Just as fans can’t get caught up in the “Bucs to the Super Bowl” hype, neither should they put much stock in a computer formula that is run almost two months before teams even open training camp.
Injuries will have a bearing, players overachieving, or underperforming will also factor in, and then of course there is a big heaping pile of luck that is involved. Still, it is kind of surprising that this analytical formula would predict the Bucs to have one less win than they did in 2016, especially after the general consensus around the country is the Buccaneers are a team on the rise.
Will they reach the Super Bowl? I am not a betting man, but if I was, I wouldn’t be parting with any of my hard earned cash in Vegas laying odds on it happening. However, barring any major injuries I would take the over on 8 wins. And I believe most who have seen the transformation of this football team closeup, would do the same.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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