A few weeks ago, Bucs fans everywhere were thinking the same thing they have thought the last several years in Tampa Bay. Well here goes another season and we are not going to make the playoffs. The Bucs were sitting at 3-5 and looking up to the majority of the teams in the NFC. Since that week, they have won the last 5 games in a row and have beaten some really good teams on the road and at home. Just when it seemed that all had been lost, the Bucs have come surging out in the second half of the season and are in the hunt now for a playoff spot. Moving forward, the Bucs control their own destiny and will need to play some good football heading into the final 3 games of the season.
The Tampa Bay Bucs are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now and their young team is gaining confidence each and every week. Quarterback, Jameis Winston, has stepped up big time and become the leader that he was when he was in college at Florida State. Sunday, they beat division rival, New Orleans Saints, at home for their 5th straight win in a row. "Five in a row is a nice little accomplishment but, we're not where we want to be yet," coach Dirk Koetter said. "We've got bigger fish to fry right now." Finally, the team has gotten running back, Doug Martin, back and he is healthy, giving them the extra boost they needed on offense.
The Bucs’ defense has been stepping up big time lately and again it showed on Sunday, when they held the NFL's leading passer to zero touchdowns. The Bucs were able to get to Drew Brees early and often, and he was disrupted all game long. Doug Martin scored on a 1-yard run, Roberto Aguayo kicked three field goals and an improving defense intercepted Drew Brees three times. Bucs fans everywhere hope they can keep their winning streak alive, but they know it will be tough this week as the team travels to Dallas to play the Cowboys. Right now, the Cowboys are the hottest team in the NFL and are also currently leading the NFC division. The Bucs will have to show up and play great football if they want to get the win in Dallas.
Brees began the day leading the league in completions, attempts, completion percentage, passing yards and TD passes, but failed to throw for a touchdown for the second straight week. This is the first time he's done that in consecutive games since 2009. The Bucs defense was in the Saints backfield all afternoon long and the end result was a big win for the home team. The Bucs have won five straight games, for the first time since 2002 , which was the season they went on to win their only Super Bowl. The surge has them in contention for their first playoff berth since 2007. "It's huge. The first time he hasn't thrown a touchdown (against us) and also the first time in Jameis' career he hasn't got one," Koetter said. "I think that also says a lot about how far our guys have come that we can find different ways to win." The Bucs are feeling confident and the whole city of Tampa Bay can feel it right now.