It’s that time of the offseason when we start to really look ahead to the fall, with predictions and hot takes coming out on the daily. The Bucs are always a hot topic these days, and NFL Network analyst Adam Rank was the latest to try his hand at predicting the team’s 2022 regular season.

Going game by game, Rank predicted a second consecutive 13-4 season for Tampa Bay. His predictions featured a hot start for the Bucs, with a season-opening win over the Cowboys in Dallas. Then, however, he had the team losing its eighth consecutive regular season game against the Saints. Following a 1-1 start on the road, Rank likes the Bucs’ chances to come home and beat the Packers, Chiefs and Falcons. Those three consecutive home wins would have them at 4-1 through five games.

The second loss in these predictions comes in Week 6. Rank calls for a Tampa Bay loss in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. It’s another hot run for the Bucs coming out of that game, though. Rank has them picking up wins over the Panthers, Ravens, Rams and Seahawks before the bye week.

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Saints QB Taysom Hill

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Saints QB Taysom Hill – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Coming out of the bye week at 8-2, the Bucs would be in a great spot to potentially finish as the NFC’s top seed. But Rank has them losing back-to-back games after the week off. First comes a loss to the Browns on the road in Week 12. Then, he predicts a ninth straight regular season loss to the Saints. That certainly wouldn’t go over well.

With another season sweep at the hands of New Orleans in the rearview mirror, the Bucs finish strong in Rank’s predictions. He has them beating the 49ers, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Falcons to end the season on a five-game winning streak. That would put Tampa Bay at 13-4.

Just last year, Tom Brady helped the Bucs to a franchise-record 13 wins. After a brief 40-day retirement this offseason, can he do it again in 2022?

Posting another 13-4 record would give the Bucs a 37-13 regular season record during Brady’s time in Tampa Bay. That’ll play.

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Gatorbait36
Gatorbait36
19 days ago

You lost me at losing to Trubisky or Pickett or…..doesn’t matter. Pitt is in for a LONG year.

fredster
fredster
19 days ago

13 wins sounds right but I don’t see them losing to Steelers either or being swept by Saints again. Brady is tried of losing to Saints. I think they beat Steelers and at worst split with Saints.

Ted in Tampa
Ted in Tampa
Reply to  fredster
19 days ago

It doesn’t really matter how “tired” #12 is losing o the Saints. The main reason the Bucs historically lose to the Saints is because the Bucs have the worst left OLINE tackle in the NFL and the Saints routinely abuse him. Last year, three out of five Bucs OLINEmen made either first team All Pro, Second Team All Pro, or Alternate All Pro. Did Donovan Smith make anything – Nope! In his six seasons with the Bucs, has Donovan Smith ever made first team, second team, or even alternate All Pro – NOPE!

fredster
fredster
Reply to  Ted in Tampa
19 days ago

First of all I’m not a Donovan Smith fan at all, but if you think losses are dependent on one player then your an idiot! Also Go back and watch the film too I can tell you 100% you will see the o line not play well in general and even Wirfs got pushed around in those losses. I blame the play calling on offense more than the play of one LT. They never establish run and they put themselves in bad positions with Saints.

Lazyeyez0012
Lazyeyez0012
Reply to  fredster
19 days ago

I agree here with Fredster. Sorry ted. The biggest reason for our record of the saints is us being one dimensional on offense when we have played them. i used to hate on D. Smith a lot too, but if you are willing to see him for the past 2 years from a different lense, he has played worlds better than prior in his career. is he a top LT in the league, no, but he has held his own as of late.

NaplesFan2.0
NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  Ted in Tampa
19 days ago

I wonder how many other lies you can spew on here. This comment looks to be ok, but saying the business of PFF tells its own customers that they can’t rank o lineman well is hilarious, not to mention you saying Donovan Smith lead the o line in sacks and pressures allowed. He didn’t. What a jackass lmao.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Ted in Tampa
19 days ago

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and “their truth” Ted, but you might want to watch a few games and focus on LT. We didn’t lose to the Saints because of #76. Main reason was the loss of #14.

surferdudes
surferdudes
19 days ago

Pittsburgh sucks, yet a lot of “experts” have us losing to them. Bucs sweep N.O. also. Saints suck, so does their QB.

scubog
scubog
19 days ago

I sure hope we don’t lose to the Steelers since I’ll be at the game. Look for me, I’ll be the one in the red shirt. I’m sure there will be others.