Can they get it done this weekend? Furthermore, what will it take for Brady and the Buccaneers to secure a playoff spot or an NFC South title?
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers can secure a playoff spot in Week 15
With four teams having 10 wins, it is quite surprising that none of them have clinched playoff berths just yet. But that is how much parity is in the NFL this season.
The Buccaneers can snag a playoff spot with a couple of different scenarios — and one scenario in which they don’t even have to win the game against New Orleans.
If the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers lose this weekend, then Tampa Bay is guaranteed a playoff spot regardless of the outcome against the Saints.
However, the possibility of both the Vikings and 49ers losing seems unlikely. San Francisco plays in the Kyle Shanahan Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. The Vikings face the Chicago Bears in the second leg of the newly-announced Monday Night Football doubleheader. Quite simply, both teams should win those games.
Don’t worry. There is another scenario as well.
The Buccaneers can capture the NFC South victory if they get revenge against the New Orleans Saints
Ah, sweet, sweet revenge. Last time around, the Saints broke Brady’s heart despite him breaking yet another NFL record as New Orleans topped Tampa Bay.
This time around, a Buccaneers victory will crown Brady and company as the division champs and further cement their hopes of securing home-field advantage — something they missed out on last season.
However, Sean Payton won’t be available for this game after the New Orleans head coach tested positive for COVID-19.
Still, Brady and the Buccaneers must be ready against the Saints. Taysom Hill provides a different type of planning than any other quarterback in the league, and Alvin Kamara is still one of the best running backs in the NFL.
Nonetheless, a Tampa Bay victory over the Saints will lead to an NFC South title.
The rest of the schedule bodes well for Tampa Bay from here on out
Things are looking bright for Brady and the defending Super Bowl Champions. After the game against the Saints, the rest of the regular season looks like a breeze.
The Buccaneers close things out with the Carolina Panthers twice and the New York Jets in the easiest remaining schedule of all team’s in the NFL.
A victory over the Saints would not just secure an NFC South title, but it could also put them in the driver’s seat for the top mark in the NFC.
After having to play three road playoff games last season, that would be a massive change for Tampa Bay, and they don’t need any extra benefits heading into playoff time.
After all, they already have #12 under center.