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All games that have implications on the Bucs playoff seeding for Week 16 are now complete. With the Seahawks victory over the Rams, the Bucs now must stay a game ahead of Los Angeles in order to obtain the no. 5 seed. Here are the scenarios for their seeding based on potential Week 17 outcomes.

1. If Bucs win against Atlanta, they will be the No. 5 seed facing the winner of the NFC East on the road in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

2. If the Bucs lose against Atlanta, and the Rams also lose against Arizona, the Bucs will still be the no. 5 seed facing the winner of the NFC East on the road in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

3. If the Bucs lose against Atlanta and the Rams win against Arizona, the Bucs will be the no. 6 seed facing either Green Bay, New Orleans or Seattle, depending on a number of different outcomes.

If the Bucs get the fifth seed, they could potentially play on the road at Dallas, New York or Washington D.C., as all three teams remain alive for the playoffs after Week 16. If Washington defeats Philadelphia next week, they are in as the no. 4 seed. If Washington loses, it opens the door for the winner of Cowboys-Giants to be division champs and host the fifth seed in the first round of the playoffs.

If the Bucs end up as the sixth seed, there is a path to playing Green Bay, New Orleans or Seattle, depending on how several games go. Here’s the most likely outcome, however: the Packers control their own destiny for the top seed, even if they lose to Tennessee on Sunday night. If they beat Chicago in Week 17, they’ll have the first round bye. If the Saints beat the Panthers and the Seahawks beat the 49ers in Week 17 as expected, the Bucs would travel to Seattle for the first round of the playoffs.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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thewbacca
8 months ago

In the name of all that is still good and pure with this world, please minimize starter playing time. Get Evans his 40 yards and call it a day. I know Brady is tough but SIT HIM DOWN!!

toofamiliar17
Reply to  thewbacca
8 months ago

If we had nothing to either gain or lose with this game, I’d be right there with you. But there’s a big difference between facing the awful winner of the NFC East and facing one of Seattle, Green Bay, or New Orleans in the first round. Give me the chance to go out and earn our way to the easiest first round matchup possible, and I’ll play for it all day.

PewterPose
8 months ago

How bout we get that fifth seed

SappAttack
8 months ago

You play to win the game. Win and get the worst team on paper in the bracket, period. Run the ball to spare Brady and wind the clock, keep the defense fresh in the process. If there’s any game you ground and pound, it’s this Sunday.

AlstottSmash
Reply to  SappAttack
8 months ago

Hello?! :D

compewterpirate
8 months ago

Both for winning momentum and optimum seeding we need to win next Sunday. There should be no resting any starters. A match-up on the road against one of the mediocre NFC East teams, followed by a probable game at the Packers, is a much better scenario for us than a trip to the West Coast to play the Seahawks, followed by a likely trip to New Orleans.

Last edited 8 months ago by compewterpirate
scubog
8 months ago

As the Chiefs learned yesterday, the Falcons are no pushover and seem to be playing hard for Raheem. Winning this game is priority # 1. Once victory is assured, then sit whomever you want. I suspect the Falcons will come to play and we will need everyone to get the W. Then, as TB12 says, “Let’s Gooooooooo!”
This discussion sure beats debating which “savior” the Bucs should select in the 2021 Draft.

surferdudes
8 months ago

The only two teams I don’t want to face in the first round are G.B., and N.O.. G.B. will have the bye, so they’re out. If we get N.O. first so be it. I feel their chances of beating us three times will be hard to do.

Go Bucs 72
8 months ago

We must get the 5 seed. Resting players never works. It ALWAYS kills a teams momentum.. If we’re up 3 scores in the second half, then you can pull some players. You can’t play football worried about injuries.

scubog
Reply to  Go Bucs 72
8 months ago

Love the “Duthty” Rhodes avatar. “Big Dust” and his girlfriend sat right behind my wife and me at the Redskins-Raiders Super Bowl here at the old “Sombrero” back in 1983. The girlfriend spent the whole game going back and forth to the concessions to get Dusty beer.
My favorite Dusty comment was when Terry Funk made fun of Dusty’s dad being a plumber, to which Dusty replied, “At least I knew who my Daddy was.”

Captain Sly
8 months ago

There are no easy victories in the NFL, you need to play to win every game. This idea of let’s keep the #5 seed so we face an easy nfc east team is fantasy…The Bucs need to go out handle business against the falcons and let next game handle itself. Because if you can’t beat the falcons you can forget about beating the Cowboys!

Horse
8 months ago

I don’t want us playing in that awful of a stadium and that weather in Green Bay; so “just win baby, just win!”

Spruce
8 months ago

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why the Bucs should treat this like a playoff game. They win and they get to play yet another sub 500 team in their first game. Come on man that’s a no brainer. Just a magical year for the team feasting on one of the easiest schedules in the NFL. Actually the entire division got the same easy schedule. Now a shot to extend that luck. Here’s a fun fact. Much is made of the Brady vs Belichick post split competition that clearly if it exists Brady easily won. However Belichick got… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  Spruce
8 months ago

Here’s a fun fact…..Brady won, Belichick lost. Period, end of discussion. And saying the Pats had a shot at 2 more quality wins is asinine seeing as their final game is against the 2-13 Jets. And I’m so sick and tired of hearing about the schedule. The Saints have played the exact same schedule as we did. So if we’re frauds, they’re frauds. And if you think we’re a fraud, they should be considered an even bigger fraud, because their only 2 quality wins have come against us. So which one is it? Either we’re overrated, and the Saints have… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
Randy H.
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

The Saints did not play the exact same schedule. They played different teams from the NFC East and West.

Dave
Reply to  Randy H.
8 months ago

Really? You’re going to play this game. Obviously they didn’t play 100% the same schedule. For all intents and purposes, it’s the same schedule. In fact, the Saints had the easier schedule if you want to be completely honest. The one difference In the schedule is the Bucs got the Giants and Rams. The Saints got the Eagles(who they lost to btw) and 49ers. And the 49ers basically had their practice squad out there, and were missing their 4 best offensive players(Garoppolo, Kittle, Mostert, and Deebo Samuel). And were missing their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd string RB’s(Mostert, Coleman, and Wilson).… Read more »

Spruce
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

I have not idea why you’re so angry all the time. It’s a fact. The Patriots had more wins against winning teams then either the Saints or Bucs. It’s just an interesting aside. On average both the Saint and Bucs schedules were favorable in the extreme. It’s not a bad thing it’s what teams hope for. It’s the very thing that may get the Bucs a losing team in the first round. The Bucs got the best quality win over Green Bay that is negated by the two Saints wins over the Bucs as you stated. I don’t like using… Read more »

Spruce
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

That was bad I’ll admit. Somehow I was thinking Bills and Dolphins and it was the Bills and Jets. And the Pat’s will likely lose to the Jets. If there is a Belichick/Brady competition clearly Brady won in the short run. Brady has a really short shelf life with the clock ticking so forget about next year this one may be the time to make hay. What can I say about the Pat’s they’re a wreck. QB, TE’s, receivers, linebackers, defensive line. It’s a multi year project for sure.Just being relevant in the division could be a challenge. Tampa may… Read more »

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