TAMPA — It may be overstating the situation to say the next two games — today against Carolina and Nov. 5 at New Orleans — will determine whether the Bucs have any shot at the playoffs.But it's hard to see a path forward at 2-5 or 2-6 with two NFC South losses.The good news for the Bucs is they still have an opportunity to end their 10-year playoff drought. Only one game has been played in the division — between the Saints and Panthers — and no team has really separated itself.Every NFC South team — including the Bucs, if you consider their 1-0 start after the Week 1 bye — has led the division at least once this season. All have fallen back to the pack except the Saints, who started 0-2 and have won four straight to lead. The defending NFC champion Falcons started 3-0 but have lost three straight. Even the Panthers, who started 2-0, are barely keeping their heads above water at 4-3."I showed the guys the division standings, and we are what we've earned to this point," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. "The fact that some other teams got beat in our division is in our favor. It is a factor (that) we have not played division games, and those games can move you up fast."The Bucs went 4-2 in the division last season, sweeping Carolina by a combined four points. One of the wins against the Panthers came on a Roberto Aguayo field goal, the other on the final day of the season when the Panthers tried to win rather than go to overtime and failed on a two-point conversion.Division games are extremely hard to win. You play these teams twice a year, so there is no intimidation factor, even among last-place teams such as the Bucs. They beat Atlanta on opening day in 2016, and the Falcons reached the Super Bowl."For me, I think it's fun, especially in our division with the caliber of players we have," quarterback Jameis Winston said. "Our defense faces arguably the best quarterbacks in the league in this division. We get to face arguably the best defenses in the league in this division. I think it's fun, that battle of playing the Saints, Atlanta and Carolina."Bucs players understand what's at stake. Just because they pulled themselves out of 1-3 and 3-5 holes a year ago with a five-game winning streak doesn't mean it will happen again. And it wasn't enough last year because at 9-7, the Bucs missed the postseason by the third tiebreak.Since the NFC South began in 2002, teams that have won the division title averaged 11.5 wins. The Bucs won the NFC South with nine regular-seasons wins in '07, the last time they made the playoffs. The Panthers claimed the title with a 7-8-1 record in 2014."We can either lay down, or we can fight back," receiver Mike Evans said. "We've got 10 games left. We've got a tough team. We don't care who the opponents are. We've just got to win. Every week we've got to win. Each week we've got to go in, have a great week of preparation, we've got to start fast, especially on offense. We start way too slow on offense. We've got to pick that up."THREE QBs? The Bucs have until Nov. 8 to decide whether to activate quarterback Ryan Griffin off injured reserve as a recall player or leave him on IR for the season. With Winston not throwing because of his right shoulder sprain, Griffin has gotten a lot of reps as the scout team quarterback since returning from a sprained AC joint of his own that he suffered in the preseason opener at Cincinnati.Typically, the Bucs wouldn't carry three QBs, but with the uncertainty of Winston's injury, they will probably want to keep Griffin and No. 2 Ryan Fitzpatrick."(Griffin has) looked good," Koetter said. "He's healed up. "I'd much rather have (Winston) throwing, but you are building depth."