Buccaneers barely survive scary game vs. inferior opponent

Tom Brady, Cade Otton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
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The Buccaneers might have been able to pull out the win, but there was nothing about that game that was pretty for even one second.

Thank goodness the Buccaneers have Ryan Succop.

That wasn’t exactly a magical Christmas game between the Buccaneers and the Cardinals. In fact, that game seemed to lack all possible magic except for a few vintage drives from Tom Brady when the game was on the line.

Who would’ve thought, the offense is actually good when it is focusing on the pass and it avoids the idiotic runs for nothing? Impressive.

That game gives the Buccaneers another W in the win column, but it’s not like this game did much for Tampa’s playoff hopes or the excitement building around next week’s game against the Panthers, a game that is proving to be the most important of the season for the Super Bowl hopefuls.

The bad news on this end is that the Bucs showed basically nothing to inspire confidence against a Cardinals team that is likely one of the worst in the league by a healthy margin.

If the Bucs had to use all of their time and wait for the final minutes to pull out a win against a third-string quarterback and a terrible head coach, what will they do against the surging Panthers that are stacking wins and momentum?

The answer is that games like this don’t do much good for the Bucs. Sure, there is a win, but likely injuries to players like Tristan Wirfs, Russell Gage, and a sure injury to Josh Wells are going to hurt the team’s chances against Carolina.

That game was ugly. The next two games are likely to be very ugly as well. Hopefully the Buccaneers can find a way to win ugly if they really want to go beyond the regular season.

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