The Buccaneers have dropped a few games that have lowered their position in the playoff race, but the situation is still looking up for Tampa Bay.
This has been the year of overreactions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Every week tends to be a different look for the talented roster, and the Bucs transition between great wins and crushing losses with a painful amount of irregularity.
The back and forth between success and defeat has been incredibly difficult on the fanbase, who largely believes that this team is the one that will finally end the playoff slump in Tampa Bay. At seven and three, the odds are very strong that this team could make some noise in the playoffs this season.
After two difficult losses to the Saints and one to the Bears, the Bucs currently sit in the first wildcard spot at fifth overall in the NFC. With two losses to the Saints, the Bucs have little chance of winning the division, but their current position is not bad either.
With there being a decent chance of two NFC West teams also in the wildcard spots, the two and three spots in this conference are not desirable places to end the season. Playing Kyler Murray or Russell Wilson in the first round of the playoffs is not an outcome that most division winners are looking forward to, and the Bucs have probably saved themselves from this fate.