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Ah, everyone’s favorite time of year. No, I’m not talking about time for training camp. I’m talking about preseason predictions from every sports outlet on the web.

(Yes, there was some sarcasm in there.)

Preseason predictions are fun exercises to do because they should be harmless. Though they’re often too similar to the results of the previous year, they can be a good starting point when gauging which teams will make jumps and which teams will have falls for the upcoming season. After all, this is the first time we really get to assess incoming free agents, draft picks and potential cuts that occurred since the final game of the previous season.

According to USA TODAY Sports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of those teams predicted to make a jump – all the way to the playoffs.

The site has the Bucs finishing 10-6 with a Wild Card birth attached to it. The team’s record is tied with two other teams, the New York Giants and the Arizona Cardinals, but according to those doing the predictions, the Bucs will have beaten the Cardinals in their Week 6 match up to gain the head-to-head tie breaker.

The rest of the predictions are pretty standard, although there are definitely some records that are pretty bold one way or the other. So, what do you think? Is 10-6 and the playoff for the Buccaneers realistic? Do you think it happens? And what other records on the predictions caught your eye in a good or bad way?

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Morgan R
4 years ago

“After all, this is the first time we really get to asses incoming free agents” This made me laugh, think you meant “assess”.

4 years ago

love sarcasm!

4 years ago

Of course then folks will take the schedules of each team and predict a victory or loss. Funny how at the end of the season we never see how those folks fared with their forecasts. Those experts are often quite surprised when polls don’t reveal the eventual outcome. It really gets them “hacked” off.

Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Too True. In fact I would suggest never using ANY Predictions unless they are willing to go back and Review them after the season. This site does a Great Job in revisiting their own Predictions after the season. One of the problems with posting a Pro Bucs Prediction is when you look at the other teams Prediction and they Look Horrible. Makes me think they are Wrong about the Bucs. While this has Miami at 7-9, that is far too many wins. The 2016 Miami Dolphins might be one of the Worst Playoff Teams in NFL History. Lets review who… Read more »

4 years ago

16-0 for Pats? They always contend, but what moves did they make off-season that warrants that prediction? Lol.

4 years ago

Yeah, I’m laughing at the Patriots 16-0 prediction also. Heck, I think the Bucs are going to beat them at Ray-J this year!

Reply to  Dude
4 years ago

Clearly they did not look at the Schedule for the Pats. Here are their first 5 games and games in Week 10-15.
1. Kansas City
2. At New Orleans
3. Houston
4. Carolina
5. At Tampa Bay

10. At Denver
11. At Oakland
12. Miami
13. At Buffalo
14. At Miami
15. At Pittsburgh

7 of their 8 Road games are played in these 2 group of games. I see AT least 2 losses in these games, more than likely 4. 12-4 is what I would have predicted.

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