The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to make it two in a row next Sunday when the division-rival New Orleans Saints come to town. The Buccaneers, who spent six weeks away from Raymond James Stadium on an unprecedented 20,400-mile road swing, will be playing a second straight home game after a triumphant return in Week 10.
Tampa Bay's 30-27 homecoming win over the Arizona Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak and improved the Bucs' record to 3-6, which keeps the team on the fringe of the NFC playoff race. Next week they'll get another crack at a division foe as the Saints, in first in the NFC South with a 7-2 record, visit Tampa for a rematch of their 31-24 win in Week Five. New Orleans is coming off a surprise 26-9 loss at home to the last-place Atlanta Falcons.
This time around, the Buccaneers will square off against old foe Drew Brees, who was out with a thumb injury the last time the two teams squared off. New Orleans also just got star running back Alvin Kamara back in the lineup, which makes the team's nine-point, 310-yard no-touchdown output against Atlanta particularly surprising.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are hoping to build on a game in which they finally made the necessary fourth-quarter plays to secure a victory in a close game. After narrow losses at Tennessee and Seattle, in both of which they had a fourth-quarter lead, the Bucs rallied to take down Arizona thanks to an interception by rookie cornerback Jamel Dean and an ensuing 92-yard, game-winning touchdown drive.
The Buccaneers will play consecutive home games for the first time in 2019. After their long road trip, which included jaunts to London, Los Angeles and Seattle, the Bucs will play five of eight games at Raymond James Stadium in the season's second half.