The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their 10th straight game, including playoffs, with a 48-25 triumph over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. That’s the Bucs’ 3rd win in a row against their NFC South Division foes from Georgia.
The aftermath of this contest, and frankly the Week 1 victory over the Dallas Cowboys as well, appears to be that the Bucs should be concerned that they aren’t winning each game 56-0. The World Champions bringing back all 22 starters from last season should be just mowing over the competition, right?
No one should need to be reminded that the Buccaneers play in the National Football League. This is the highest level of professional football. Winning games week in and week out is tough to do.
Even more difficult is being the true measuring stick of every team on your schedule. That’s an honor each Super Bowl winner gets to have when they return to defend their crown the following season.
The Falcons looked like they should have been relegated to the Canadian Football League after only scoring two field goals and being dominated in their opening game home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. They looked like a team without much offensive punch or defensive fortitude whatsoever.
Yet, one week later, the Bucs are in front of that same suddenly scrappy team who are dreaming of an upset, 28-25, five minutes into the 4th Quarter. The Falcons personnel certainly couldn’t have and didn’t change that much in 7 days.
A major reason for Atlanta’s bounce back in performance has to have been the chance to beat the league’s best team. It would have been a further feather in their caps to do it in Raymond James Stadium. It didn’t happen though, as the Bucs pulled away from the competition.
Tampa Bay fans have to realize that it is going to be this way all season. An opponent that the Bucs may be expected to roll over could be super competitive once they take the field against the Kings of the Mountain.
The only thing that really matters is that the Bucs are victorious weekly, regardless of style. Yes, getting the best of the competition by at least 21 in every contest is ideal. However, if the Bucs win every game the rest of the Regular and Post Season by only one point, they’ll still reach their ultimate goal and repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
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