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If the Buccaneers Are Going To Get 2017 Back on Track; It Has to Start This Week

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at a crossroads as we approach week seven of the 2017 NFL season, as this week the team has a big NFC South matchup with the Carolina Panthers, a team they are still looking up at (right now they are looking up at all three of the teams in the division) in the NFC South.

The Bucs don’t get a break due to the nutty week one bye they got due to the fact a hurricane stopped them from a game in Miami against the Dolphins, so the grind is not going to get any easier as this season moves along.

At 2-4, there’s been moments of being a very good team thus far, but way too many moments of being not so good, like last Sunday in Buffalo against the Bills where on the final play of the game they fell to the surprising Bills 30-27.

Looking at this week, the Bucs are at Raymond James Stadium, and they have to use that home field advantage to make it a tough place to play.

The Bucs are a 2.5 point favorite to win over the Panthers, and there’s plenty of sites that seem to have them between that and three-point favorites, like William Hill.

Jameis Winston’s injury didn’t seem to stop the Bucs offense too much last week as they still put up 27 points, but this week against the Panthers they will need a similar effort against a team they know all too well.

After the Panthers, there’s another tough test on the horizon for the Bucs, as they will head to the SuperDome to take on the Saints before another home game against another upstart in the New York Jets in two weeks.

If the Bucs are going to get to the postseason, a place many had them making this preseason, they have to find a way to win the next three and get over .500, as with two of these next three against the division, these are games the Bucs simply have to win.

The game next week on the road against the Saints can be a season maker, as the Saints have come out of the box playing the best football in the division, sitting currently at 4-2, they have outscored the opposition 171-133, meaning that the Bucs defense will have to step their game up big time.

Playing against Cam Newton and Drew Brees the next two weeks could define just how good this team is – or worst how bad on defense they have already shown at points this season.

If the Bucs are going to turn around the fact they have dropped four of the first six games, it has to start this week against the 4-3 Panthers, a team they should all too ready for.

Another loss could be crippling as they get set to head to New Orleans next week, as at 2-5 and a loss in the division could be too much to overcome.

Here’s hoping they can learn from their mistakes of the first quarter plus of the season, and get back on track to save their season.

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