The Buccaneers dropped to 1-8 on the season after last week's 27-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Their 1-8 record matches their exact record through 9 games a year ago.
Over the past several weeks, I think we can all agree that the Bucs have not had the toughest gauntlet of games in their way. Actually, the Bucs schedule has been fairly soft, which makes you even more concerned about their overall record. It might be alarming to some to see how easy the Bucs schedule has been this year.
Bucs opponents this season have a combined record of 38-45-1. Other than their own division and their game against the Cleveland Browns, the Bucs have not faced the top two teams in any division this year.For comparison, the Jacksonville Jaguars opponents have a combined record of 53-39-1 through 10 games, while the Raiders opponents through 9 games have a combined record of 51-32. The Raiders have faced teams like the Browns, Patriots, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Broncos.
Over their final 7 games, the Bucs will face the top two teams in the NFC North (Lions, Packers) and the 2nd team in the AFC North (Bengals), but their schedule over those final 7 games is just slightly tougher with opponents having a combined record so far of 31-31-2.
They say you can only play the teams on your schedule, and that's fine. However, when your schedule is as weak as the Bucs' schedule has been this year, the fans should be rewarded with a better record.
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