With former New York Jets cornerback Darelle Revis traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it instantly gives the Bucs one of the best secondaries in the NFL. Revis is arguably the best cornerback in the league and has given many teams plenty of headaches in the past.
The trade also directly affects the New Orleans Saints as they are in the same division as the Bucs. The Saints will play the Bucs twice next season and were expected to win both games. Last season, the Saints swept the season series with the Bucs and they will definitely need to do well in their division this season if they hope to get back to the playoffs.
Last season, the Bucs ranked dead last in pass defense right behind the Saints, but with Revis joining Dashon Goldson this season, their defensive ranking should rise up significantly.
The Saints have one of the best passing offenses in the NFL, so Drew Brees should still be able to attack the Bucs’ secondary. However, with Revis and Goldson in the secondary, Brees cannot afford to have any interceptions, and the games against the Bucs could be much more difficult than last season.
The Saints are looking to get back to the playoffs and to do that, they cannot afford too many divisional losses. The Atlanta Falcons figured to be the Saints’ biggest competition for the top spot in the NFC South, but with an improved Bucs defense, it could turn into a three-horse race.