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    Saints' Cam Jordan on quiet stadium: 'It felt like we were at a Tampa Bay game'
    Luke Easterling
    12 seconds ago

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped their season opener to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, falling to their NFC South rivals 34-23 in front of, well, nobody.

    All of the seats were empty at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (except for a handful of practice squad players from each team), and while there was fake crowd noise provided through the speakers, it certainly wasn’t what players and coaches are used to hearing while playing a game in New Orleans.

    Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, who has shown a penchant for taunting the Bucs in the past, said the quiet stadium reminded him of a normal road game at Raymond James Stadium (via The Athletic’s Katherine Terrell):

    Katherine Terrell
    @Kat_Terrell
    Cam Jordan on the weirdness of no fans in the Superdome: "It felt like we were at a Tampa Bay game."
    8:48 PM · Sep 13, 2020·Twitter Web App
    The Bucs had the chance to draft Jordan back in 2011, and it sure seems like he will never let them forget it.

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    Your offseason's a month shorter than most since you've been playing all the way into early February. And once the new season begins, there's a bull's-eye on your chest, because 31 other teams want to get where you've been.

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    The player who has rescued the Saints' running game is unheralded Chris Ivory, an undrafted rookie from Tiffin (Ohio) University. When it was mentioned during a conference call that not many people had heard of Ivory, Brees quipped: "I hadn't heard of him either."

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