Risk it for the biscuit
If the Buccaneers want to beat the Saints, their best chance comes from being themselves. Taking chances, going for it on fourth down, and stealing the momentum away from the Saints is the only way to make it to the NFC Championship.
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The Saints are a great team. On paper, they are likely the second-best team in the NFC and one of the best overall in the NFL. Their roster has remained unchanged for a shockingly-long period, they have one of the best head coaches in the league, and it feels like New Orleans has been going all-in on the playoffs for the last five years.
New Orleans is a tough draw for the Buccaneers in the second round, but this game is about making a statement. The Bucs signed Tom Brady, moved away from a first pick-overall quarterback, and hired a retired head coach to win games like this one, and a win against New Orleans justifies every decision the franchise has made in recent years.
Tampa Bay hasn’t reached this spot by playing it safe or being timid. In retrospect, Tom Brady was always the obvious choice for the Bucs to sign, but in the moment, a soon to be 43-year old quarterback in a new system on a new team is far from a certainty. That was the risk. Winning this game is the biscuit.
The Buccaneers have to play this game like they want to beat the Saints by a million. Every Bucs fan would love that. Nothing should be off-limits for the Bucs, but going for it on fourth down, continuing to throw with a lead, and keeping the foot on the gas for the whole game is the only way to win this game. We’ve all seen where playing it safe gets us.
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