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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Too early for 0-16 talk, but tough schedule lies ahead for Buccaneers



Two months into the NFL season, there now is just one winless team remaining: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Rams and Titans winning on Sunday, the 0-7 Bucs are in a class by themselves.

I'll spare you the speculation about them going 0-16. With so much football left, it's still too early for that. But it's not too early to take a hard look at lies ahead for the remainder of the season.

Of the Bucs' nine remaining games, six are against clubs that have a .500 record or better. They play the undefeated Saints twice and have a pair of matchups against the 4-2 Falcons. They must travel to Miami to play the Dolphins, who are heating up. They must cross the continent to play at Seattle a week before Christmas, when the weather won't be in their favor. 

With a slate of remaining opponents with a combined record of 36-22 (.611 winning percentage), finding that first win won't be easy.


Nov. 8: Packers

Nov. 15: at Dolphins

Nov. 22: Saints

Nov. 29: at Falcons

Dec. 6: at Panthers

Dec. 13: Jets

Dec. 20: at Seahawks

Dec. 27: at Saints

Jan. 3: Falcons

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:47pm]


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