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: December 19, 2012, 09:16:36 PM

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1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After drafting well (as evidenced by rookie running back Doug Martin's performance) and signing the right free agents (like receiver Vincent Jackson) over the past three years, the Bucs have a good, young roster. We saw things start to click for them during a 6-4 start, though they've fallen off since. Greg Schiano has done a terrific job in his debut season. In Year 2, he'll have a better understanding of the length of the NFL season, and he'll have a firmer sense of when (and how hard) to push his players.

The Bucs have given up a lot of passing yards (310.6 per game, worst in the NFL), and where they really need help is on the back end. Aqib Talib is gone, having been traded to the New England Patriots. Stalwart Ronde Barber, meanwhile, is 37 and might not come back for a 17th season. So they'll have some openings to fill. Can they find a way to keep defensive end Michael Bennett, who leads the team with nine sacks, from moving on as a free agent? They also might want to bring in a veteran quarterback (like Kyle Orton, say) to help mentor young signal-caller Josh Freeman, who has talent but has played hot and cold this season. Tampa Bay should have the cap space to do something.


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