Now that the Buccaneers have been officially eliminated from the playoffs, we aren't having to hear about how the Bucs are still in the hunt from Lovie anymore. However, we should all expect to hear about the spoilers role the Bucs can now play.
No team will be bigger fans of the Buccaneers over the next three weeks than the Atlanta Falcons. With the Saints and Falcons tied for the division lead at 5-8 with the Panthers at 4-8-1 on the year, the Bucs still have games against the Panthers and Saints before the season is done. Of course, the Saints and Panthers will be fans of the Bucs when they are the ones not playing the Bucs.
In 10 days, the Bucs will face the Packers. While you'd have to be intoxicated or mentally insane to believe the Bucs had any shot in this game, there will be plenty of teams hoping the unexpected happens. The Lions are still battling the Packers for the division lead, while teams like the Cardinals, Eagles, and Cowboys are still hoping for a bye week to start the playoffs.
The only teams that might be bigger fans of the Bucs over the final than the Falcons will be teams battling for draft position. The Bucs biggest threat for the top overall pick will be the Tennessee Titans. the Titans face the Jets and Jaguars over the next two weeks, both of which will also be fans of the Buccaneers. Also, don't forget the Raiders. While we were all Raiders fans last week, they will return the favor and hope for Bucs victories over the next three weeks.
It might be the first time in a very long time, but it appears as if there is no shortage of rooting interest in the Bucs over the next several weeks. If only there was a way to get some of these folks to buy season tickets for next season.
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