Here's How the Buccaneers Can Clinch the NFC South Title in Week 17

Tyler Maher
Here's how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can clinch the NFC South title in Week 17.
Here's how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can clinch the NFC South title in Week 17. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

For all their struggles and drama this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still in the driver's seat in the NFC South. They're currently in first place by one game with a 7-8 record and have a chance to clinch their second straight division title this week.

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To win the NFC South this week, all Tampa Bay needs to do is beat the Carolina Panthers in Week 17. The Buccaneers don't need help from any other teams, so they control their own destiny.

That may be easier said than done, however, as the Panthers have turned things around after a brutal first half. They've won four of their last six games and only trail the Bucs by one game in the division, so they're fighting for a playoff spot as well. Carolina also demolished Tampa Bay during their previous meeting this year, winning 21-3 in Week 7.

Nothing has come easy for the Buccaneers this year, who have needed multiple fourth quarter comebacks just to get to this point. They barely survived the depleted Arizona Cardinals in Week 16 and now must face a scrappy division rival that's getting hot at the right time.

Not surprisingly, oddsmakers are projecting a close, low-scoring battle in Week 17. The Buccaneers are currently favored by 3 points at home on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds with the total set at 39.5 points.

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