Buccaneers' Defense Gets Huge Boost Ahead of Monday's Clash With Saints

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Buccaneers' defense gets a huge boost ahead of Monday's clash with the Saints.
The Buccaneers' defense gets a huge boost ahead of Monday's clash with the Saints. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to distance themselves from the rest of the NFC South win a win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. The two sides clash in Week 13's Monday Night Football game of the week.

Fortunately, Tampa Bay's defense is getting a major boost to the defensive line ahead of this clash.

Although both are listed as questionable on the injury report, Aikem Hicks and Vita "are expected" to play, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Both players missed at least one practice and were limited participants during the lead-up to tonight's rivalry matchup.

Hicks has struggled with injuries throughout the year, missing Weeks 3-7 with a foot ailment. Vea also has a foot issue, but played 61% of the defensive snaps in Week 12 despite another "questionable" status.

New Orleans ranks just 22nd in rushing yards per game.

For now, the Buccaneers are considered 3-point home favorites per NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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