Buccaneers have to beat Panthers for franchise legend

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The Buccaneers better make sure they are risking it for the biscuit on a day where the franchise is honoring Bruce Arians in the Ring of Honor.

The Buccaneers matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday is going to be the most important since the game against the Rams in the playoffs last season.

This game may not totally dictate the playoff picture for the NFC South, but it should have enough implications involved that the winner should win the division in either situation.

The Buccaneers win and they’re in. The Panthers win and the Buccaneers go into the final game of the season shaky. That isn’t where you want to be.

Regardless, this game is going to be extremely important for the Bucs, but it goes beyond earning a spot in the playoffs. Sunday’s game is also going to also be about honoring Buccaneers legend Bruce Arians as he is put in the Ring of Honor.

As if there already wasn’t enough pressure surrounding this game.

Arians wasn’t the head coach in Tampa for long, but his impact goes beyond most other guys that have also held his job for the franchise. Arians was better than Gruden, more successful than Dungy, and he makes a case against everyone else as the best coach for the team.

An award like this is more than deserved, the team just has to win to cap off the day in an appropriate manner with a win.

The conservative play calls have to stop. The risks have to be plenty.

If the Buccaneers really want to honor Arians and his legacy in Tampa, the team needs to make sure that it does what made it great in the first place under one of the best coaches in franchise history.

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