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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Race to 10" Update: Week 10

A peek ahead at the upcoming schedule of the 6-3 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
WIN 38-35 Arizona; Buccaneers Ranked #13
LOSS 21-28 Atlanta; Buccaneers Ranked #13 
WIN 31-20 Carolina, Buccaneers Ranked #13 (Current NFL expert ranking)

Up Next:
@San Francisco (3-6)  #25

@Baltimore (6-3)  #5
Atlanta (7-2)  #2
@Washington (4-5)  #20
Detroit (2-7)  #29
Seattle (5-4)  #21
@New Orleans (6-3)  #6

Remaining Schedule Cumulative Record: 30-24

For the first time this season, the remaining schedule has skewed to one side, in this case to the win column.  Tampa Bay will have to finish strong for a chance at a postseason run.

The Buccaneers have continued to beat the teams they rank above, keeping the playoff drive in high gear.  This weekend they face another foe they need to beat.  Coming up after the run to the West Coast this weekend for a 4:15 PM Eastern game, the Buccaneers will face Baltimore at the newly adjusted 4:15 PM Eastern time slot before returning home for The Game Of The Year against Atlanta at Raymond James Stadium.  This is when the Buccaneers need to rise up for a signature win and improve their potential playoff standing.

Using the NFL.com expert consensus rankings (which change weekly), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still on course for a 10-6 finish and an NFC Playoff birth!


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