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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Race to 10" Update: Week 7

A peek ahead at the upcoming schedule of the 4-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 

WIN 17-14 Cleveland; Buccaneers Ranked #27
WIN 20-7 Carolina; Buccaneers Ranked #20
LOSS 38-13 Pittsburgh; Buccaneers Ranked #22
WIN 24-21 Cincinnati; Buccaneers Ranked #17
LOSS 31-6 New Orleans; Buccaneers Ranked #19
WIN 18-17 Saint Louis; Buccaneers Ranked #17 (currently)

Up Next:
@Arizona (3-3)  #23 (NFL expert ranking)

@Atlanta (5-2)  #8
Carolina (1-5)  #30
@San Francisco (1-6)  #31
@Baltimore (5-2)  #4
Atlanta (5-2)  #8
@Washington (4-3)  #14
Detroit (1-5)  #29
Seattle (4-2)  #16
@New Orleans (4-3)   #11

Remaining Schedule Cumulative Record: 30-30

The Buccaneers must continue to beat the teams with a lower ranking to stay in the playoff hunt. Tampa Bay also needs a "signature win" this season (much like the Saints road win in 2009) to start building a reputation as a team which has arrived after it's rebuilding.  The "4th quarter stretch run", which includes the Washington Redskins and home against the Seattle Seahawks, will only be relevant if the Buccaneers keep pace.

Using the NFL.com expert consensus rankings (which change weekly), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should still finish 8-8 and in the middle of the NFC Wildcard Race!


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