4 steps to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the NFC South

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not won the NFC South since 2007, but there is momentum entering this year and here are four ways to help their odds.

Over the past two seasons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finished in the basement of the NFC South under former head coach Dirk Koetter with back-to-back 5-11 seasons. Koetter out, Bruce Arians in at head coach and with the two-time coach of the year comes high expectations within the community of Tampa Bay.

Along with the change at head coach came a facelift of the roster. The Buccaneers finally decided to move on from defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and bring in a guy picked one spot ahead of him in Ndamukong Suh to replace him. They also added a ton of potential to the defensive side of the ball through the draft with guys like linebacker Devin White and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting already standing out.

Offensively the Buccaneers have stood relatively pat, but they had one of the more high powered offenses in the league anyway. Losing guys like Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson could hurt, but they were seamlessly replaced with Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller in free agency and the draft.

Pro Football Focus (subscription required) loves the Buccaneers as potential “worst-to-first” contenders in the NFC South, and after an offseason of massive overhaul and transition, they may just be able to pull it off. Here are five ways, if accomplished, the Buccaneers can potentially win the division title in 2019 over the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers.