If the playoffs started today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would win the NFC South division and secure a spot in the playoffs.

The Bucs are 8-4 on the season and own a three-game lead in the NFC South division race with four games remaining in the 2007 regular season.

The Bucs will travel to Houston to take on the 5-7 Texans in Reliant Stadium on Sunday. A Tampa Bay win or a loss by the Carolina Panthers will give the Bucs their second NFC South division title over the past two seasons.

In the meantime, PewterReport.com will keep Tampa Bay fans updated on how the Bucs fit into the NFC playoff picture as the regular season winds down.

NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

DIVISION LEADERS

DALLAS 11-1 (NFC East)
Remaining Schedule: @ Detroit, Philadelphia, @ Carolina, @ Washington

Green Bay 10-2 (NFC North)
Remaining Schedule: Oakland, @ St. Louis, @ Chicago, Detroit

Seattle 8-4 (NFC West)
Remaining Schedule: Arizona, @ Carolina, Baltimore, @ Atlanta

Tampa Bay 8-4 (NFC South)
Remaining Schedule: @ Houston, Atlanta, @ San Francisco, Carolina

WILD CARDS

New York Giants 8-4
Remaining Schedule: @ Philadelphia, Washington, @ Buffalo, New England

Arizona 6-6
Remaining Schedule: @ Seattle, @ New Orleans, Atlanta, St. Louis

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

Detroit Lions 6-6
Remaining Schedule: Dallas, @San Diego, Kansas City, @ Green Bay

Minnesota Vikings 6-6
Remaining Schedule: @ San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, @ Denver

Carolina Panthers 5-7
Remaining Schedule: @ Jacksonville, Seattle, Dallas, @ Tampa Bay

Chicago Bears 5-7
Remaining Schedule: @ Washington, @ Minnesota, Green Bay, New Orleans

New Orleans Saints 5-7
Remaining Schedule: @ Atlanta, Arizona, Philadelphia, @ Chicago

Philadelphia 5-7
Remaining Schedule: New York Giants, @ Dallas, @ New Orleans, Buffalo

Washington 5-7
Remaining Schedule: Chicago, @ New York Giants, @ Minnesota, Dallas

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