Sunday night football will feature the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home, hosting the division rival New Orleans Saints.
The home-field advantage the amazing Tampa Bay fans are building will be needed. Division rivalry games against the Saints have not gone in the Bucs favor the last few seasons. New Orleans has lost four of the last five games they played in, but they are still a tough football team.
In the last game against the Saints, the Bucs did not establish the run game and lost the turnover battle. The Saints won the game despite their starting quarterback suffering a season-ending injury. These teams are different from the two teams in October.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Buffalo Bills in overtime last week. The Bucs left the door open for a scrappy Bills team to come back from a massive deficit. Tampa Bay can not allow that to happen against the rival Saints.
Credit is due to the Bills for that second-half effort. In OT the Bucs defense forced a quick three and out and put the game into Captain Brady’s hands. Brady’s pass to Breshad Perriman looked like a third-down conversion. Then Perriman turned on the afterburners and ran it in for a game-winning OT score!
Tampa Bay has a huge opportunity on Sunday Night Football to show the nation what this team is capable of. This is a chance for revenge for last season’s SNF beat-down loss to New Orleans, and a chance to split the 2021 season series. The nation can watch the Bucs number one defense go to work along with the most complete offensive passing attack in the NFL. I’m hoping to see the Bucs defense get relentless pressure on the Saints and force turnovers, punts. On offense, I’m hoping to see a balanced run, pass attack that keeps their foot on the gas for four quarters and puts up over 35 points.
The Bucs are not flying under the radar or being overlooked by the national media. Tampa Bay is currently the two seed in the NFC, and is receiving every team’s best shot. It comes with the territory being the defending Super Bowl Champions! Sunday night is a chance to show the nation why they are the defending champions of the NFL!
The game can be seen at 8:20 PM EST on NBC. Enjoy the game and go Bucs!