||Greg Auman, @gregauman
||Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics
||Martin Fennelly, @mfennelly
||Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you
||Tom Jones, @tomwjones
||Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud
|Biggest reason to believe in the Bucs …
||Confidence and momentum. Bucs have waited long for this opportunity.
||The Bucs are doing a better job protecting Jameis Winston.
||Winston. It's the home stretch and he is feeling it. The Winner-His-Whole-Life thing is kicking in.
||The Bucs' hopes begin and end with Jameis Winston.
||This is a team that used to find way to lose games. Now it is finding ways to win them.
||Winston's leadership. He's backing it up with performance.
|Biggest reason to doubt the Bucs …
||Bucs have to maintain this high level in unfamiliar territory.
||Their lack of depth, particularly at receiver.
||Recent history. No playoffs since 2007.
||Despite recent improvements, the secondary remains frighteningly vulnerable.
||The offense hasn't been as great as you might think and they'll need offense in the coming weeks.
||The Bucs' remaining schedule is much tougher than Atlanta's.
|The Bucs will make the playoffs if …
||They sweep the Saints, who have a terrible defense. Very simple.
||They win three of four and continue playing good complementary football.
||They beat the Saints twice.
||They overcome the wizardry of Drew Brees.
||They get help from an unlikely source: somebody on Atlanta's schedule.
||They win three of their next four games and don't suffer any significant injuries.
|Favorite Famous Jameis moment?
||Easy, but the spin and throw to Evans vs. Bears.
||First two drives vs. Seahawks, both of which resulted in touchdowns.
||I still marvel at Winston's 30-yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the season opener.
||The scramble Hail Jameis throw to Mike Evans in the Chicago game.
||At 3-5, Winston standing defiant and saying, "I'm not a loser. We're winners in this building."
|Unsung Buc of the Year
||So many choices, but I'll go with tight end Cameron Brate.
||The other kicker: punter Bryan Anger.
||Cameron Brate. We've sung about him some, but I still don't think we understand just how much he has meant to this offense.
||Robert Ayers has 12 tackles and 41/2 sacks during the team's four-game winning streak.
||Cameron Brate, who has turned the loss of Austin Seferian-Jenkins into a forgotten moment.
||Punter Bryan Anger. Seventh in net, sixth inside the 20.
|Grade Dirk Koetter
||Given the injuries and turnaround from 3-5, a solid A.
||B-. Early game management blunders behind him, Koetter has Bucs in the hunt.
||B. The man has been coming on like a locomotive.
||B - Koetter righted the ship after consecutive losses could have devastated this team.
||B. He has gone from possible hot seat to coach-of-the-year candidate.
||B. At 7-5, from worst to tied for first in NFC South.
|I was most wrong about …
||The Bucs' confidence in sticking with safeties McDougald and Conte.
||The past four weeks. Take me with you to Las Vegas, and do the opposite of what I say.
||Mike Smith being over the hill as defensive coordinator.
||The Kansas City/Seattle/San Diego span turning disastrous.
||Well, this entire team. No way I saw a winning season.
||The Bucs defense. I didn't see this turnaround coming. Not after giving up more than 1,000 yards against the Raiders and Falcons.
|I'm still right about …
||Jay Hayes was a great hire for Bucs' pass rush.
||Don't trade up to draft a kicker in the second round.
||Not taking a kicker in the second round of the draft.
||They're just not that good.
||Jameis Winston. The guy can flat-out play.
||Jameis Winston being the real deal and a franchise quarterback.