There is a history in the NFC South Division of teams being able to go from worst to first in a single season. Quite frankly though, you’d probably have a better chance with the state lottery than cashing a ticket on the Buccaneeers to win the division in 2010. After their 3-13 campaign a year ago, the rebuilding effort continues this season behind head coach Raheem Morris. In no lesser words, Tampa Bay is buried behind New Orleans, Carolina, and Atlanta, and hence bound for the basement again. Let’s look at the Bucs’ upcoming season. NFL Lines
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 2009 Record:3-13 (-0.5 ML Units), 6-10 ATS DIVISION:NFC South COACH:Raheem Morris, 2nd year (3-13 SU, 6-10 ATS) STADIUM:Raymond James Stadium Odds to win Super Bowl XLV:100 to 1, NFC Title:50 to 1 StatFox Power Rating:15 (#24 of 32) StatFox Outplay Factor Rating:-7.1 (#26 of 32)
2009 Key Team Stats & NFL Ranks Scoring Differential: -9.8 (#29 of 32) Yardage Differential: -78 (#27 of 32) Yards Per Play Differential: -0.84 (#27 of 32) Yards Per Point Differential: -4.30 (#29 of 32) Turnover Differential: -5 (#22 of 32) Total Offense (Yards Per Game): 287.6 (#28 of 32) Total Defense (Yards Per Game): 365.6 (#27 of 32)
2010 SCHEDULE: Strength – 20.06 (23rd toughest of 32) DATE – OPPONENT, TIME 9/12/10 – CLEVELAND, 1:00 PM 9/19/10 – at Carolina, 1:00 PM 9/26/10 – PITTSBURGH, 1:00 PM 10/10/10 – at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM 10/17/10 – NEW ORLEANS, 1:00 PM 10/24/10 – ST LOUIS, 1:00 PM 10/31/10 – at Arizona, 4:15 PM 11/7/10 – at Atlanta, 1:00 PM 11/14/10 – CAROLINA, 1:00 PM 11/21/10 – at San Francisco, 4:05 PM 11/28/10 – at Baltimore, 1:00 PM 12/5/10 – ATLANTA, 1:00 PM 12/12/10 – at Washington, 1:00 PM 12/19/10 – DETROIT, 1:00 PM 12/26/10 – SEATTLE, 1:00 PM 1/2/11 – at New Orleans, 1:00 PM
Sample StatFox Power Trend for 2010
TAMPA BAY is on a 27-8 UNDER the total (+18.2 Units) run in the first two weeks of the season The Average Score was TAMPA BAY 15.7, OPPONENT 15.7 Football Betting Lines
The Buccaneers were painful to watch at times in their first season under Raheem Morris, who had to wait until November for his first NFL head coaching victory. Unfortunately, despite a string of recent turnarounds in this division, another last-place finish in the NFC South seems likely…The Bucs gained more yards than only four teams and need to improve across the board to be competitive in a division with three offensive-minded clubs. QB Josh Freeman made his pro debut and finished with 1,855 yards, 10 touchdowns and 20 giveaways. Tight end Kellen Winslow caught a team-leading 77 balls for 884 yards and five touchdowns. If nothing else, the new wideout corps has promise. It could only be a matter of time before rookies Arrelious Benn (2b-Illinois) and Mike Williams (4-Syracuse) top the depth chart. The front office invested plenty of dough in RB Derrick Ward last offseason, but not many touches. In fact, Carnell Williams had nearly twice as many yards (823) and carries (211) than Ward. The line lacks a household name but brings back four starters…It seems like yesterday when Tampa Bay’s defense was one of the league’s most-feared units but 2009 saw it get pushed around weekly. The Bucs allowed 5,849 yards, worst in the league, and 46 touchdowns. Improvement is vital, and the numbers justify the front office investing three of its first four draft picks on defensive players, including highly touted tackle Gerald McCoy (1-Oklahoma), who brings exceptional quickness and ability to a defense that sorely needs a rising star. LB Barrett Ruud, who paced the team with 142 tackles, should hopefully see a lesser load with McCoy stopping things upfront… The Bucs received high grades for their draft but remain in rebuilding mode. It will be at least another year before they’ll sniff playoff contention. Continued growth of Freeman would be a positive sign. NFL Scores
YouWager.com Regular Season Wins Prop: Over/Under 5.5 StatFox Steve’s Take: I don’t think I can sugercoat this one…Tampa Bay has its hands full and is overmatched in the NFC South Division. All of the Bucs’ road games are against teams considered to be playoff contenders. I can three or four wins possibly, but no way does that number reach six. UNDER.
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