|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.||The Letter.||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.|
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