Bruce Arians Highlights Surprise Saints X-Factor Ahead of Divisional Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is keeping an eye on a surprise New Orleans Saints X-factor ahead of their playoff game,
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is keeping an eye on a surprise New Orleans Saints X-factor ahead of their playoff game, | Will Vragovic/Getty Images

The NFC Divisional Round will feature a matchup between two NFC South rivals in the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With these two teams being so familiar with one another, any wrinkle in the gameplan is crucial to getting an edge in a win-or-go-home playoff game.

That being said, a possible X-factor is emerging for the Saints, and that scares Bucs head coach Bruce Arians.

New Orleans wideout Deonte Harris is the player that Arians has his eyes on after the receiver's impressive showing against the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card round.

After registering just 20 catches in nine games for the Saints during the regular season, Harris emerged as Drew Brees' top option against the Bears, with the wideout grabbing 7 receptions for 83 yards in the win.

“He’s really, really fast and when he was in there, it’s a different ballgame. Mike is a bruiser and a chain-mover, but Deonte Harris can go to the house quick.”

Bruce Arians

Harris led the Saints in both receptions and yards, and his breakout performance officially has him on Arians' radar, with the Bucs head coach saying he's possibly scarier than even Michael Thomas.

Tampa Bay's top-five defense will look to shut down New Orleans' weapons on Sunday. The Saints enter that game as a 3-point favorite, according to FanDuel Sportbook's NFL betting odds.

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