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2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season Preview:
Projected 2008 Finish (11-5)
1st Place NFC South

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2008 NFL Projection:
The Buccaneers enter 2008 on the heels of a home playoff loss to the Giants. While Tampa’s record was just (9-7), the Bucs surrendered the fewest points in the NFC.

If Tampa Bay’s offense can improve in 2008 their record might do the same. Of course their defense needs to continue with its stout ways if the Bucs are to contend with the likes of the Giants and Cowboys in the NFC.

Overall Tampa Bay’s defensive line is solid against the run and pass, with a nice mix of experience and youth.

At linebacker, Tampa Bay fields a top notch group with Brooks, Ruud, and June.

In the secondary, the Buccaneers parted ways with Brian Kelly, but picked up New England’s Eugene Wilson. Either way it’s a solid group. Barring injury, the Bucs should field another top notch defense in 2008.

On offense, Warrick Dunn has returned to Tampa to round out what should be a solid running back group with Graham and Bennett.

Of greater impact should be the pick-up of center John Faine formerly of the Saints. In preseason you could see the positive effect Faine had on the line. Unfortunately, just when their o-line was looking formidable, right guard Davin Joseph broke a bone in his right foot and will miss a handful of games to start the season.

The quarterback position is solid enough with Jeff Garcia and Brian Griese.

Looking at the season as a whole (assuming Joseph is back for 3/4 of their games), Garcia’s mobility in tandem with what should be an improved pass blocking o-line thanks to the addition of Faine could offset the aging of starting receivers Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard.

Schedule Analysis:
Tampa Bay will play just 4 games against teams that made the playoffs in 07.

Record Projection:
With one of the easier schedules drawn by a returning playoff team, and the rest of the AFC South fielding what on paper appear to be mediocre to low grade defenses, the Buccaneers should literally be able to run over their competition en route to another AFC South title.

Due to the injury to Joseph, we’re going to scale back our record prediction a bit before the season starts, downgrading from a previously upgraded (12-4) to (11-5) for the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers… Those are the ups and downs of preseason injuries. Of course projections on this page will be frozen when the season kicks off. To track rolling standings projections throughout the season visit the projected standings area.

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