The Bucs might be 1-5 on the season, but with the NFC South being the worst division in the NFL this season, some believe the Bucs are still a legit contender for the division crown. Let's just hold on a second.
It is simple to look at the Panthers, Saints, and Falcons this season, and say the Bucs have a chance. Unfortunately for the Bucs, they've already lost to each of those teams this season, which does put them behind the eight ball.
"Each team is flawed," NFL Films' Greg Cosell said Thursday on 98.7 The Fan about the frontrunner in the NFC South. "I guess I'd have to say the Saints, but I'm not saying that with any conviction."
The Saints, Falcons, and Panthers all have issues to deal with. For the Saints, the talent is there, but their defense has consistently struggled, and missing Jimmy Graham has hurt. The Falcons are weak along both of their lines, but their offensive line might be the worst in the NFL. The Panthers issues heading into the season are still issues now with their lack of depth at receiver, cornerback, and offensive line.
"You've got the four worst defensive teams in the NFL statistically in the NFL all residing in the NFC South," Cosell said.
Unfortunately, the Bucs are the worst in yards allowed and points against. The Bucs coaches and players, most notably Gerald McCoy, have talked a good game over the past two weeks, but now it's time to stop talking the talk, and start walking the walk.
Theoretically in these next four games (for the Bucs), they're going to have to win three of them if they are really going to think about being involved in any mix come the final month of the season," Greg Cosell said of the Bucs chances in the division.
The Bucs have the Vikings on Sunday, followed by a trip to Cleveland to play the Browns, home for the Falcons, and on the road against the Washington Redskins. I'll take it one step further than Greg Cosell. The Bucs must win three out of the next four games, AND one of those wins MUST be against the Falcons if they want games in late November and December to matter.
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