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Friday, November 11, 2011

Buccaneers Must Climb Hill To Playoffs


It's time for the Buccaneers to win at home!


A peek ahead at the upcoming schedule of the 4-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, currently ranked 18th in the NFL.com Expert Consensus Power Poll


Past:
LOST 27-20 to Detroit
WON 24-20 against Minnesota
WON 16-13 against Atlanta
WON 24-17 against Indianapolis
LOST 48-3 to San Francisco
WON 26-20 against New Orleans
LOST 24-18 to Chicago
LOST 26-18 to New Orleans


Up Next:

Houston (6-3) #9


Upcoming:
@Green Bay (8-0) #1
@Tennessee (4-4) #20
Carolina (2-6) #23
@Jacksonville (2-6) #27
Dallas (3-3) #17
@Carolina (2-6) #23
@Atlanta (5-3) #14


Remaining Schedule Cumulative Record: 27-27


Based on the Power Poll, Tampa Bay should finish the 2011 season with an 8-8 record.  The swing games appear to be against Dallas, Atlanta, and this weekend's game against Houston.


The Playoff Picture
If the playoffs started this week:  

Division Winners
Green Bay Packers (8-0, NFC North)
- San Francisco 49ers (7-1, NFC West)
New York Giants (6-2, NFC East)
- New Orleans Saints (6-3, NFC South)
Wildcards
- Detroit Lions (6-2, NFC North)
- Chicago Bears (5-3, NFC North)
Outside Looking In
+ Atlanta Falcons (5-3, NFC South)
? Dallas Cowboys (4-4, NFC East)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4, NFC South)
Philadelphia Eagles (3-5, NFC East)
Washington Redskins (3-5, NFC East)

The rest of the NFC teams are more than three games out of the wildcard race at this time -- not eliminated, but getting there.  Teams with a minus(-) in front of their name own a tiebreaker over Tampa Bay by defeating the Buccaneers during the 2011 regular season.  Teams with a plus(+) in front of their name would lose a tiebreaker to the Buccaneers, and teams with a question mark(?) are still to come on the Buccaneers schedule.

Important games this weekend:
Buccaneers to WIN over Houston (of course!)
Detroit to WIN over Chicago
New Orleans to WIN over Atlanta
Buffalo to WIN over Dallas

Let's play football!

GO BUCS!!

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