Keys to the Game: Buccaneers vs. Saints

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Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) changes the play at the line during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the final week of the regular season, and for the majority of the football world, their teams are finished after this week. For the Saints? We have no idea.

Welcome back to another edition of Keys to the Game!

As always, we start with some weekly power rankings for the Black & Gold:

  • ESPN: #6 (Previous Week: #5) -1
  • NFL.com: #7 (Previous Week: #6) -1
  • CBS Sports:  #7 (Previous Week: #6) -1
  • Fox Sports: #6 (Previous Week: #5) -1

As logic dictates, you can’t lose and expect to go up in the power rankings. The encouraging news is that the Saints didn’t fall far, as they played a formidable opponent in the Panthers last week.

This is a huge game for the Saints, as their fate will be decided quickly. They’ll finish as either the #2, #5, #6 seed, or just miss the playoffs completely. I’ll be honest with you, there’s not much to say, win and you’re in, do your job, and win or go home.

We’re up against those rival Bucs, who would love nothing more than to spoil the Saints 2013 season, and avenge their 41-0 shutout last year in the Superdome.

When: Sunday, December 29, 2013 @ 3:25PM CST

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)

Tailgate Weather: Mostly Sunny | HI: 61°, LO: 45°

Tickets: Saints tickets

Broadcast: FOX (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin)

Watch/ListenLocal Television (WVUE - Channel 8), Local Broadcast 105.3FM/AM870 (WWL Radio – Jim Henderson, Hokie Gajan, Kristian Garic)

Saints Uniforms: Black Jerseys with Black Pants, aka ‘The Blackout’

Record & Last Game: Saints (10-5); L @ Panthers 17-13 | Bucs (4-11); L @ Rams 23-13

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