Not only did a come-from-behind, 27-24 win in Pittsburgh produce the first victory of 2014 – and of the Lovie Smith era – for Tampa Bay, it also allowed the Bucs to stay in contention to win the NFC South division.
The Bucs can still win the division – thanks to Sunday losses by Carolina, Atlanta and New Orleans, coupled with a Tampa Bay victory at Heinz Field.
The Bucs are still last in the NFC South with a 1-3 record, but they have some company as the Saints, whom Tampa Bay faces in New Orleans on Sunday, also fell to 1-3 last night with a brutal 38-17 loss at Dallas. Carolina, which started off the season 2-0, has lost its last two games and is now 2-2 on the season after a 38-10 thrashing at Baltimore. Atlanta is with Carolina with a 2-2 mark thanks to a 41-28 loss at Minnesota on Sunday, but they are 2-1 and a half game back in the division.
What hurts Tampa Bay is its 0-2 start in the division and its 0-3 record in the NFC. Carolina is still in the driver’s seat atop the division with a 2-0 mark in the NFC South. However, a win on Sunday at the Mercedes Benz Superdome over New Orleans would move the Bucs into third place ahead of the Saints with 11 games left in the 2014 campaign.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck with beating NO at home coming off a loss.
It will be a tough place to win a game next Sunday. But, we all thought a victory IN Pittsburg would be impossible.
We just beat a team we’ve never beat in their house for the first time in franchise history. Who are we to doubt the Bucs ability to beat the Saints in their house? Especially when we beat them there in 2009 (remember their owner celebrating too soon from the owner’s box) and 2010. Go Bucs, there’s always hope!
From walking to running. Getting the Tampa 2 back to form will take a while. Derrick Brooks said this squad needs time/experience. But happy for Lovie’s first win. Now let’s give the guy some slack for a few weeks. The Bucs are not winning the NFC South, but I would like to see continued improvement, especially in the defense.
Agreed that the Bucs will not win the division, but I’m all for seeing improvement. As we saw last year with the game at Seattle, the Bucs can hang with anyone – usually on the road – when expectations are low. It is also true to say that the Bucs can lose to any team, anytime, any place. I’m just happy for the win, so no critiquing this one from me. Go Bucs!
I read the headline of this article and I’m wiping the tears from my eyes from laughing as hard as I did, whew thats funny! Next article should be ” Bucs can win divison and go deep into playoffs”, lol
Glad we got a win…..leave it at that.
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at least we’re not talking about the DRAFT!
Go Bucs !
The “Negative Nellies” already out in force. You know, those people who don’t see the glass half empty……they don’t even see the glass. I’m usually over a loss by Wednesdays. But I’d like to enjoy this unexpected victory at least until tomorrow.
I’m not going to be over zealous and I am as “realistic” as anyone. But I’ve been around long enough to know that NFL football has a lot to do with attitude and belief almost as much as talent.
This version of the Saints isn’t accustomed to losing three games in a season, let alone four games. I suspect they have lost a little of that cocky attitude.
Thanks for the memory Pinkstob. That was hysterical when Benson (wasn’t he a butler) was doing his Mary Poppins routine but the umbrella stopped spinning when Bush fumbled. Whoa Nellie!
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