Todd Bowles: Bucs-Saints series isn’t a rivalry if only one team wins

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Although the Buccaneers managed to beat the Saints in the divisional round of the 2020 playoffs, Tampa Bay remains 0-4 in the regular season against the Saints during Tom Brady‘s time with the team. As a result, Bucs coach Todd Bowles currently isn’t viewing the twice-per-year series as a rivalry.

“Yeah, I think throughout the whole building, [we feel] it’s our time to give them one — to give it back to them,” tackle Tristan Wirfs told reporters on Wednesday. “Coach [Todd] Bowles said today, ‘It’s not a rivalry unless there’s some give-and-take.’ We definitely want to come out and put our best foot forward. I think that’s what it’s been — one game could be us shooting ourselves in the foot, penalties — next game, we get the penalties under control but then give the ball to them and turn it over. It’s [about] honing everything in, having good fundamentals and technique, good attitude, good effort and going out there and playing a tough game.”

The Saints have won the last six regular-season games against the Bucs, dating back to the first year with Bruce Arians serving as head coach and Todd Bowles working as defensive coordinator. None has been very close; the margins are 17, seven, 35, 11, nine, and nine.

Last year, the Saints shut out the Bucs on a Sunday night with coach Sean Payton unavailable due to a COVID diagnosis. That game surely helped justify the decision to make defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who handled that game with Payton out, the permanent replacement.

10 responses to “Todd Bowles: Bucs-Saints series isn’t a rivalry if only one team wins

  1. Tom Brady also destroyed one Microsoft Surface in frustration. Hope the Saints keep this series as a non-rivalry again after Sunday.

  2. Combined divisional record for the Saints from 2019-2021 is 15-3. Only one team has dominated a division like this.

  3. Combined divisional record for the Saints from 2019-2021 is 15-3. Only one team has dominated a division like this.
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    It is impressive but the Pats with Brady were 32-3 against the Bills.

  4. If losing repeatedly to one team means it isnt a rivalry, someone alert the Jets, Bills and Dolphins fans who spent 20 years thinking they were in a “rivalry” with the Patriots… At least the fish won about 1 out of 3 during that time.

  5. It would be different if they were even in any of the four games. The second game both years they got owned.

    Hands down the worse old Tommy has ever looked. If not for a garbage field goal after the game was out of reach both would be shutouts.

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