It’s officially do or die time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons will either propel the Bucs back into first place or sink them to depths they probably won’t be able to come back from.
A loss in Week 14 would send the Bucs to 5-8 on the season, and essentially end their season. The Falcons would have a total tiebreaker over Tampa Bay and the Bucs would need them to lose three of their last four games in order to have a shot. This meltdown would need to be combined with the Bucs winning out, which at this point is a pipe dream given how the team has played lately.
Even with all that said, the Bucs would wake up on Monday in first place. That’s where we’re at with this team; Tampa Bay is equal distance away from firing everyone and having a top draft pick and hosting a playoff game in January.
Sunday’s game in Atlanta will go a long way in letting us know which of those two futures is more likely.
What channel is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on today? (December 10th)
Tampa Bay needs to win on Sunday to neutralize the tiebreaker scenario with Atlanta. If the Bucs win, it would put both teams a 6-7 with four games left, but Tampa Bay would have the edge thanks to record against common opponents.
This is key down the stretch of the season.
Atlanta lost to the Jaguars which means the Bucs game against Jacksonville becomes critical in maintaining the division lead. The Falcons beat Green Bay earlier this year which means the Bucs would need a win in Lambeau next week, especially since the Falcons can help their cause with a win over the Colts in a few weeks — a team the Bucs lost to.
Nothing really matters unless Tampa Bay wins on Sunday, because a loss basically ends the season and might end the tenure of more than a few folks on the sideline.
Here’s everything you need to know to catch today’s game:
- Date: Sunday, December 10th
- Start Time: 1 pm ET
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Atlanta, GA
- TV Channel: CBS
- Announcers: Spero Dede, Jay Feely
- Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM | More Radio Affiliates
- Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket | Fubo
For the second straight week the Bucs will be on CBS despite the game being an NFC vs. NFC matchup. This has to do with the loosening of broadcast rules after the last round of television rights negotiations but at least this game won’t be flexed like last week’s.