The Tampa Bay Buccanneers have had a disappointing season so far. As with every year, hopes were high but a 4-7 record going into December has put a damper on the team’s morale. Their most recent loss was to the Atlanta Falcons, next week the Bucs play Green Bay. The good news is that quarterback, Jameis Winston will likely be returning to his starting position after missing three games to recover from a shoulder injury. It has been less than a month since he was out and coaches are hoping that it was enough time for Winston to properly heal. During his absence, backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took the reigns and came up with an impressive 2-1 record. In contrast, Winston went 2-2 before his shoulder injury then 0-4 until doctors finally decided to pull him out to be treated and heal properly.
It has been an entire decade since the Buccaneers went to the playoffs. The team is hoping for a better wrap up this season and a possible wildcard slot in the 2017 playoffs. The team’s upcoming schedule offers some significant challenges playing against teams with better records. They will be playing Green Bay, Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit, and New Orleans in their final five games of the regular season.
It is uncertain whether or not the Tampa Bay Bucs will be able to grab a coveted spot in this years’ playoffs. The team will have to perform nearly perfect and hope for a lot of errors from their opponents. Head coach Dirk Koetter is likely already plotting his team’s plan of attack, encouraging his players, and testing out Winston’s arm in practice. Even if the post-season doesn’t include the Bucs their loyal fans won’t change allegiance because you know what they say, “Once a Buc, Always a Buc”.