Playoff hopes are gone. Key players are missing. There isn’t a chance to play spoiler. So really, there isn’t much to play for at all, right?
Wrong. I want to see the Bucs play with fire on Sunday. The season isn’t over. They need to prove that they’ve changed the culture around the team. They won five straight, and things were looking great. They were in the playoff picture and controlled their own destiny. Then, things came crashing down over just two weeks. There isn’t anything that the team can do now. Its response to the recent adversity is what matters at this point.
We saw them fall apart last season and lose their last four games. Things have seemingly changed this year for Tampa Bay. But, if it loses three in a row to close this season, what will that say? It’ll prove that not much has changed at all. A win over a division rival at home will prove that the culture really has turned around for this franchise.