The Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ 2022 season is going nowhere as planned, but the team remains atop the NFC South despite its underwhelming 5-6 record.

Things don’t look like they’re getting any easier any time soon, either. The Buccaneers are very, very injured (what else is new?) and are taking on the New Orleans Saints in Week 13.

That’s right. The same Saints that have made Tom Brady and co.’s life hell since 2020. Even when the Buccaneers actually beat the Saints – it’s not easy.

The absence of Tristan Wirfs and the very likely absences of Antoine Winfield Jr., Mike Edwards, and Sean Murphy-Bunting are going to make Monday night’s task even harder for the Buccaneers.

It’s a shock they’re 3.5-point favorites, to be honest.

Regardless, the Buccaneers received some much-needed cushion on Sunday thanks to the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ 19-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons, who were also 5-6 before their loss.

Obviously, the Falcons are now 5-7, which means the Buccaneers will remain in first place win or lose on Monday Night Football. The Buccaneers beat the Falcons back in Week 5 and the head-to-head tiebreaker is the first tiebreaker in play.

It’ll only be a half-game lead, but it’s still a lead. The Saints will sit at 5-8 if they win, which is obviously a worse record than the Buccaneers’ 5-7. If the Buccaneers lose, of course.

I think it’s safe to say Mike Tomlin and co. might receive a surprise in the form of some flowers or something on Monday.

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