The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one more shot to save their season. Technically, they have about eleven more shots right now, but at 2-3, in a tough division, with a very tough future schedule, a loss today would be absolutely devastating.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills hope to stay in the playoff race—a perfectly reasonable goal given their dominant defense and 3-2 record. This could be the first time in years that this team makes the playoffs, something we expected to be saying about the Bucs before the season.
But fortunes change swiftly in the NFL. For the Bucs, a win could reinvigorate them, the fanbase, and their playoff chances. For the Bills, a loss could mean a severe setback. For both teams, today’s an important game.
Both teams at least have the health to grab a win, today: the Bucs get Jameis Winston and Kwon Alexander back, while the Bills see Jordan Matthews return. A few key players who could make the difference today.
They play at 1:00 p.m. ET in Orchard Park, New York in perfect football weather. We’ll see who can take advantage of those conditions. Here’s your open thread for today.