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    macabee

    Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the Bucs schedule may have gotten a bit easier. We don’t have all of our weapons back, but we’re doing the best we can with the rest. Adam Schefter reports that ASJ will be cleared to play this week. Cameron Brate is making his return a non-issue, but the more weapons we have, the better. It looks like we may play the last 4 games without Kwon Alexander, but Lavonte David is back in a big way. I like where the Bucs are today.

    We just opened a can on the Eagles in their den of dismal humanity and I’m emboldened – talking bad and taking names! Now it’s still too early to start talking playoffs, but we’re in good position to win a few more games. Take stroll with me down the rest of the schedule.

    The Colts will have no Luck –Andrew Luck that is, as he will be out with fractured ribs and a lacerated kidney. The OC, Pep Hamilton, has been fired and the HC, Chuck Pagano, is a lame duck. QB Matt Hasselbeck is 40 years old and can still play, but they can’t find a running game behind once great RB Frank Gore and WR T.Y. Hilton isn’t in top form due to injury.

    The Falcons have lost 3 in a row and play the Vikings next. They may be chopped liver by the time we get to them. For some reason, Matt Ryan has turned into a turnover machine (10) and their defense has all but disappeared. On top of that, we’ve been there and done that. We beat them at their home, no reason not to beat them at ours.

    The Saints are falling apart as we speak – the worst defense in the NFL. DC Rob Ryan has been fired and HC Sean Payton has been given permission to pursue other jobs at seasons end. Drew Brees is still a hand full, but we beat’em in the dome, we can beat’em at home!

    This is our TNF “Color Rush” game. Look for our Bucs to be resplendent in bright pewter and red. The Rams defense will be tough sledding, but their offense has fallen apart lately. The Ravens came from behind 10 points to beat them this week as Nick Foles has been benched in favor of Case Keenum who is now in concussion protocol. If we play them like we played the Cowboys and Eagles, we can squeak out a win here, but it won’t be easy!

    Even though the Bears fell to Peytonless Denver this week, they are better than most people think. Cutler is playing his best football in years and has been deadly accurate, but tends to crater under pressure. Of all the games on the remaining schedule, Lovie Smith will not want to lose this one – for one it’s da Bears and two it’s our last home game. The defense will have to win this game and I believe they will.

    If there is any game remaining that the Bucs will probably lose, it is this one. But wait a minute, hold the presses. I’m assuming the Panthers have already clinched their playoff berth and may not want to risk injury to key players. Remember the 2009 Super Bowl season of the Saints. They would go on to set the record for the longest undefeated season opening (13–0) by an NFC team since the AFL–NFL merger. They would then lose their last 3 games, the second of which to the Bucs 20-17 in the dome (remember Big Frank Okam).

    While I don’t wish misfortune on any team or player, you play the hand you’re dealt. While some would call it luck, I prefer to believe like others that when opportunity meets preparation, you win! We’re going to get some of our weapons back soon – couple that with preparation and the opportunities (misfortune) afforded by our opponents, we could win a few more games – probably not as many as I suggested (lost my head) – but more than originally thought. Go Bucs!

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      EastEndBoy

      Nicely put mac

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      Entre

      Agree with everything you said mac except for the thing about not thinking playoffs yet. Im thinking playoffs. We are a full game ahead of every NFC team for the last wildcard spot except the Vikings, Packers, Falcons, and Seahawks. Either the Vikings or Packers will win the north. If you assume the other team will get one wildcard spot, then our real competition is the Falcons and Seahawks. The Seahawks schedule is much tougher than ours, and I am confident that we can win more games then them down the stretch. So the real focus in on the Falcons. They play the Vikings which is probably a loss for the Falcons with the way they have been playing. If we beat the colts, both us and the Falcons will be 6-5 when we play them in Tampa. A second win against them would give us a full game advantage and the head to head advantage. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself because we do have a rookie QB and a young team, but I predict the Bucs finish 5-1 or 6-0 and make the playoffs.

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    Horse

    Macabee; you got it all and then some.

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    e

    I wonder how much the defense is going to miss Alexander in the middle? They were starting to find their rhythm. I wonder if we lose some on D and we have ASJ back, we gain on O… Should we expect more high scoring games over the coming weeks? I’m not so concerned about playoffs as I am seeing Winston develop this year. It’s interesting that Cam threw his first four & five TD game of his career yesterday along with Winston, but in his fifth year. Jameis did it in 10 games. I have a feeling that the bandwagon is going to start fill up here, gents…

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    jerseybucsfan

    Great post Macabee. We have a one-game edge on Seattle in conference losses. We have a chance.

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    wnb0395

    Agree completely with Mac post. The 2 games that worry me the most are The Bears and Rams. The Rams game will be there last home game of the year and possibly ever with the talk of them moving to LA. I have tix to the game and cant wait to watch the Bucs live. The Bears have been playing really good ball lately. Playing Carolina late in the season could work to our advantage as long as they still aren’t undefeated they should sit there starters. I don’t see why we couldn’t finish 3-3 or 4-2.

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    plopes808

    We have a chance in all of our remaining games. There is no team left on the schedule that I look at and think we can’t win. We played Carolina in a really close game despite Winston throwing all those picks so imagine what we could do now, especially if they’re sitting their starters. Things are definitely looking up for us, I don’t see us losing more than 1-2 the rest of the year. Wildcard doesn’t look to be out of the question. Go Bucs!

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    drdneast

    Good write macabee. Are you interning for a slot at PR.

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    ColoradoBuc

    macabee: that was just what I had been thinking since yesterday – All of the remaining games are winnable, so it’s just a matter of how many we will win. As we seem to be a team on the rise, the number is likely to be larger rather than smaller.

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    fredster

    Trying to not get hopes up too much and taking 1 game at a time and I hope the Bucs are also. Looking at that schedule, with guys getting healthy, way they are playing last couple weeks,etc. it does appear to me that getting on a roll could very well happen. Let’s just beat the Cokts and see what happens next. Go Bucs!

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