Buccaneers Round Table: Can the Bucs get on a winning streak?
The Buccaneers finally ended their five-game losing streak with a home win against the Jets. Sitting at 3-6, the Bucs have a long road to compete back into playoff contention.
With the next three games on the road, the playoff chances for the Bucs is not getting easier. However, the upcoming road opponents are the hapless Miami Dolphins, the inconsistent Atlanta Falcons, and the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers.
All teams are beatable, but the Buccaneers will be without Jameis Winston for all of those games most likely. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a quality backup quarterback leading the Jets to a 10-6 record two years ago.
At that time, he had similar weapons with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker comparing to Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson now. While he was without Evans this past weekend the offense looked weak, and only scored 15 points against the Jets defense.
The final game in the five-game stretch is against the Detroit Lions who, similarly to the Falcons, are a good team but have been inconsistent throughout the year.
The Buccaneers should win one or two of the next five, and winning all five isn’t ridiculous, but losing all five isn’t either. I would say the Bucs have about a 10% chance to go 4-0 in their next four games, giving them a five game winning streak.
There’s a glimmer of hope, but lose the first game then even if they finish the rest of the year undefeated; 9-7 might not be enough to make the playoffs.