Buccaneers: Is the season a bust without a win vs. Washington?

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The Buccaneers are back in the playoffs and are coming off of one of their best regular seasons ever, but this team still has much more potential.

After the season the Buccaneers just had compared to the past decade and a half, the word “bust” feels a bit too critical when talking about this season. Getting swept by the Saints and losing to the Bears hurt, but the Bucs were able to persevere and end the season on a very strong note.

The one thing that could ruin this great season is the Buccaneers laying an egg against the Washington Football Team in the playoffs.

While the Bucs are favorites for more reasons than one, this game has significant implications for Tampa Bay, and it won’t be a walk in the park. Washington is also coming off a hot streak over the past month, and betting odds and favorites don’t matter once the game begins.

Washington is a better football team than most people give them credit for, and the Bucs should be ready to play a tough game if they want to win their first playoff game in years. Chase Young and company look prepared to give the Buccaneers a tough battle, and Tampa Bay needs to hope for the sake of the season that they’re up to the task.

A loss in the wildcard round falls painfully flat when compared to the potential of this roster.