The New Orleans Saints are playing for plenty in Sunday's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay, a game that could give the Saints the NFC South title and a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara also have one last chance to make an impression on the Rookie of the Year voters.

Lattimore and Kamara, vying to become the first set of teammates to sweep the Rookie of the Year awards since Mel Farr and Lem Barney did it for Detroit in 1967, are right at the front of each race.

"It means a lot," Lattimore said. "It means we're contributing to our success. We've got 11 wins, we're trying to get 12 and we're trying to be a key, we're trying to come in and what they expect us to do, we're doing that. To see him balling on the other side, I love it."

Lattimore appears to be the clear front-runner for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

The only rookie named to the Pro Bowl as a defensive player, Lattimore leads rookies with five interceptions, including one in each of the past three games. He has 17 passes defended, one behind Buffalo's Tre'Davious White for the rookie lead.

Kamara faces a tougher field. As brilliant as he's been, Kamara is sharing time with a productive teammate in Mark Ingram, whereas Kansas City's Kareem Hunt and Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette are the lead dog in their offenses. 

"I think it's a pretty good class," Kamara said. "It's crazy to look around and see all the guys you came in with, and he's playing, he's playing, he's doing well, he's doing well. Everybody's getting a lot of buzz."

Hunt ranks third in the NFL with 1,747 yards from scrimmage and is closing strong. He ranks second in the NFL in rushing with 1,292 yards, and is in a three-way race with the Rams' Todd Gurley (1,305) and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell (1,291) for the NFL rushing title. 

The clear favorite early in the year, Hunt struggled midway through the season, but he's ripped off 116 yards, 155 yards and 91 yards in the past three games to help the Chiefs clinch the AFC West.

Kamara, who ranks eighth in the NFL with 1,426 yards from scrimmage (684 rushing yards, 742 receiving yards), will have to make up the gap in workload with his consistent production.

"On the offensive side, one player started off hot. ... AK, he's been doing it consistently every week," Lattimore said. "I'm just trying to follow up (what Kamara's doing) and be consistent every week."

Kamara may have one last opportunity to make an impression that Hunt doesn't get.

Kansas City has already clinched the AFC West, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid hinted he'll rest some of his key players to make sure they're ready to go for the playoffs. New Orleans, with the NFC South title on the line, obviously must play everybody against Tampa Bay.

Even so, Kamara isn't focused on what he can do to help his Rookie of the Year case.

"I don't really look at that," Kamara said. "I just play. I'm just trying to focus on what we've got to do to win. If that comes, it comes."

Whatever happens when the Rookie of the Year awards are announced at the NFL Honors show on Super Bowl eve, the Saints have clearly produced two players deserving of the award.

Kamara has won the Pepsi Rookie of the Week five times. Lattimore picked up his fourth after his performance against Atlanta last week. 

All of that brilliance has convinced the rest of the Saints locker room that their two young teammates should finish this season with hardware, no matter what else happens.

"I follow it, just because I follow the NFL, but I've followed it more this year because we have the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year here," Ingram said. "I think they've won Rookie of the Week like 10 times, so just that number itself justifies them being it."

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