Number Three: Rivalry Game
In recent seasons, some could argue that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been the Saints’ biggest rivals in the NFC South rather than the Atlanta Falcons due to the fact that both teams simply don’t like each other and both teams are very competitive.
If the playoff and MVP implications weren’t enough to convince you how big of a game this is, maybe the fact that the purity of a rivalry game will be. Not only is this a battle between two of the top teams in the NFC, but it is also two teams filled with guys who opposite fan bases can’t stand.
The Buccaneers basically bought their entire roster this offseason, which always rubs teams who developed the right way the wrong way. The Buccaneers added some of the NFL’s most disliked players as well including Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, and Ndamukong Suh.
The Saints have some figures that Buccaneers fans can’t stand as well including 2019 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Michael Thomas, cornerback Marshon Lattimore who always locks down Mike Evans, and Alvin Kamara for no reason other than the fact that they can’t stop him out of the backfield for the Saints.
This game on Sunday night will likely be heated, and the fact that it will be nationally televised will put added emphasis on the up and coming rivalry between these two teams.