Even though the Buccaneers didn't play on Sunday, it was still a glorious day for fans in Tampa Bay.
At the top of the list of things that broke the Bucs way was the New Orleans Saints blowing a 17-point lead to the Green Bay Packers. The Saints were dominating all afternoon but folded lie a cheap poker table in less than a quarter, ultimately losing on a missed field goal and losing the team's first game of the year.
It was a gift for the Bucs, who have a tough matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night but now don't have the pressure of needing to win. The loss by New Orleans means that at best the two teams will have 2-1 records when they meet up next weekend.
Not only was the blown lead by New Orleans hilarious to watch, but it also sucked a ton of wind out the Saints sails. Coming into Sunday there was reason to be nervous about how stout the defense had been playing, but allowing 18 points in a single quarter should make the Bucs feels way better about the prospect of going up against a defense that has historically had their number.
Of course, the utterly embarrassing way the Saints burped up all over themselves on Sunday could set up a get-back game against the Bucs. There isn't a better way for New Orleans to bounce back than punching a heated rival in the mouth, but right now the Bucs have all of the momentum and they haven't even played a single minute of ball in Week 3.
Buccaneers fans dunked on the Saints after 17-point blown lead
New Orleans was leading 17-0 with 11 minutes left in the game, and still managed to lose. That's how quickly the Saints unraveled, and to make matters worse the collapse happened against a Packers team missing most of its key starters.
Christian Watson, Aaron Jones, and Jaire Alexander were all out, as were David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins also missed the game, and the Packers were down so bad to pregame injuries that Royce Newman started and played meaningful minutes.
None of that, nor the fact that they were spotted 17 points, was enough for the Saints to win,
Needless to say, Bucs fans relaxing at home had a field day watching the Saints meltdown in Green Bay.
One key thing that happened in the game that could have a ripple effect is the loss of Derek Carr. As hilarious as the Saints meltdown was, a lot of it started when the team lost Carr in the second quarter and Jameis Winston stepped into replace him.
This set a few things up, not the least of which is another Bucs-Saints game where Jameis gets the start. Carr was brought in to help the Saints win the sorts of games they lost on Sunday, and to play in games like they have next week against the Bucs. Not having him drastically changes the dynamics, and opens up a path for Tampa Bay to steal a game against a rival that is always hard to pin down.
We'll get to that later in the week, but for now let's just bask in the hilarity of teh Saints meltdown.