Bucs' Morris: We're best team in the NFC

The Bucs aren't drawing much of a home crowd, but coach Raheem Morris declares his team the best in the conference after their comeback win over the Rams.

So if we've got this right, it's going to be the New York Jets and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. It's all but set.

Or maybe not. But given the statements of Jets coach Rex Ryan last week and Bucs coach Raheem Morris on Sunday, it would be difficult to think otherwise. But they both have a point.

After his team beat the St. Louis Rams in the final 10 seconds, Morris declared to the St. Petersburg Times: "I like where we are. We're 4-2. We're the best team in the NFC. Yeah, I said it. We're excited."

Of course, it took a big comeback to beat the Rams, who led 17-3 at one point in the second quarter. But it's doubtful anyone is noticing: The crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa totaled just 42,020 – a season low and more than 23,000 short of capacity.

Maybe Morris' pronouncement will inspire the Bucs' ticket-buying public. They could use a little of the excitement the Jets have generated in New York.

Ryan's team had the weekend off, but even though they've needed a little luck and guile to get to 5-1, their coach has been his hyperbolic best this season.

"Absolutely, it's hard to say that we're not the best team in the league," Ryan said after the Jets beat the Denver Broncos two Sundays ago.

So there you have it. Jets-Bucs at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Will it happen? Right now, they've both got better shots than the host team.


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