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How can the Bucs clinch the NFC South in Week 17?

We discuss the scenarios that could see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinching the NFC South in Week 17.

Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Raymond James Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

The NFC South has seen some ugly football for much of the 2023 season, but as the schedule winds down, the division might avoid a sub-.500 champ. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won four straight games to improve to 8-7 and take over first place in the division.

The Bucs close out the season at home against the Saints and on the road against the Panthers and can clinch the division title in either week without any help.

Sunday results: The Bucs lost an ugly one to the Saints. Tampa can clinch the division with a win in Week 18.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers playoff clinching scenarios - Week 17

  • TB win
  • TB tie + ATL loss

The Bucs are hosting the Saints as a three-point favorite while the Falcons are a three-point underdog against the Bears at DraftKings Sportsbook.

If Tampa loses to the Saints this week, they would be tied for first. If the Falcons also win, there would be a three-way tie for first. The Saints would knock the Falcons out thanks to their season sweep. Then, the Saints and Bucs would be decided by no better than the common games tiebreaker.