The New Orleans Saints get a boost in the standings as the Bucs fall
By Bob Garcia
The loss the Bucs took against the Ravens helped the Saints’ possibilities to stay alive in the NFC South
If anyone has benefited from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ losing streak, it has been the New Orleans Saints. Both NFC South contenders are fighting for the top spot, but Tom Brady’s team has failed to capitalize on a win over the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday. The 27-22 result in front of a sold-out home crowd gave the New Orleans franchise a better chance at the division and that should have many on Americas Cardroom happy.
On Sunday, the Saints face the Las Vegas Raiders, and should a win result, they could have a better chance. For this, the Atlanta Falcons must give a poor performance against the Carolina Panthers (who shocked the Bucs last week). This combination of results would put the Black & Gold in a tough tie with Tampa Bay and Carolina for No. 1 in the division to start next month.
New Orleans must end its current losing streak and roll over the Raiders for their hopes to remain intact. There is a lot on the table, including the future of Dennis Allen as head coach.
The Saints have plenty of patience, but it’s still tough to give him much grace if he starts 2-6 after Allen spent the summer talking about how perfect his team was prepared to compete.
If that talk is going to dissipate, finding a much-needed win against Allen’s old team would be a solid way to go. Many are hoping that Jameis Winston is back on the sidelines so he can give the team some relief on offense.