The Tampa Bay Buccaneers playoff hopes hang in the balance. If they want to make a run at the postseason, look for them to bank on these areas.
The optics of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers season have shifted quickly. Just a few weeks ago, there was a clear blueprint to the playoffs. That’s not to say that the Bucs would follow it, but the postseason looked like an attainable goal.
Now, the postseason looks more like a pipedream. A historically bad defense on pace to allow the most points in NFL history and a less than ideal quarterback situation that makes it tough to see how it makes Tampa a contender.
Even with the concerns, there are reasons for optimism. A few areas that the Buccaneers can hang their hats on to make a final push for a wildcard spot.
The offense has rolled into town and lit up every scoreboard, the veteran presence in the locker room is strong and the schedule tips in Tampa Bay’s favor over the next few weeks.
The time is now for the Buccaneers. If they want to turn their season around, it starts with a win on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
Take a look at four reasons why the Bucs can make a late-season run in the loaded NFC.