Buccaneers: Analyzing potential changes in the point spread

Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; A view of an official Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet on the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; A view of an official Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet on the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 24, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

Week Seventeen New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Bucs

Vegas Spread: N/A

Week 17 is excluded by Las Vegas because of high variance caused by potential playoff seeding, QBs sitting out, etc. With that being said I will still make a projection based on my season predictions. I feel the Saints will be better but the Bucs will be the most improved team in the division.

With the Saints likely out of the playoff race and the Bucs right on the playoff cusp they will have more to play for. Barring a lot of players playing above their heads in the Bayou, this will be another lost year for Sean Payton and the Saints. With more on the line and home field advantage the Bucs should be favored.

My Spread: Bucs (-4.0)

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Currently I make the Bucs favorites in nine games, four games better than Vegas’ five. With some other games being toss ups the Bucs could win 10 or 11 games this year. The Bucs are entering the tenth season of their playoff drought and it has a good chance of ending this year. Do you agree with my predictions? Sound off on Twitter or Facebook.