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Rob Ryan's defense surrendered the game-winning score in the final minute last week at Carolina.
At first glance, the 4-11 Bucs visiting New Orleans to face the 10-5 Saints doesn’t seem like a good situation for Tampa Bay. The Superdome is widely recognized as one of the most intimidating venues in the league for a visiting team.
The Saints are struggling offensively, however, and they will also be feeling the pressure of trying to lock down a playoff spot.
The Bucs, on the other hand, have long been devoid of any playoff aspirations. They nearly upset New Orleans earlier this season, and with the way the Saints are sputtering, they’ll likely be confident that they can keep this game close as well.
The fact that Tampa Bay is a divisional rival could also come into play. Unlike many visitors to the raucous Superdome, most of the players on the Bucs' roster are somewhat accustomed to it, and they won’t be intimidated by the Saints’ normally advantageous home environment.
The prognostications discussed above are by no means safe bets, but it isn’t impossible that some of them will play out as predicted this Sunday. The Saints are quite capable of having a good day running and throwing the football, and there's nowhere to go but up for the offensive line.
In addition, it won’t be shocking to see Glennon and the Bucs offense keep the game close against a short-handed New Orleans secondary.
While Tampa Bay will be thrilled to play the role of spoiler, the Saints will undoubtedly be pulling out all the stops in order to secure a playoff berth in this highly important regular-season finale.