New Orleans Saints Pro-Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan isn’t worried about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the perceived favorites in the NFC South.

Jordan spoke with NFL Network’s Jane Slater and LaDanian Tomilson this week and he had a strong message for the Bucs.

The former California Bears standout essentially told NFL Network that it doesn’t matter which quarterback is under center for the Saints — they have Tampa Bay’s number.

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New Orleans is actually 4-1 against the Buccaneers since Tom Brady signed with Tampa.

The Saints’ one loss, however, came in the 2020 playoffs (the Bucs would go on to win the Super Bowl in Brady’s first season with the franchise).

I’ll agree with Jordan that New Orleans seems to have Brady and Tampa’s number. But I’m also pretty sure they’d trade those four regular season wins against the Buccaneers for a playoff win. After all, what do those wins matter if you don’t win games in January and February?

Still, it’s clear that the Saints aren’t scared of the Bucs. And they don’t care that the national media seems to be crowning Tampa as the NFC South division champions before the season even begins. That’s just added motivation for Jordan and New Orleans.

Of course, it should be noted that poking Brady could be an unwise decision. We’ve already seen a Brady this offseason that doesn’t necessarily seem motivated. Could Jordan’s comments end up being the motivation that Brady needs this season?

It’s certainly possible. Brady has that same Michael Jordan-like quality in him where disrespect makes him play at a higher level.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a fun year in the NFC South this season. New Orleans is eager to show the rest of the league that they’re ready to compete for a championship this season. And Brady likely wants to go out on top. It could get wild down south on the NFC side of things.

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