Jerome Bettis: Still too young
Former NFL great and former NBC analyst Jerome Bettis likes what he sees from the Bucs, but thinks they'll come up short in their quest for a postseason berth. The Bus, writing for Sports Illustrated, makes his predictions for all the division races and thinks the Bucs will be the odd-team out come the end of the regular season. Bettis writes:
The NFC South has three playoff-caliber teams. The Falcons belong in first place after beating the Saints in New Orleans and taking down the Ravens last week, showing they can win close games. They have the potential to be as good as anybody in the NFC, but their ultimate success rests on Matt Ryan's ability to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. I was critical of the Saints early in the season, but their recent play is indicative of a playoff team. That leaves Raheem Morris' Bucs as the odd team out. I like the way that team is developing, but they're still too young.
Click here for Bettis' breakdown of all the division races.