The 13-4 New Orleans Saints come into this game winners of 12 of their last 14 games. The Saints have faced the Buccaneers twice already this year and won both games, including a 38-3 thrashing in Tampa Bay. The Saints have also won their last 5 games against the Buccaneers. The Saints are a deep, talented team that should be a favorite, along with the Green Bay Packers, to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. They are a top 5 team in points scored and points allowed, and a top 7 team in offensive turnovers and defensive turnovers. This Saints team can beat you running the ball or passing the ball, and they rarely beat themselves.
The 12-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the season with a flourish, winning their last four games after losing three out of the prior four. The Buccaneers, led by Old Man Brady, have dominated on offense lately, averaging 38+ points per game over their last four games. With perhaps the NFL’s best cast of skill players, an offensive line that gives Brady all kinds of time to throw, and the NFL’s #6 ranked defense, the Buccaneers may be primed for a Super Bowl run. The only fly in the ointment might be Brady himself, who has looked decidedly pedestrian every time he has faced a good team this season. Against the six playoff teams the Buccaneers faced in the regular season this year (Rams, Saints twice, Bears, Packers and Chiefs), Brady threw nine interceptions and the Buccaneers went 1-5. With a 1-5 record against playoff teams and a two game sweep by the Saints this year, the Buccaneers face an uphill battle to get the job done today.
It’s the Saints and the Buccaneers in the finale of the best weekend of the NFL season. Enjoy the game everybody.