Number One: Playoff Implications
There is no doubt in my mind that this inner-division matchup will have major playoff implications surrounding it as the season comes to a close. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently sit at 6-2 atop the NFC South with the New Orleans Saints trailing just behind them at 5-2 with their bye week already behind them.
The Saints have had a difficult schedule so far this season but they do play a rather easy patch of games coming up after this one. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will have some serious tests coming up including the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angles Rams, and Carolina Panthers.
The Saints only have to play one more team considered to be a serious threat which is the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20th.
If the Saints can knock off the Buccaneers for the second time this season and the two teams finish the regular season with the same record, the Saints will get the crown for the NFC South due to a two-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
All Saints fans know how important it is for the Saints to clinch as many home games as possible for the playoffs and this game will have a lot hanging in the balance as far as that’s concerned.