Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees: How many times have the two QBs played each other?


Tonight, Tom Brady (43) and Drew Brees (41)–two of the oldest players in the NFL–will meet for the third time this season as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana (6:40 p.m. ET). Today’s game marks the eighth time that these two NFL All-Time Passing Touchdown Leaders are meeting in their careers.

In their first two matchups this season, it was Brees who got the best of Brady, leading the Saints to a 34-23 win over the Bucs in Week 1, and then a 38-3 victory in Week 9. See below for the list of all-time matchups between the two quarterbacks, including the time spent on their former teams (the Chargers and Patriots).

List of All-Time Matchups Between Drew Brees and Tom Brady

  • Sept 29, 2002 – Chargers 21-14 Patriots: A 23-year-old Drew Brees was making just the 4th start of his NFL career when he faced a 25-year-old Tom Brady for the first time. Brees went 10/18 with 104 yards and 1 TD in the win, while Brady threw for 353 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT. LaDainian Tomlinson stole the show with 217 rushing yards and 2 TD for the Chargers.
  • Oct 2, 2005 – Chargers 41-17 Patriots: Brees threw for 248 yards and 2 TD as the Chargers dominated the Patriots in Foxborough. Brady had 1 TD and 1 INT before being replaced by Matt Cassel in the 4th quarter with the game out of reach.
  • Nov 30, 2009 – Saints 38-17 Patriots: In their first meeting with Brees as a Saint, Brees threw for 371 yards and 5 TD (to five different receivers). Brady had 0 TD and 2 INT and was replaced by Brian Hoyer late in the game.
  • Oct 13, 2013 – Patriots 30-27 Saints: Tom Brady threw the game-winning TD to Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds remaining to lead a come-from-behind win for the Patriots. It was Brady’s only TD in his first career win over Brees, while Brees threw 2 TD and 1 INT, his only INT in six career meetings vs. Brady.
  • Sept 17, 2017 – Patriots 36-20 Saints: Brady threw for 447 yards and 3 TD in a convincing Patriots win. Brady threw all 3 TD in the first quarter, including a 53-yard strike to Rob Gronkowski, as New England jumped out to a 20-3 lead. Brees threw for 356 yards and 2 TD in the loss.
  • Sept 13, 2020 – Saints 34-23 Buccaneers: In Week 1 of this season, Brees and Brady met for the first time with Brady as a Buccaneer. Brady threw 2 TD and 2 INT, including a pick-6 in the 3rd quarter, while Brees threw for 160 yards and 2 TD in the win.
  • Nov 8, 2020 – Saints 38-3 Buccaneers: In Week 9 of this season, Brees completed 26-of-32 passes for 222 yards and 4 TD. Brady went 22-for-38 with 209 yards and 3 IN.

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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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