• NFL Game Tour 2023: New Orleans Saints Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 17

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    Why does NFL Week 17 New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game rank #15 on our list of the best 2023 NFL travel games? Keep reading to find out!


    Simply a great value game! NFL Week 17 is a weird time to travel when considering we are in the thick of the Holiday season. We are a full week past Christmas and this 1 PM EST matchup falls on New Year's Eve! Nonetheless, we can only play the cards that have been dealt. Avoiding the seventeenth week of the 2023 NFL season is simply not an option.

    When looking at the NFC South, somebody needs to win this division. Yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers no longer have Tom Brady but this was last year’s division winner. The New Orleans Saints have a stable QB in Derek Carr. Would it really be that big of a surprise to see the Saints at the top of this division looking to lock themselves into a playoff spot?

    This contest may not look sexy now but could very well be a must-watch as we dive deeper into the calendar year.

    New Orleans Saints Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - NFL Week 17

    Pros

    • Late season divisional rivalry game.
    • Potential for great weather. Hard to beat 67-degree Tampa Bay December temperatures.
    • New Year's Eve in Florida!
    • Average get-in-the-door ticket price of $25 per seat.
    • Opportunity to extend the summer in Florida.
    • Logging price under $200 per night.

    Cons

    • For NFL Week 17, it was hard to pass up Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys as well as Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs.
    • Many of us try to avoid unnecessary travel during the holiday season.
    • Saints Vs Buccaneers is a 1 PM game. Prime Time is always better than afternoon parties.
    • Good chance that one of these teams is simply looking to end their season as fast as possible.

    Overall Diamond Ranking (♦♦)

    The Big Guava Weekend Recommendations and Game Plan

    1. Two Game Day NO Vs TB game day tickets = $160
    2. Head over to your favorite travel sight and bypass the Hotel for this trip. On any of the major sites, we can see an ability to lock in a three-night stay at a Luxury condo in Sun Bay South. The building has a fitness center and outdoor pool. The place is about a 20-minute ride to Raymond James Stadium and we can get it for $145 per night.  The total cost will be about $670 when you factor in taxes and fees.
    3. For Saturday you are about a seven-minute drive away from Mackenzies Sports Tavern, 4015 S West Shore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611. It is going to be a long day so lock into this place early as it is a prime location to watch the Rays, Lighting, and Buccaneers games. This place will do when considering we will have the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, TransPerfect Music City Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl & Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl ($400)
    4. GameDay NFL Week 17 NO Saints Vs TB Buccaneers tailgating – take a look at this VIP Bucs Tailgate.  What the heck it is New Year's Eve so let’s splurge a bit! Also adding some budget to continue the party once inside the stadium ($440)
    5. Head on back to Mackenzies for the late afternoon NFL action and if you are still standing, Tampa has options for some Fireworks shows. In this line item we are throwing in costs to and from the stadium plus evening entertainment ($300)
    6. Looking to recover at the Condo spa on New Year's Day! A good day to walk around and stay local while taking in New Year's Day NCAAF Bowl action. Should you be looking to try another sports bar, try Ducky’s. This place even has a bowling alley!  (New Years Day Budget = $400)

    Total Estimated Cost ($290 + $750 + $300 + $250 + $275 + $300 = $1,930)

    Total Estimated Cost Per Person ($2,165 / 2 = $965)


    Thank you for reading my NO Vs TB #15 article. This is part of our "Best 2023 NFL Travel Games" piece! You can read more of my sports betting content on my IDP Guys Author page. After that, feel free to connect with me on Twitter @MarcSaulino and follow @IDPGuys to stay informed about everything NFL-relevant. 

    Marc Saulino

    I invented an alternative form of Fantasy Football called "StatementGames". Having fun writing about my experiences with trading sports cards, sports collectables & NFT’s in an effort to make up for Gambling losses.

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