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2012 Bucs Season Kickoff Issue

Pewter Predictions: Bucs Improve In 2012, Finish With 7-9 Record

WRITTEN_BY Scott Reynolds Scott Reynolds
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The Buccaneers will fall short of a winning record and the playoffs in Greg Schiano’s first year as head coach, but will improve by three wins over last year’s 4-12 record to finish 7-9.

Armed with a new head coach, a new offensive system and a new defensive scheme, the Buccaneers enter the 2012 campaign looking to play more competitive football and improve on last year’s dismal 4-12 record that saw the team lose 10 straight games to end the season. Here are Pewter Report’s game-by-game predictions for Tampa Bay, which is slated to finish with a 7-9 record.

WEEK 1 – BUCCANEERS vs. PANTHERS
September 9 at 4:25 p.m. Fox

Having to face multi-talented QB Cam Newton and the Panthers’ deadly rushing attack, the Buccaneers certainly didn’t draw an easy season opener. The upset Panthers swept the Bucs last year, winning 38-19 in Tampa Bay and 48-16 at Carolina. The young Bucs with new offensive and defensive systems aren’t ready to keep up with or stop such an explosive, high-powered offense. The Bucs fall in a frustrating season opener at home, and Greg Schiano joins Raheem Morris, Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy to become the fourth Tampa Bay head coach to lose his debut game.
BUCS LOSE

WEEK 2 – BUCCANEERS at NY GIANTS
September 16 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

Tampa Bay’s offensive line will have its hands full against New York’s fearsome foursome upfront. Quarterback Josh Freeman will have to outduel Eli Manning in order for the Bucs to have a chance in this one, but Freeman isn’t ready for that kind of performance yet. The defending Super Bowl champions act like it and beat the visiting Bucs handily in Tampa Bay’s first road game of the season.
BUCS LOSE

WEEK 3 – BUCCANEERS at COWBOYS
September 23 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

The start to the 2012 season doesn’t get any easier for Tampa Bay, which has to travel to Dallas with a 0-2 record. The Cowboys manhandled the Bucs last year at Raymond James Stadium on national television, winning 31-15. Tampa Bay’s youth and inexperience shows at several positions, but primarily along the defensive line as Tony Romo has plenty of time to pick a part the Bucs defense. Schiano’s inauspicious 0-3 start begins to resemble that of Dungy and Morris’ and the chance for a winning season begins to slip away.
BUCS LOSE

WEEK 4 – BUCCANEERS vs. REDSKINS
September 30 at 4:25 p.m. Fox

Tampa Bay desperately needs a win before the bye week and facing a rookie quarterback in Robert Griffin III does the trick. While talented, Griffin is forced into some mistakes by a young and improving Bucs defense. Tampa Bay’s pass rush gets revved up on the defensive side of the ball and the running game gets cranking on the offensive side of the ball. Schiano’s Bucs play their most complete game to date and get some much-needed confidence heading into the bye week.
BUCS WIN

WEEK 5 – Bye Week

WEEK 6 – BUCCANEERS vs. CHIEFS
October 14 at 1:00 p.m. CBS

An improved Kansas City team comes to town and gives Tampa Bay a stiff test, but the Bucs are able to fully take advantage of the bye week and do some effective game-planning against the Chiefs. This one is a shootout with Freeman turning in an effective performance and Connor Barth winning the contest with a late-game field goal. Two wins in a row gives the Bucs some confidence as the team’s record improves to 2-3.
BUCS WIN

WEEK 7 – BUCCANEERS vs. SAINTS
October 21 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

New Orleans has always presented a real challenge for Tampa Bay’s defense. The Bucs beat the Saints at home last year, 26-20, thanks to forcing several turnovers. But Tampa Bay lost at New Orleans in 2011, 27-16, because the defense couldn’t turn in a repeat performance with the takeaways. The Bucs are using a dime defense this year to attack big-time passing quarterbacks like Drew Brees, but in the end he and the Saints prevail.
BUCS LOSE

WEEK 8 – BUCCANEERS at VIKINGS
October 25 at 8:20 p.m. NFL Network

The Buccaneers make the most of their only showing on national television in 2012 by upsetting the Vikings on the road. Tampa Bay won at Minnesota last year in Week 2, 24-20, and should win a similar, tight game again this year. The improving Bucs run defense will be tested by Adrian Peterson, but the real key will be keeping defensive end Jared Allen off Freeman’s back. Left tackle Donald Penn is up to the task and the Bucs improve to 3-4 on the season.
BUCS WIN

WEEK 9 – BUCCANEERS at RAIDERS
November 4 at 4:05 p.m. Fox

The Raiders finished 8-8 last year, and just missed the playoffs after a 7-4 start. Oakland lost four of their last five games as their season fell apart. Carson Palmer and the Raiders have the Bucs game circled as a win on their schedule, and Tampa Bay’s history of not faring well on the West Coast comes back to haunt the pewter pirates in a tough road loss at the Black Hole. The Bucs’ record falls to 3-5.
BUCS LOSE

WEEK 10 – BUCCANEERS vs. CHARGERS
November 11 at 1:00 p.m. CBS

A midseason collapse last year when the Chargers lost six straight games negated a 4-1 start. San Diego finished strong, winning four of its last five games to wind up with an 8-8 record, while averaging 36 points per game in those victories. Of course Vincent Jackson is in Tampa Bay this year, and not San Diego, which makes a world of difference as he gets some revenge against his former team in an upset victory for the Buccaneers.
BUCS WIN

WEEK 11 – BUCCANEERS at PANTHERS
November 18 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

The Bucs don’t have an answer for Newton and the Panthers once again as Carolina manages to sweep Tampa Bay for the second time in a row. The Bucs’ lack of depth along the defensive and offensive line gets exposed late in the season as the Panthers are gearing up for a playoff run, while the 4-6 Bucs appear heading for another losing season after getting pummeled on the road.
BUCS LOSE

WEEK 12 – BUCCANEERS vs. FALCONS
November 25 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

Schiano gets his first crack at the Falcons as a head coach and although Atlanta is a formidable foe and in contention for the NFC South title, Tampa Bay pulls an upset at home as the defense shuts down Michael Turner and Aqib Talib handles Julio Jones. The Bucs weren’t competitive in most of their games last year, evidenced by a 4-12 record and the wide margins of defeat, especially late in the season. But Tampa Bay is playing tougher, closer games this year and has a 5-6 record to show for it.
BUCS WIN

WEEK 13 – BUCCANEERS at BRONCOS
December 2 at 4:05 p.m. Fox

With a chance to get to .500 and keep the season interesting, the Bucs fall victim to the Denver weather, Peyton Manning and the Broncos tough defense, which stops the run and gets after Freeman. The Bucs lose, but don’t get blown out in this Rocky Mountain battle, which drops the team’s record to 5-7.
BUCS LOSE

WEEK 14 – BUCCANEERS vs. EAGLES
December 9 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

Inspired by the homecoming gathering of the 2002 Super Bowl team in Tampa Bay for this game, the Bucs play the Eagles as tough as they did in the 2002 NFC Championship Game. And just for old times sake, Ronde Barber returns an interception for a touchdown to finish off Philadelphia just as he did a decade ago.
BUCS WIN

WEEK 15 – BUCCANEERS at SAINTS
December 16 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

The 6-7 Buccaneers once again have the chance to pull even at .500 with a victory, but the Saints prevail at home for the season sweep. With the playoffs on the line, the Saints’ experience shows when the game is on the line. Tampa Bay’s 2012 record now stands at 6-8 and a winning season for Schiano in his first year as head coach is denied.
BUCS LOSE

WEEK 16 – BUCCANEERS vs. RAMS
December 23 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

The Bucs finish up their 2012 home schedule with a 6-2 record with a triumph over the rebuilding Rams. Despite missing the playoffs or a chance for a winning season, Tampa Bay posts its best home record in years and that should help boost attendance in 2013. Best of all, the Bucs win in a blowout as the offense and defense come together to play a fantastic game that gets the fans excited for bigger and better things next year.
BUCS WIN

WEEK 17 – BUCCANEERS at FALCONS
December 30 at 1:00 p.m. Fox

Although finishing with an 8-8 record is the new goal, following a big win over St. Louis, Tampa Bay comes up short in the Georgia Dome against a playoff-bound Atlanta team. The Bucs end Schiano’s first year with a 7-9 record, which represents a three-game improvement over the 2011 squad. Although Tampa Bay didn’t have a string of wins to end the season on a higher note, the goal in 2012 was to play much more competitive games and that resulted in Tampa Bay not losing consecutive games after the bye week, and that’s something the 2013 Buccaneers can build on.
BUCS LOSE

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COMMENTS

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    Everyone called me crazy last year when I said 6-10, well this year they will be no better than last year 4-12.
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    Really? You think the team goes 1-5 in the division...I will have to disagree. I think they win the home opener vs the Panthers based on the fact the team is hyped up, they have had extra time to study Cam and its Rondes big day, they win week 7 vs the Saints because for some reason they always play well against Bress, and week 12 vs the Falcons because I dont think the Falcons are as good as people think... so I say they split the division 3-3. 8-8 to 9-7 at best this year overall.
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    Lose to the Panthers and beat the Eagles? Ok. I don't think so
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    By the time Tampa plays Philly, Vick will be injured and their rookie back up will be gun shy.
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    Hope this is fairly accurate. Don't think we can expect much more than 7 wins unless that defence finds itself earlier than expected.
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    I think the Bucs beat the Raiders, and will not be swept by the Saints.
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    So the saints are going to beat us twice this year without a coach and the panters are going to sweep us again. Leading to a 1-5 record in the division. We won 2 division games last year with a worse team. Think your dead wrong on this one pr. Well be 10-6 or 9-7 by the end of the year barring any major injuries.
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    I only see 4 wins. Redskins, Chiefs, Rams, and Panthers at home. 4-12. The Saints are on a mission this year, their team looks very focused. Atlanta and Carolina are better. How are the Bucs better losing Bowers, Joseph? Vincent Jackson/Carl Nicks are better. I would love it if they surprise me. Looking for a bounceback season from Freeman. If that happens 6-10 is possible. And everyone assumes wins against teams like Chiefs, Redskins, Rams... But those teams are not going 0-16. They are probably looking at their schedule and penciling in Wins against the Buccaneers.
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    I love how you guys think that the Panthers are this great team. Their record was not much better than ours. Our defense really came out and proved that they are not the same defense of last year. They held Tom Brady to 3 3and outs. Im not saying the Bucks have proven anything yet, but I surely dont hold the Panthers on such a high pedistol.
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    Hey, how come no "Pick 'em" this year? I enjoyed it last year?
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    I second that, even without prizes I would want to participate.
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    @mlloye. I agree I think the Panthers are a little overrated, but you can't point to a preseason game and expect that to translate into the season. Didn't we beat New England? I don't expect us to finish better than the Patriots this year.
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    Thank God I saved reading this until Friday. Depressing - unless of course it was stolen from the Kitty board. Cam this, cam that. Cuck Fam. This is the pewter report and some of you are ascting as if we owe him for his greatness. This team is more like the 10 team as opposed to the '11 team. I believe we split the division and go 9/7 sniffing the playoffs until the final week in ATL. I increased my seats this year at the RayJay to provide proof to my optimism. Scott, maybe the Political commercials have you down?? Best of luck to all for a successful season, and with your FB pools
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    I hope that they can finish strong at the end of the year and have confidence for next year. The early part of the schedule will be very tough going on a team with a new system. I think PR is trying hard to be optimistic in their prediction...
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    No way we get swept by the Saint's. Even when we have a terrible year we never get swept.
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    I just want us to not give up and play hard. This team is in a true rebuilding year with atleast another year before we can seriously talk about 7 wins. Way to many questions that require answering and the answers aren't here yet. Go bucs!
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    I think everybody is wrong. just joking....Nobody really knows what this team can do but it probably wont be playoffs . Ill say less than 12 wins,that should make me right. GO BUCS!!!
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    I'll agree with the prediction (7-9), I disagree with the teams. 1-5 in the division? I don't think we're giving the Bucs enough credit. Too many people sucking Cam's...uh, Newton. He comes back down to earth this year. Nicks gives us insight into the Saints, and we've always played the Falcons tough. We easily could be 3-3 I think...and no I'm not on anything.
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    Like to see 7 wins, but I think it is a reach. Injuries happen and after our ones there is no one home. My guess is 5 wins at the most. We are three years away if...
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    I think we could easily get swept by all the teams in the Division. But up until the Cowboys beat the Giants, I thought we might beat Dallas. I don't think so any longer. If we have success running the ball, and we get after Newton, this could be an interesting year. If we are unable to run after the loss of Joseph, it could be a long year for Freeman. Any way you cut it, this game will give us a window into this year. I pray it is not a blow out.
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    I find the pewter prediction record each year by pr fun. Personally I do not put to much emphasis on the win/loss on each team as much as I do the overall record prediction. Teams lose players including the bucs. There is always a sleeper team that makes the playoffs and teams predicted to go to the playoffs ending the season with sub par records. This happens every year. If we win 7 games this year I believe it is due to our opponents having key injuries and we do not. Also, Freeman will have to play very good. I say 5 wins is reasonable this year but we are turning the ship around. Our youth is going to bring painful experiences but with our coaches I think they become valuable learning experiences for the near future. All I do know for sure is that every time kickoff starts the game I will believe we will win and be frustrated when we lose. Go Bucs!! I will be making noise every time they have the ball!
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    I think more losses than wins the first half but by the end it will be 8 wins and 8 losses if we don't have more injuries.
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    Scott, I wonder if you saw 7-9 in your cereal this morning and just threw darts at the schedule to find those wins. Just kidding, of course, but seven wins with this schedule are really hard to find. That said, every year we proceed with predictions based on what the opponents did LAST YEAR. Truth is, we have no idea what these teams are at the start of a new season. I heard the Fakcons were picked ... again. Really? Still the better teams are known to us because of their management and veterans. My own predictions start with an apology to myself that we're missing Joseph still, I'm thinking 5 or 6 wins and have no idea where they're coming from. Go Bucs!
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    The Bucs almost always spit with the Saints, Cats & Falcons. Look in the past.
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    With drop and fumble Happy Preston Parker still on the team, a mediocre run game, lack of player depth and a bland offensive scheme....I see us doing 7-9 or worse!!!! Just keep'n it real! I'd like to see Josh run a bit more like he did his freshman year when those passing lanes aren't open to open up the secondary like Cam does. Our run game so far in pre-season has been less than spectacular. I said it before and I'll say it again, we got rid of one of the few bright spots on offense by releasing Underwood! Play calling needs to get better and we still have some more rebuilding to do apparently!
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    It is my prediction that the take away from the early part of the season will not be how bad the defense plays (I actually think they will exceed low expectations), rather how much Josh Freeman is going to struggle. With the new system and some new receivers, I do not feel they are close being on the same page as of yet.
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    At best 9-7 and the worst would be 6-10. The 3 games is up to the football gods (luck).
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    I disagree with the ones who say we are in a rebuilding year. The rebuilding took place after the 2008 season on up till offseason before the 2010 season. the rebuilding has already been done. we had become a good team until the last 10 games of last season. Schiano was brought in to get us back to that level and beyond .GO SCHIANO AND ENTIRE BUCCANEER ORGANIZATION IN 2012, LETS KICK BUTT.
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    Will revisit this weekly.....
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