If The Season Ended Today …

October 12th, 2015


Has anyone checked the NFC standings this morning?

Could it be?

No. The Bucs aren’t a playoff team. However, if the season ended today, a two-win team would seize the final NFC Wild Card spot. That’s how wide open the NFC is. Seven NFC teams are 2-3 like the Buccaneers, and the Vikings, who had a bye Sunday, are 2-2.

A critical tiebreaker for a Wild Card berth is conference record. Among all those seven teams, only the Bucs and Vikings have one conference loss. The rest have two (Cowboys, Redskins, Rams and Seahawks) or three (Eagles, Bears).

Dare to dream, Bucs fans.

19 Responses to “If The Season Ended Today …”

  1. Wombat Says:

    Dude, gets some rest…. ever heard of quality rather than quantity? Unless you get paid per story, then walk away from the computer…..

  2. Clodhopper Says:

    HAHA Thats like Raheem when we were 4-2. “Best team in the NFC, yeah I said it” Right before abruptly falling off a cliff.

  3. FR Says:

    LOL that’s a true fan, believe in the impossible. They played a bad team that almost beat them and they still keep making the same mistakes. I think we have real talent but we need better scouts some of these player should not be on the team (Jennins). Somebody in Tampa is making some bad player decisions McCown is doing very in Cleveland.

  4. Larry Says:

    I rather enjoy these quick little snippets that no one else thought about. Maybe Wombat needs to spend more time watching The View for the quality he’s seeking.

  5. Mort Says:

    The fans of this team are freakin’ bi-polar like no other fan base I’ve ever seen. This is just nuts.

  6. Billy Buc N Brazil Says:

    Wombat dude we are here for hope and love of the bucs! This is why Joe posts this type of article. You do realize that 31 other teams will not secure the ultimate trophy this year?

  7. bucs55 Says:

    Good win to go into the bye week to get ready for the redskins

  8. Tom Edrington Says:

    Stop it, stop it, stop it right now…..

    OBW, the bye week takes away the HUGE MOMENTUM the Bucs have gathered after dominating one of the two worst teams in the NFL……

    Can we get six more games against the Jags this season?

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    Lovie’s hot seat is in the shop for repairs. It will be fixed in two weeks.

  10. DefenseRules Says:

    Bucfan37 … Lovie’s savior is Dirk Koetter. Without him, all of the personnel mistakes made by L&L on the offensive side of the ball to this point would’ve been catastrophic. As long as Dirk stays, Lovie’s job is safe I think, because the offense will keep improving. Dirk’s learned by this point what he can expect from Jameis and is in the ‘let’s simplify mode’ it looks like.

    Special teams look pretty solid now that we’ve got our real kicker back, and Lovie has settled on Bobby Rainey as his return man.

    Defense concerns me more than anything. We had a lot of sacks yesterday (6), an INT and fumble recovery for a TD … all of which is great … but Bortles lit them up like a Christmas tree. Way too much time to pass on most dropbacks. Not sure any longer what’s happening to our pass coverage. On some plays it looks like the LBs aren’t covering well enough, on others it’s the CBs and Safeties. Same plays kept working over and over. That’s pretty sad.

  11. passthebuc Says:

    ever hear of the chance triplets?

  12. Rachelwatson'sthong Says:

    Agree 100% DefenseRlues. I’m just glad to just get a freakin win. (@home)

  13. TheShaz Says:

    I will believe when the Bucs can continue to win the games they are supposed to.

    Bucs O-Line – Very Good
    Doug – Outstanding
    Simms – Eye opening
    Raney – Every kick is a possibility to change the game
    WR’s – Our ENTS forgot how to catch
    Jameis – Not bad kid…..keep learning and improving

    D-Line – good pressure
    LB’s – some missed tackles, but good on the blitz
    Secondary – We be hurting here – good thing BYE WEEK is here, let guys heal


  14. NewTampaChris Says:

    If your defense gives up 31 points to the toothless Jags, you are not going to be very successful.

  15. bucrightoff Says:

    It would be a 3-2 team is Lovie picked the right kicker to begin with. Alas his talent evaluation skills are abysmal. After all unless we franchise him, we’re likely to lose Doug Martin because they didn’t pick up his option next year.

  16. feelthepewterpower Says:

    And Washington and Atlanta are coming-up…”big” games!

  17. bucsbedabest Says:

    What matters is the team now has hope. What they really need is a CB.

  18. FortMyersDave Says:

    Beat the Redskins in DC and get to 0.500. To quote Jim Mora “Playoffs???????”

  19. cmurda Says:

    Thanks to the win against the hapless Jags, Lovie’s job is safe …… for now. Have you seen the rest of our schedule? It’s brutal. We could easily end up winning only 1 or 2 more games if this team continues at this pace. Our defense is a sieve and while the defense stepped up to make the plays that won us the game against the Jags, it doesn’t change the fact that teams have had no problem moving the ball against this team. The recipe is so incredibly simple. Throw it short over the middle and it will be positive plays. That’s how Mariota carved us up and that’s what let the Aints back in the game. It’s also why Bortles had a career day against us. This is a major problem. Lovie won’t be able to hide behind Dirk’s ever-improving offense if this defense can’t stop anybody. The D Line has gotten some sacks but the pressure is still scarce. The hope is that Banks and Verner etc can be fully healthy out of the bye because Jennings and Jenkins ain’t gonna cut the mustard. Jenkins had a decent game but there were plays that the Jags missed against him when he was burned. No confidence in our secondary minus Banks and Verner. Kwon is the real deal and Lavonte had a strong comeback game. LB’s have gotten better and should be just fine but that D Line is an issue. This defense is and will always be predicated on constant pressure from the D Line. The LB’s are asked to cover so frequently that you can only expect them to hang with the receivers for a few seconds. I’m still in celebration mode but this team has a long way to go before we can smile and look towards next year with potential.