Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ranking their five primetime games

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Week 15 vs. New Orleans Saints (Sunday Night)

The Eagles may be the most hated team amongst Bucs fans outside the NFC South, but the New Orleans Saints are the most hated team within the NFC South, and probably in the NFL. That alone makes this Sunday Night Football tilt a hotly anticipated one.

The other thing to consider is when it’s being played. Hopefully, the Bucs are in a good spot when it comes to the division race, but week 15 is right at the heart of the playoff push, even with the extra week.

Even with Drew Brees deciding to hang up the cleats, the (assuming) Jameis Winston-lead Saints should be the biggest threat to the Buccaneers in the division. Remember, he did get LASIK. Of course, it could also be Taysom Hill. That Sean Payton has always been a wild card.

Speaking of a wild card, the Saints very well can be pushing for a spot in the playoffs, and the Bucs can be pushing for that sole bye week and home-field advantage by the time this game kicks off. Seeding could be huge here.

When you factor all of that together, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more anticipated primetime game on the 2021 schedule. The thing is, the Buccaneers just so happen to be playing on the opening night of the season…