Few people had faith that the New Orleans Saints could walk into Raymond James Stadium and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15. Much to the dismay of the haters, the Saints did exactly that on Sunday, shutting out the defending Super Bowl champions, 9-0.
As a result of their victory, the 7-7 Saints' playoff odds are on the rise. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving New Orleans +118 odds to qualify for this year's postseason.
Saints Playoff Odds
While Sunday was the Saints' second time beating the Buccaneers this season, nobody could've foreseen a shutout happening. Overall, it was a great defensive performance by the Saints that included four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
New Orleans will need its offense to be better, though, if the team wants to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Saints have been held to 17 or fewer points in three of their last four games, with two of those instances ending in defeat.
Nevertheless, the Saints do have a favorable schedule to end the season. The Miami Dolphins (7-7) are the only .500 team they'll play, followed by the Carolina Panthers (5-9) and Atlanta Falcons (6-9) to close out the year.
Even if it's a long shot, the Saints' two victories over the Buccaneers this season mean they can still win the division if New Orleans wins out and Tampa Bay loses its remaining games.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Saints have +5000 odds to win the NFC South, while the Buccaneers' odds sit at -30000.
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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.