The Bucs played the Atlanta Falcons earlier this year. It was in Atlanta and the date was November 7. The Buccaneers made it a game, but lost 27-21. This might not sound impressive considering the Bucs lost, but the Falcons have the longest home winning streak in 50 years, so to come within a touchdown of a victory is pretty impressive. But the Bucs have more important things on their mind. They know that they must win to have a realistic shot at the playoffs. As it stands right now, the Eagles would win the NFC East, the Bears would win the NFC North, the Falcons would win the NFC South, and the Rams would win the NFC West. The Giants, Packers, and Bucs all have 7-4 records, but there are only two wildcard spots available. 

The Bucs are a legitimate playoff threat. They have the best young QB in the league in Josh Freeman, one of the best young receivers in Mike Williams, a solid and nasty RB in LeGarrette Blount, and a Pro Bowl TE in Kellen Winslow. Their defensive talent is not quite as impressive, but they are well coached and they use a bend/don’t break style, which has worked out well for them. 

Since everyone in the league is talking about Matt Ryan and the Falcons, nothing would make the Bucs happier than knocking the Falcons off their throne this Sunday. Not only would it put the Bucs in a good spot for a playoff run, but it would also send a message to the league that the Tampa Buccaneers have arrived.