The loss Sunday to the New Orleans Saints was indeed embarrassing and had fans going into tantrums all across social media. There was absolutely no reason for such a high-powered offense, such as the one rostered here in Tampa, to lay a goose egg on the scoreboard, but it happened.
With the news of Chris Godwin out for the remainder of the season, it is hard to imagine how the Bucs could potentially lean on the passing attack. With the news of Antonio Brown returning to the team and the signing of Le’Veon Bell, the Bucs may indeed be still on the right track to repeat. Before all that, the Bucs must lock up the division and at least the second seed in the NFC. Here are my predictions for the remainder of the season and why the Bucs will run the table.
Bucs will sweep Panthers (Week 16 & 18) and land the 2nd seed in the NFC.
The Bucs will lock up the NFC South by sweeping the Carolina Panthers. It’ll be the first time the Bucs have been crowned NFC South Champions, for the first time since 2007. It’ll be the first time, as well, that the Bucs have swept 2 out of 3 division opponents in the same season.
With a regular-season finale victory at home, the Bucs will lock up the second seed in the NFC playoff picture due to the Cowboys dropping their final two games, one being against the Arizona Cardinals, who currently hold the fourth seed in the NFC.
Bucs Defense will manhandle the New York Jets in Week 17.
The Bucs will begin the New Year off right when they travel to the Big Apple to play the New York Jets on January 2nd, and the defense will be the main catalyst behind the victory. Look for the defense to record at least five sacks and a minimum of three turnovers in that game.
It won’t necessarily be a blowout for the Bucs, but it will be a huge confidence booster for the newly crowned NFC South Champs. It’ll be just another stepping stone as the Bucs gear up for the playoffs and prepare their back-to-back journey.