If you had told me last winter that the Buccaneers would win eleven games in 2020, I wouldn’t have believed it. Even after they picked up Tom Brady, I had the question: does he still have it at age 43?
Oh, yes, he does. And the Bucs’ offense is on fire heading into next weekend’s wild card game in Washington.
Brady finished the regular season with 40 touchdown passes, including four more against the Falcons. Chris Godwin is amazing. Antonio Brown is heating up. RoJo scored again. But there is concern about Mike Evans, who injured his knee shortly after clinching his 7th straight 1,000-yard season. He’s the first player in NFL history to begin a career like that. But will the Bucs have him when they take on the Washington Saturday night?
Tampa Bay will be favored in the wild card round. But even though the Bucs are playing a 7-9 team, don’t think for a moment that this will be a cakewalk. Washington’s bread and butter is on defense, especially up front. They are very, very good. The Bucs’ offensive line needs to be stellar.
Tampa Bay has already snapped a 13-year playoff drought. Now they’ll try to win a playoff game for the first time since the 2002 Super Bowl season.
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