The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2007 season, but that’s not going to stop them. They came close last year, and with DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard in the building, they’ve got enough talent to push them over the top. Jameis Winston should take the next step to becoming a top-10 quarterback, and Mike Smith has the tools to build an excellent defense — as we saw at the end of last season.
If Winston gets injured, the Bucs are obviously screwed. That’s a boring answer, though, and there’s another scenario: any defensive starter misses significant time, or otherwise collapses. The Bucs’ defense is held together by a lot of “ifs,” and there’s not a lot of depth at most positions — if Brent Grimes finally hits the age wall, if Vernon Hargreaves can’t improve, if Noah Spence isn’t the sack artist they hope he is, if the safeties continue to be terrible, the defense could be overwhelmed really easily.
The Jaguars are our biggest rival. There are no external rivals when you haven’t had a winning season since George W. Bush was in office. The Jaguars can’t draft a quarterback to save their life, they hang on to the bad ones for years too long, they waste draft capital reaching for guys like Derrick Harvey and Justin Blackmon, and then they mismanage their team, roster, scheme — EVERYTHING — as if it were 1995 again.
Pistachios. It’s way too much work for something that’s not even good, and they shouldn’t even be there in the first place.
I will say this — the team keeps hope alive within this fan base better than any other perpetual loser around the league. I see Cheap Nike Jerseys more optimism for this team than I do for the New York Jets or the Cheap Packer Jerseys Cleveland Browns, two teams that I’d put us in the same tier as.