It might be the deciding factor in the NFC South race.
In the first game of the year, the Saints played the Buccaneers and won. This was the first time the Saints played together this year without the preseason. It was also the first time the reinvented Buccaneers team suited up together.
Right now, the Buccaneers sit at the top of the NFC South with a 6-2 record. The Saints are in the No. 2 position with a 5-2 record, having already had their bye. Outside of them, the Carolina Panthers are 3-5 and in the last place, the Atlanta Falcons are 2-6.
The team that wins the division secures a guaranteed spot in the playoffs — something New Orleans could use. With the expanded playoffs, they’ll likely be in regardless as they have a few easy wins remaining on their schedule.
This game might just be Week 9 on their schedule, and New Orleans has a pretty tough road to end the season including the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. However, this game might just be the most important remaining on their schedule.