Buccaneers have obvious opening on Monday Night Football

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A matchup with the Giants is a perfect way for the Buccaneers to prove that they are the best team in the NFC.

The Buccaneers didn’t play any games today, but much like their bye week, they were still able to win where it counts. Several key players could be on the field for the Bucs tomorrow night after key absences, but that still isn’t the biggest area where Tampa is winning.

After dropping two key games in a row, it looked like the chances of the Buccaneers winning the NFC were dead, but that is clearly no longer off the table. Tampa’s opponents are shooting themselves in the feet in what seems like easy games, and Tom Brady and company need to capitalize on this.

The Packers have lost two of their last three. The Saints can’t buy a win right now after losing Jameis Winston. The Cardinals look decent, but no Kyler Murray could spell problems down the stretch. The Rams lost after assembling a “super team.” And finally, the Cowboys looked lost against the Chiefs.

While the NFC is still far better than the AFC on paper, the parity in both conferences is refreshing, and anyone can win on any given day.

With this in mind, the Buccaneers need to show up tomorrow against the Giants and make a statement. Tampa has already proven that they can win or lose against anyone, but they need a win here to offset the last two losses and to stay in contention for the top spot.

The Giants are never an easy team for the Buccaneers, but a win here would at least alleviate some of the concerns about the playoff viability of this roster.

When looking at the schedule as a whole, the game tomorrow night is about as must-win as they come.

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