My name is Ray Route and welcome to Sports Caster News.
Sunday Night Football pregame show.
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So tonight I'm gonna be looking at these Sunday Night Football game where the five and to New Orleans Saints will be visiting the six and to Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And this could be the final time that we see Drew Brees vs Tom Brady as 20 G s in the NFL square off for the final time.
How's everybody's day today? I hope you had a great day watching football.
I know that with the Patriots not playing, I was able to spend the entire day watching Red Zone and got to watch some spectacular ball today.
Let's go through the finals that we already have.
The New York football Giants beat the Washington football team 23 to 20 Alex Smith with five turnovers on the day the Tennessee Titans were able to topple the Chicago Bears, 24 to 17.
The Minnesota Vikings and Delvin Delvin coaches went all over the Detroit Lions, winning 35 to 20 the Kansas City Chiefs had a bit of a scare.
At home is Teddy Bridgewater.
Christian McCaffrey and the rest of the Carolina Panthers put up a fight, but a 68 yard field goal attempt fell short for Carolina.
Kansas City won that game, 33 to 31 Houston and Jacksonville in the divisional game where the entire world was taking Houston, they would have been right, but they only won 27 to 25.
Is Jacksonville really put up a fight? The game that the sports Caster news crew were really hoping to watch today was the Baltimore Ravens vs Indianapolis Colts.
Unfortunately for the Colts, they came out flat in the second half of Baltimore was able to secure a 24 to 10 victory this morning.
The Buffalo Bills defeated.
Are this morning? Well, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Seattle Seahawks 30 44 to 34.
This morning, I was on Lee, one of the four person panel to believe Buffalo could win, and we even got a little chime in from Adam, who is the fifth member of the SportsCastr news football team.
And I'm telling you right now, I'm gonna live high on this one with all the bad takes I've had this year.
The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos, 34 to 27 currently coming down the stretch in the red zone, The L A Chargers have the ball With six seconds left, they're trailing the Las Vegas Raiders, 31 to 26.
With seven minutes and 11 seconds left, the Dallas Cowboys are defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 1918.
Ben Roethlisberger left that game with an injury, and Miami in Arizona with seven minutes and 43 seconds left, are tied 31 to 31.
So we'll keep you updated.
Is that game Those games go on and change.
But right now, we're gonna look at this Sunday Night Football match up against the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Um, this was a game that obviously, I think a lot of people had circled off from their calendars.
Game one and two, Tampa burst.
The Tampa Bay fell to New Orleans week one of the season, but I thought this always thought that this one was gonna be the more telling game, because this is when everybody has an opportunity.
Thio well, really started feeling each other out.
And I'm telling you, this Tampa Bay team is playing very, very well right now.
Tampa Bay has the ninth best passing offense in the NFL, the 23rd best rushing defense or the 17th overall offense, fourth in points per game in 16th on third down possessions.
That's going up against a a pretty up and down New Orleans Saints defense.
And I don't think that the I don't think that Tampa Bay is gonna have an easy time running the football today.
The New Orleans Saints have the third best rushing defense in the NFL, only given up an average of 90.
6 yards per game.
Tampa Bay's got to 23rd there, put up about 102.6.
I think they're gonna have a difficult time trying to move the ball on Tampa Bay.
They gotta beat them in the air.
Luckily for the Tampa Bay Black nears, they're in the top 10, their ninth in the league in the air, and New Orleans is sending about 17th.
On the flip side, Drew Brees is offenses 10th in the NFL with 395.
9 yards per game, their eighth and passing 13th and rushing and seventh in points per game.
So on paper, I mean, really, you would say, Oh, wow, like it just looks like New Orleans has the advantage.
But what we've seen is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers really coming along the last few weeks, and it's kind of coming right into what we predicted.
We predicted that we predicted that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would probably start slow.
Historically, Tom Brady starts slow.
He also was brand new to this offense.
No preseason, no riel training camp.
Yeah, they got together a little bit, but really, to put that game plan into order, you got have time together.
Now we're in Week nine.
So now we're in a situation where Tampa Bay can actually put things together, put some drives together, do that kind of thing.
So, um, it's gonna be a difficult game, and I'm sorry to say this, but Drew Brees, in my opinion, is becoming an old man.
Drew Brees is not the guy he once waas.
And not having Michael Thomas has been a a big issue for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer for the New Orleans Saints.
Thomas, I believe, will not be playing today.
I'm just going to see if I could find any of the inactive list.
But I believe I know he was still questionable going into this game.
And I mean that the offense going to run through Cal.
Calvin uh, Alvin Kamara.
I can't talk to that, guys.
I'm picking up a little bit of a cold and it's adjusting the old voice box.
A little bat, uh, picking up New Orleans Saints inactives right now.
Ken Crawley, Derek Kelly and Ty Montgomery inactive the New Orleans Saints, so it looks like Michael Thomas may actually be on the field tonight.
That completely changes a lot of things for the New Orleans Saints.
And, uh, yeah, Michael Thomas is back.
And according to Adam Schefter, he put out today that Randy Moss reached out to Michael Thomas is we can offer some advice of how to handle this season and how to come back strong in the second half.
Obvious advice that Michael Thomas is gonna have to adhere to ladies.
John, with one second left in the game, led Ali charges, still have the ball in the Reds on the Las Vegas still trailed 30 1 to 26.
We'll keep you updated as soon as you to score in that game.
Miami Arizona is still tied at 31 apiece with 6 43 left, and Dallas has the ball of 5 42 left, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 19 to 18.
Pittsburgh try to remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.
Uh, and I can't stop.
But think about the contrast between today's game and some of the interesting right now over Miami.
You've got Kyler Murray vs to attack a viola, and what we're probably watching is is the to the future of the NFL.
To his 18 for 24 220 yards, two touchdowns.
Kyler Murray is 20 for 24 248 yards, three touchdowns on the day.
And so you got the future playing at 4 25 and as soon as that game wraps up, we're gonna tune into the New Orleans Tampa Bay game where we're gonna watch the old guard.
Like I said at the top, this is probably the last time that Drew Brees and Tom Brady you're gonna play a game against each other.
More people are believing that this is Drew Brees is final season in the NFL.
Tom Brady probably gonna play one more year after this year, though, I'm still believing in Tampa Bay.
Does some while pull off a Super Bowl that this Tom Brady will retire? I think he'll want to go out to the champion.
And it's just amazing how we are in a situation now that we're in a situation that you're just watching an end of an era, almost.
You know, when I think of that era, I think of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees.
You know Philip Rivers is probably in there.
Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger.
Aaron Rodgers is just a little bit younger than the rest of them, but he kicks around on that.
Ben's got maybe one or two years left.
Brady's got one or two years left.
Breeze is probably done.
Rogers maybe has three years, four years left.
Russell Wilson is kind of that in between.
We talked about that this morning, and when it's all done and over with, we watched what I think a lot of people would argue is one of the best eras of quarterbacks.
And then when you think of Joe Burrow to, uh, Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson still in the league.
When you think about all of those guys, they're setting up for the next best era of quarterbacks and it makes you wonder.
Now, where are these guys gonna sit in in the allure? What's gonna be the next big battle is gonna be to, uh, versus Murray.
Is it gonna be Borough versus Mahomes? Is it gonna be Mahomes versus Jackson? A lot of people said that 12 of these new quarterbacks was Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson.
Is that still the case? I don't think so.
I think you gotta look at Kyler Murray.
I think you gotta look at Joe Burrow.
Where does Baker Mayfield fit into the to this frame of this generation of quarterbacks? I'm gonna tell people to enjoy tonight's game because, like I said, this is gonna be the probably the last time we get to see this, and I think that it's been a good run Now.
Brady obviously owns this matchup against Breeze.
He has for years and it'll be fun to watch night.
I also want to do come and say we have a final in L.
Las Vegas was, Did hold on to the victory.
They went 31 to 26.
Thank you. Everybody is here. Live on SportsCastr.
Yeah, just talking a little bit about this New Orleans Tampa Bay game.
It would be nice if I got some help.
We're going to see the return to the NFL by Antonio Brown Make his debut with Tampa Bay tonight.
It will be interesting to see how they use him if his connection is still there with Tom Brady.
Speaking of Antonio Brown is for maintain.
The Pittsburgh Steelers got the ball back with four minutes and eight seconds left against Dallas.
They trailed 19 to 18.
Two has got the ball in his hands, 31 31 against Arizona with 5 15 left in the game.
You know, so it's gonna be fun tonight, man.
It's gonna be a fun game to watch e.
I think it's a game that I've I've looked forward to.
Not that nothing super special, but I don't know.
You got to legendary quarterbacks sharing the field, and I think that that's what just make things right.
Let's talk about some players to watch, right? Antonio Brown? Obviously, Yeah, you know, while we got a legendary pairing of Tom Brady and Drew Brees, and it'll be a fun, fun match upto watching, they'll never be on the field.
At the same time Antonio Brown is gonna make his debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What type of player we're gonna see out of Antonio Brown? What type of you know what type of behavior is they're gonna have? Is all his off field issues behind him or are they still an issue? It's really interesting when you start thinking about this kind of stuff.
Michael Thomas comes back tonight.
Another guy has had some I don't know.
Let's call it attitude issues off the field.
Got bench for a game because of it.
Then he started with, uh, started with some injury issues and and it just, you know, it's been a disappointing season for Michael Thomas.
Oh, first of all, he's the reigning offensive player of the year.
You got a couple of passes Week one, and then he got sidelined with a high ankle sprain and everything would be back pretty early.
It took longer to heal up than everybody expected led to a frustrating benching.
He had a fight with a teammate and then he towards hams.
They had a hamstring hamstring strain.
When you got a guy who's accustomed to diva behavior, it's just gonna build upon stuff.
That's why Randy Boss went out to him, Ma said.
I think it's just important for Michael Thomas.
Understand that this is an organization built, their offense around you and all the numbers and all the records that he's breaking out there.
Where else could he go to break those numbers? Who else is going to be able to get a guy with that contract and bring him up to where they left off? And I think what Randy Moss was trying to get at is Michael Thomas is best with the New Orleans Saints.
I don't know what you guys think and you know Yeah, we're seeing more and more of this.
The NFL is changing.
I threw out a tweet today that said, Whatever happened to the five yard sack? You know, like to me, it feels like every sack is like a 10 to 13 yards.
Sackets guys trying to get out of the pocket Considering we talked about the new guard in the old Guard and the old guard kind of wrapping up a rivalry tonight for the last time.
And guys like Brees and Brady and Peyton Manning Eli Manning hanging out in the pocket.
Yeah, Ben Roethlisberger could move around a little bit, but I watched the game today.
I think it was the Buffalo game and they got Josh Al or they got Yeah, I think they got Josh Allen.
It was like like a 13 yard sack.
I think Russell Wilson got hit like a 17 yard sack.
I seen Teddy Bridgewater go down for a nine.
Patrick Mahomes, I think, went down for a 12.
The NFL is a changing beast back in the day, man.
Once it back And they I mean, what, 5, 10 years ago? If you've got an eight yard sack, that was massive, massive.
Now, if you only give up it, you are just like Okay, good.
We didn't get hurt too much, and I'm ready to embrace the new NFL.
I think there's things that we're gonna I'm gonna have to get used to the same way.
I think a lot of you are gonna have to get used to things.
I'm gonna have to get usedto just different priorities.
I'm gonna have to get used to different lots of stuff.
I mean, at the end of the day, it is what it is.
I was hoping it would be too close to call today, but unfortunately, it's not.
Tampa Bay seems to be rolling.
I think the Saints got a lot of problems that they need to figure out, and I'm gonna have to go with Tampa Bay, and I think they're gonna win it quite easily.
I don't think it's gonna I know they had a tough game against the Giants, but it was Monday Night football.
I've always said Tom Brady and Monday Night Football is not the best Tom Brady.
Look at his numbers.
He's had the occasional game here and there.
For the most part, Monday nights have not been have not fared well for Brady.
Black games behind us, I think.
Tampa Bay, under the lights on Sunday Night Football at home.
I picked this Siri's to split and splits gonna happen tonight.
I gotta go with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Our guys, I know that we usually go half on hour for the pregame show, but flying by myself, it's I'm running other things to say.
One of them got 2000 for coming in.
He said Matt Ryan is also part of that Eric quarterbacks to.
Yeah, I believe so too.
He was probably was a part of it.
You know, I probably would've thrown Tony Romo on that Mixes.
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