Buccaneers: CBS Sports projects postseason berth for Tampa Bay

Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an opportunity to break a 12-year streak of missing the playoffs and CBS Sports projects they’ll do just that.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some major moves during the 2020 offseason and, as a result, are in position to make a run at the postseason for the first time in more than 12 seasons.

The Buccaneers made the biggest splash of the free-agency period when it was announced that they would be signing QB Tom Brady to a two-year deal worth $50 million.

Outside of the signing of Brady, the Buccaneers also brought back key pieces along the defensive front-seven including Shaquil Barrett (franchise tag), Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul. They also made a trade for TE Rob Gronkowski and had one of the most successful drafts in recent history.

With all of those moves, the Buccaneers are now considered one of the favorites to get to the postseason. Depending on which site you look at, Tampa Bay has a win total projection of somewhere between 9-10 wins and most analysts are taking the ‘over.’

CBS Sports’ Jordan Dajani released his game-by-game predictions with scores for each of the games on the 2020 Buccaneers schedule. Ultimately, Dajani has the Bucs finishing with a 10-6 record, good enough for a wild-card berth in the postseason.

Dajani sees Tampa Bay losing on the road to New Orleans to begin the season and then reeling off four-straight wins before losing at home to the Green Bay Packers and then on the road at the Las Vegas Raiders.

While a 4-3 record through the first seven games may seem like a bit of a disappointment, Dajani has the Bucs winning their next four- including a home game against the Saints- to hold a record of 8-3 before losing to the Chiefs.

He has the Bucs finishing out the season with losses to the Vikings and Falcons- which would make three-straight losses- followed by two wins to finish the season against the Lions and Falcons at home.

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