It’s been a while since fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have watched their team play meaningful football in January. Outside of franchise altering losses, it’s been a while since they’ve seen their team play meaningful mid-December football, actually.
This all seems to be on a path towards changing following the Bucs’ Week 8 win gave Bruce Arians’ squad a six win first half heading into a Week 9 match-up against the New Orleans Saints with huge divisional and playoff implications.
At the moment, the Bucs’ odds of making the playoffs are sitting at -650, good for third-best in the NFC and just ahead of the Saints at -300. Suffice to say there’s a great chance that the South will be sending two teams to the playoffs; the only thing to be determined is in what order they’ll finish.
If only Raymond James Stadium could be packed full of Bucs Nation members, it would be an electric playoff atmosphere on Sunday Night Football for sure.
Alas, we’re in the days we are, and most fans of each team will be sitting at home or wherever you choose to take in your football viewing opportunities.
In case you don’t remember, the Saints came away with the win in the first contest between these two teams, winning 34-23. Since then however, the Buccaneers have won six of their next seven games and have scored 24 points or less just once in that stretch while holding each opponent under 32-points along the way.
Similarly, the Saints themselves have met their Week 1 point total just once (Week 4 against the Detroit Lions). The team that owns half of Tom Brady’s interceptions this season have also allowed 23 or more points in every game in 2020, but are winners of four straight after dropping two in a row following their win over Tampa Bay.
Thanks to wins over the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Giants the Buccaneers are in one of the best positions league-wide to make a post-season run.
They’ll now look to improve those odds even more with a Week 9 win over the New Orleans Saints.