The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an opportunity to win the division for the third straight year this Sunday. All that’s standing in their was is the division rival New Orleans Saints who are not just out to play spoiler - they’re still fighting for their playoff lives.
With both teams dialed in and trying to get to the postseason, the Saints will have to do so without Michael Thomas and Marshon Lattimore - meaning this season was a forgettable one in the Lattimore vs Mike Evans feud. The Bucs are riding a four game win streak, looking to make it five as they stay hot heading towards the postseason.
The Bucs won in New Orleans earlier this season 26-9 with Baker Mayfield throwing three touchdowns and the Bucs’ defense keeping Derek Carr from hitting 100 passing yards until the fourth quarter. This time, the Bucs get to play at home and are looking to put themselves in position to go 5-1 in the NFC South for the first time since 2007.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Buccaneers are 2.5-point favorites against the Saints.
Point Spread: Bucs -2.5
Moneyline: Buccaneers -135, Saints +114
With a win, the Bucs lock themselves in at the fourth seed and will host whichever NFC East team - the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles - doesn’t win the division. With the way they’ve performed the last two week, if they keep it up, there isn’t an opening round matchup the Bucs can’t win.