With a win over Detroit, the Buccaneers reach 10 wins. Only one other team that is behind Tampa in the playoff standings, (The Cardinals), have a chance at 10 wins. So with the win over the Lions, they are in. The Buccaneers could also lose, and if the Bears lose or tie against the Jaguars at home, then the Bucs are in. The loss to the Bears, still playing a part. That game, to me, ranks right up there with the second Saints game. It wasn’t a blowout by any means just the opposite, really, more of a skin of your teeth type loss that may have come down to mental errors. None more talked about than Brady’s mixing up what down it was on the late fourth-quarter comeback drive. That’s for a game of “what if’s”; nobody knows for sure what the outcome would have been had Brady not made the mental error. The truth is, it should have never come down to that.
So we are left to The Jaguars playing spoiler to Chicago’s playoff hopes if we do the unthinkable and lose at Detroit. The Jaguars are not completely barren of talent. They came within two points of beating a resurgent Browns team and only lost by 4 to the Packers. They shocked many with a win over a pretty darn good Colts team for their lone win; so far this season. Furthermore, they also got beaten by a Burrow-led Bengals squad and a loss to the hapless Lions. So I guess it depends on the heart to some degree. Which Jaguars team will show is the question? Of course, all that can be avoided if we just beat Detroit straight up and take care of business. The Bears are playing good football right now. David Montgomery had his best game of the season, rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings in a win. Go Bucs!!