The Miracle The Bucs Need

December 27th, 2016
Dire playoff hopes.

Dire playoff hopes.

You talk about a Hail Mary!

The NFL today released exactly what each playoff eligible team not yet in the playoffs needs in order for it to play in meaningful January games beyond Jan. 1.

For the Bucs, they’ll need beyond a Hail Mary.

Again, per the NFL, this is what must happen:

* Bucs beat Carolina.

* A New York Giants-Washington tie.

* Detroit beats Green Bay.

If that’s not enough for you, buckle your chinstrap. For the Bucs to get into the playoffs Tampa Bay needs to win the strength of schedule tiebreaker over the Packers. For this to happen the following must occur:

* Tennessee beats Houston.

* Indianapolis beats Jacksonville.

* Dallas beats Philadelphia.

* San Francisco beats Seattle.

You can see why Joe isn’t optimistic.

31 Responses to “The Miracle The Bucs Need”

  1. NJBucsFan Says:

    So there is a shot

  2. ElioT Says:

    Not going to happen.

    Beat the sh*t out of Scam and head into the off season at 9-7/winners.

    Lose three straight to end the season at 8-8 and they’re in trouble.

    Go Bucs!!!

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    stranger things have happened

  4. Mike Johson Says:

    Bucs have had a decent year. But SF is not going to beat Seattle Nor will the Titans beat Houston. You get what you deserve in this league. And our Bucs are not playoff ready. I’d rather them not get in than to lay an embarrassing egg once they are there. Next year will be our time..I hope. I hope the Bucs play all out against the Panthers to have a winning season.

  5. Birdman Says:

    I hate to say it, but I’d rather us lose for the draft pick. The top 9ish recievers in the draft all look like upgrades to me, we haveeee to get one round 1-2.. I cant wait for the combine stats on Davis, Sutton, Ross, Kupp, Westbrook, Jones, Schuster, Darboh, etc… So many shiny new toys to pick from.

  6. The bucfan 88 Says:

    So if Detroit losses we are out

  7. Joe Says:

    So if Detroit losses we are out

    If any of the above elements do not happen, the Bucs are out.

  8. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Not really even worth talking about. It ain’t happening. Need to evaluate who to keep for next year and keep building. Nice to not have a losing season though.

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    If I wanted the Bucs to lose against Carolina I would not watch the game. I’m watching expecting a win. Don’t lay down for a better draft position. A win is bigger.

  10. Buc fan since 76 Says:

    Doesn’t matter. Even if the cow literally jumped over the moon they’d likely be one and done. Next year.

  11. Jeagan1999 Says:

    I’m not holding my breath. That being said, a 9-7 (or even 8-8)season is definitely a move in the right direction.

    While this team has shown some real ability this year, we are still a few key pieces away from being a strong contender. But a strong draft and free agency period could really get us to the promised land!

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’m happy with 8-8. They had a good little run. Too many injuries but they are on the right track. For five games it was pure excitement and something to cheer for. Next year playoffs and hopefully a team that can go far.

  13. Gencoimports Says:

    Fuhgetaboutit. The odds are better me winning Power Ball five drawings in a row. Never depend on a tie plus a 49ers victory at the same time.

  14. BucDaddy82 Says:

    Good Season. A step in the right direction. 2017 the Bucs should be a playoff team and maybe win the division. 11-5 in 2017. GO BUCS!

  15. Ndog Says:

    Draft d and o lineman every freaking round and use free agency for the rest. After watching Dallas, Oakland and Tennessee this year it is clear the outside talent means less than the line play, which I already knew but this just reminded us all.

  16. lightningbuc Says:

    This is all Doug Martin’s fault.

  17. Kobe Faker Says:

    this sunday is the biggest game for Koetter and Licht

    must win and a 3 game losing streak is a big no no

    need to sell tickets for 2017. A homeloss to a division rival who would rather have a better draft position than to win, will be pathetic

    “Dumb and Dumber! Im watching you 2” Darci Glazer

  18. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Yeah, thats not going to happen. But i still want to see the bucs end the season on a high note and put a whooping on the panthers. I know it will be tough. The offense is Jameis and Evans. Not a single other play maker on this team. On top of that, this o line has regressed to 2014 form. This is the type of game we need Jameis to take over and be the #1 overall pick we drafted. Be that special player that can carry an entire team. We have no playoff pressure, no more worries or pressing. Just go out and ball the only way Jameis Winston knows how to. Get that W for Buc Nation!

  19. jb Says:

    Before the season started, I was gonna be happy with 8-8, and anything better was simply icing on the cake. At this point we’re not yet a playoff caliber team, but I’d love to see us knock hell outta Cam & the Panthers. If they play anything like they did against Atlanta Saturday, we should beat them easily. Watch out for next season though! PLAYOFFS OR BUST!!!!!

  20. Tampa Tony Says:

    Raiders, Rams games are coming back to haunt these chokers

  21. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    what Ndog said
    Real talk… No Lions… Only GORILLAS & Grizzlies need apply, Polar Bears too. Seriously we need giants in the trenches. Younger stronger nastier Ayers…
    I must say I have noticed your transition from perceived troll to a level headed fan not focused on the past… Glad to have you here… now lol
    C’mon BUCS

  22. Eric Says:

    I’ll take either 8-8 or 9-7 and tip my hat for job well done.

    Winning season for Jameis and the two year NFL yardage record would feel pretty darn good.

    Now if we can get some depth so we can stay in it down the stretch next year.

    Since muscle hamster is in the dog house, Cook and Jameis would look good together, like old times at FSU. That kid can take the rock to the house.

    Instant offense!

  23. Matt Says:

    I’m with Ndog..O-line and D-line win in this league. Free agency for the rest..

  24. Warren Says:

    Gotta finish with a win or we would have lost three straight to close out the season..and with two divisional losses to lesser teams. We all know we are paper thin on offense so watching specifically to see what kind of game our D has after giving up too many points at critical times of late.

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I say let Jameis go wild. We either win or we don’t. Let him get all of his passing, ints and whatever out of his system. Who knows? Maybe we will get our win.

  26. bojim Says:

    8-8 is a good improvement and was expected. 9-7 would be a good season and I will be happy. I am not thinking about the games we should have won. 😉

  27. Fred E. Buc Says:

    Joe, but think of this, and you already are I would bet. Jameis needs 112 yards to go over 4K for the year, second year in a row. And I’m sure that’s some kind of milestone for young QBs. The important note though is this isn’t garbage time. He’s had meaningful games and had to make his throws count…INTs and all. So a mixed bag…but the man is 22 years old and his QB rating is going up, and unlike some QBs, his TDs far outnumber his INTs. So show a little love for Jameis! (I Know you will). And you Joe, thanks for being the only real Bucs blog. Kudos! j

  28. buccfan305 Says:

  29. Pickgrin Says:

    If Redskins lose – I don’t understand why Detroit edges us out for the last spot if we beat Carolina and the Lions lose to Green Bay. Both teams would have the same overall record (9-7), same conference record (7-5) but the Bucs would have a better division record (4-2 vs 3-3 for Detroit).

    Does anybody know what specific tiebreaker Detroit would beat us on and how can the division record not come into play at all??

  30. buccfan305 Says:


    I’m wondering the same thing.

  31. Bucsfanman Says:

    All I know is this: WE HAVE TO WIN!
    The chips will fall where they may.