The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost three games in a row and need a win to remain in the playoff picture in the NFC. They'll take on their division rival New Orleans Saints on the road, who will try to earn the season sweep over Tampa Bay.
New Orleans, at 5-8 after a 52-27 loss to the New York Giants last week, will likely not make the postseason. They did, however, defeat the Buccaneers in Week 7, 35-28, and could severely put a dent in Tampa Bay's own playoff chances. With 298.1 passing yards per game, the Saints, led by quarterback Drew Brees and his league-leading 32 touchdown passes, still remain a threat to win any week.
The Buccaneers, on the other hand, have faced two tough opponents over the last three weeks in the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, but last Sunday's 23-21 loss at home to the Philadelphia Eagles could prove costly down the line. At 6-7 overall, Tampa Bay currently sits at 11th, behind four other teams currently not in the playoffs. It would appear that, in order for a shot at the postseason, Tampa Bay can't afford many more losses.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m. ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana.
The game will be televised on Fox.
New Orleans: FOX WVUE.
Tampa Bay: FOX WTVT.
Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required).
NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA.
Buccaneers: WFUS 103.5 / WDAE 620 AM.
Saints: WWL 870 AM / 105.3 FM.