Rested and hopefully rejuvenated, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into Week 12 with a two-game winning streak after defeating the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and NFC West-leading (on the time) Seattle Seahawks.
At 5-5, the Bucs could be a third-place team in most NFL divisions.
Within the NFC South, Tampa Bay is the highest dog and searching to place some space between them and the remaining of the group this weekend.
All the division is off for Thanksgiving, but all 4 teams are in motion on Sunday with the Latest Orleans Saints playing the newest contest, visiting the San Francisco 49ers (-9.5) at 4:25 P.M. eastern time.
Obviously, the Buccaneers would profit from a 49ers win there, but additionally hope to see a Washington Commanders (-4.5) win over the Atlanta Falcons, and hope to see the Denver Broncos (-2.5) ride toward victory against the Carolina Panthers.
If all of those things occur, and the Bucs (-3.5) handle their very own business visiting the Cleveland Browns then the division lead will swell to 2 games with six left to play.
Meanwhile, the race for the highest seed within the NFC may feel a bit out of reach, but when the Green Bay Packers can upset the Philadelphia Eagles (-7) Sunday night, then things get a bit more interesting.
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Thanksgiving is not completely devoid of football that may interest Tampa Bay though, because if the Latest England Patriots can defeat the Minnesota Vikings (-2.5), then the gap between the fourth-seed and second also shrinks.
That is the time of 12 months Buccaneers fans start cheering for other teams as their goals begin to align and the enemy of their enemy becomes their friend.
For Week 11, those friends are the 49ers, Commanders, and Broncos.
Those that need to keep the highest seed within the NFC hopes alive also need to ensure they’re cheering on the Packers and Patriots.
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