In their bid to repeat as Super Bowl champions, the Buccaneers (12-4) have improved from NFC wild-card participants to NFC South winners. They may still improve their standing in the 2021-2022 NFL playoffs.
Tampa Bay is in contention with Green Bay for the top seed in the NFC. As a fierce competitor to beat, Tampa Bay is right there with locked-in No. 1 seed Green Bay as a difficult team to overcome in the playoffs. Here’s a look at how far the Buccaneers may go based on their Week 18 result:
What are the chances of the Buccaneers getting a high enough seed in the NFC?
The Buccaneers are the No. 3 seed in the NFC with a 9-6 record, one game behind the Packers and one ahead of the Rams.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, would be playing two home games in the NFC tournament if they reach No. 2 and play two at Arrowhead Stadium as a wild card last year; until “hosted” Super Bowl 55 vs. the Bucs, they will try their best to move up to No. 2 so that they can play two home
To be the No. 2 seed, all that is required is for the Buccaneers to defeat or tie Carolina at home on Sunday, while the Rams lose to San Francisco at the same time. Because they lost in Los Angeles in Week 3, the Bucs must achieve a better record than the Rams if they are to be ranked higher.
The No. 3 isn’t in danger of being relinquished. A victory over the Panthers would guarantee at least that, regardless of what the Rams do. They might also lose to the Panthers and keep the No. 3 if Dallas wins. That’s because the Buccaneers have a head-to-head tiebreaker (Week 1 win) against the Cowboys
With a loss, the Buccaneers can slip to No. 4 in the draft if the Rams win but also lose the NFC West via a Cardinals loss and the Cowboys win to produce a three-way tie at 12-5. That would make the Cowboys (10-2 in NFC play) go up to No. 2, while the Rams (8
If the Buccaneers lose to the Panthers, the Rams fall to the 49ers and the Cardinals win the NFC West by thrashing Seattle, Arizona would be No. 2, Tampa Bay No. 3, and Dallas No. 4. Because you lost to both Arizona and Tampa Bay last week, Dallas will drop to sixth place. At fifth place would be
The Buccaneers are most likely to finish No. 3, but the 49ers (9-7) will give the Rams a tough game for a wild-card spot, so No. 2 is very much in play.