn the page (8 p.m., RDS)
It’s the redemption-seeking Green Bay Packers who will host the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field as they play prime time for a 17th consecutive season.
Historically, the Packers and Bears have met 203 times, which is the longest streak between two teams in the NFL.
Winners of their last six meetings against the Bears, Matt LaFleur’s men will look to turn the page on a 23-7 loss at the hands of another team from the North Division of the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings.
For their part, the Bears will aim to cause an upset after defeating the San Francisco 49ers on a completely soggy field during the first week of activities.
Matt Ebeflus thus became the fifth coach in Bears history to savor victory on his debut, after George Halas (1920), Neil Armstrong (1978), Dick Jauron (1999) and Marc Trestman (2013).
Green Bay can prepare for this intra-division duel by remembering that the team has won six games in a row against Chicago. In its stadium, it is a 12-2 record that the Wisconsin club presents against these same Bears, with a point difference of nearly 200 points (406-215).