Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul isn't satisfied with the Bucs' modest two-game win streak. He knows they have to win them all.
"We already know we're in our playoffs and I can't stress it more," Pierre-Paul said. "It's either win or go home."
At 5-7, the Bucs will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive Sunday against the Saints (10-2), who they beat 48-40 in the regular-season opener.
Since that game, New Orleans has won 10 in a row before losing to Dallas 13-10 on Nov. 29.
The Bucs defense has improved dramatically of late, recording four sacks in each of the past three games. They also have produced six interceptions in the past two games after only one INT since Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh.
Only the Saints (25 sacks) have more sacks than the Bucs over the past seven weeks. During that stretch, the Bucs are tied for fourth in third down defense, allowing a 33.3 conversion rate?
What's been the difference?
"I'd just say it all starts with practice," Pierre-Paul said. "Guys out there playing their hearts out. D-line playing together, the offense playing together, special teams. We clicked. And I think anytime a team clicks, it's a great thing and that's what we're doing right now."