I'm going to try and make this piece as serious as possible. The Buccaneers can still mathematically make the playoffs this season. I know, you're probably like me and don't want to hear it, but it is a fact. Of course, the Bucs will need an absolute miracle to reach these odds.
According to SportsClubsStats.com and BusinessInsider.com, the Bucs have a 0.00000175% of making the playoffs in 2014. They say that the Bucs made the playoffs 66 times in 3.8 billion simulations of the remaining four weeks.
So, how can the Bucs achieve this very unlikely goal? Well, first they'd have to win their remaining games, which include Sunday against the Lions and the hottest team in football, the Green Bay Packers in two weeks.
The Bucs would also need a little help (courtesy of BusinessInsider.com):
"The Bucs also need the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints to tie when they face each other in week 16 and both of those teams would have to lose their other remaining games. If that happens, both teams will finish 5-10-1."
"The Bucs would also need the Carolina Panthers to beat the Saints, lose to the Bucs, lose to the Browns, and then beat the Falcons in their final game. If that happens, the Panthers would also finish 5-10-1."
There you have it! If just a few things go the Bucs way, we'll all be talking about the playoffs.
Until then, I'll be focused on the Bucs ending with a top 2 draft pick.
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