The Overlooked Edge

November 9th, 2021

Joe has noticed a faction of fans getting confused by the Bucs’ potential path to Super Bowl glory.

Rarely noted, and Joe is guilty of omitting this in posts and assuming it’s obvious, is the fact the Rams (7-2) and Cardinals (8-1) play in the same division.

So what if the Bucs (6-2) lose a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Rams if the Rams come in second place in the NFC West. Once a team qualifies as a Wild Card, it realistically can never get a home playoff game without a flood of upsets.

Joe just wants everyone to be clear that there is no re-seeding in the playoffs.

If the Bucs win the NFC South with a good enough record to grab the No. 2 overall seed, they’ll be guaranteed a chance at two playoff home games even if both the Rams and Cardinals have more regular-season victories.

14 Responses to “The Overlooked Edge”

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    What’s the over/under on how many times will Joe use the word “faction” this week?

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    The bye-week is most important says Pete.

  3. Steven007 Says:

    As I stated in an earlier post, division first, always. The rest will work itself out. But win your division. Are you listening Pete?

  4. mark2001 Says:

    I want the record that gives me at least one home game, where I also don’t have to go to Lambeau in December. The bye would be great, particularly for a team that has been banged up as much as we have. But I really don’t want to see us go to Arizona or LA, and then Lambeau.

  5. Guadalajara, Mexico Fan Says:

    Joe, to your statement “Once a team qualifies as a Wild Card, it can never get a home playoff game.
    Keep in mind that now there are 3 Wild Cards. If all of them (Wild Cards) won their games as visitors, The Seed #5 would host the Divisional game at home.

    Cheers from Guadalajara, Mexico !! Go Bucs !!!

  6. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I like the Bucs chances of going into Arizona with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line…

  7. lambeau Says:

    Really we just have to compete against Green Bay and Dallas for #2 seed, which is why Sunday was so helpful. Let Aaron be Aaron–hope for a suspension.

  8. Eddie Marz Says:

    The # 1 seed is still out there to be had. That’s why The Bucs need to take care of their own business and not be concerned what these other teams are doing. Winning will take care of itself. Coming from a former Pat’s fan. GO BUCS!

  9. lambeau Says:

    Dallas and Green Bay have tougher schedules than the Bucs, so it looks good for two home playoff games before going out west for NFC Championship game.

  10. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Steve 007- Thanks for always being CAPTAIN OBVIOUS !! Such knowledge you have.. How about WIN THE NEXT GAME ??

  11. SB Says:

    How much did we NEED homefield advantage last yr?

  12. Wild Bill Says:

    I am more concerned about fixing the Bucs defensive issues (no pass rush and poor pass defense) than I am about playoff positions. Fact is the Bucs have been up and down this season so far. They better focus on next game up and not worry about playoff position. Nobody is handing them anything. Lower ranked teams have too often given them all they can handle aside from a couple blow out easy wins. So far they are not playing like the Bucs did last season from mid-season on through the playoffs. They climbed the mountain last year. Huffing and puffing this year so far.

  13. David Says:

    I want to say going by remaining schedule the Bucs should be able to get the number to seed over Dallas in Green Bay fairly easily simply because of strength of schedule… But based on a lot of the teams that just lost and who they lost to, that crap means nothing.
    Still, I think getting to number two should be easy. Getting number one over Arizona might be harder

  14. unbelievable Says:

    @SB – there were no fans last year. Seems like that was big deal to Brady and some others.

    Either way it would be nice to have at least have 1 home game this time around. Hopefully the Rams and Cardinals beat each other up and maybe even take a loss to the Seahawks.

    You know all the old timers on our team could use another bye week if we somehow grab the #1 seed.