SAINTS, 27-20


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Con­sen­sus line: Saints by 71⁄ 2 Pre­dic­tion: This game fea­tures two di­vi­sional foes go­ing in op­po­site di­rec­tions. The Saints hold a slim lead over Carolina and At­lanta in the NFC South and are rid­ing the high of a five-game win­ning streak, and the Buc­ca­neers have lost four in a row and stand dead last in the di­vi­sion. If the Bucs don’t turn it around soon, coach Dirk Koet­ter might be forced to sit his fran­chise quar­ter­back, Jameis Win­ston, and play out the sea­son with jour­ney­man Ryan Fitz­patrick un­der cen­ter. Not much has gone right for Tampa Bay, be­gin­ning with Hur­ri­cane Irma push­ing its sea­son opener against Mi­ami back to Week 11. Look for the Saints to win their sixth in a row.

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