Even with the current NFC South division the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves in, every remaining divisional game is crucial for the Buccaneers.
There really isn’t any way to sugarcoat it. The NFC south stinks on ice. It literally reeks to high heaven. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fortunate enough to be in this division and currently sit ugly in first place. Granted, the Buccaneers accomplishing this comes with a record of 5-6, but such is life in the current landscape of this division.
That all being said, each game within the division is of the utmost importance going forward for the Buccaneers.
Divisional games are always important, but now that is amplified for the Bucs. Let’s look at some facts here. Heading into the season, many thought that the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons were essentially tanking. They also believed that the New Orleans Saints might be frisky, but with the limitations at quarterback, they had a very defined ceiling. The fact that the Philadelphia Eagles own their first-round pick is also hilarious but also adds to the ineptitude of this division. Despite this, the Buccaneers have already lost to the Panthers, and it basically took a bogus roughing the passer call to get past the Falcons. They do currently hold a win over the Saints though, so there is that.
Speaking of those Saints, they just so happen to be rolling into Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers’ opponent in week 13 on Monday Night Football. Games with the Saints are always weird for the Bucs, especially with that defense they got over there in New Orleans. The Buccaneers cannot take any division game lightly, as it will take every win possible to get out of this putrid division.
Regardless of what happens outside of the division, if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can take care of business in the NFC South, then they will be hosting a playoff game in the 2022–23 NFL playoffs, as hysterical of a concept as that may be. Focus on the division, then go from there. Besides, the future of Tom Brady very well could depend on it.