With ATLANTA FALCONS Injuries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Playoff push seems more likely

wildcardWhat comes around goes around.

The NFL has a funny way of ebbing and flowing like the tide, a 16 game, 17 week circus moving from town to town, but only one thing matters: When you get on the ride!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expecting Charles Sims back this week, another sign that in spite of some  WR injuries, the Bucs are getting healthy again in the right spots, Offensive Line and Running Back. Now three backs deep with starters, Tampa Bay will face the three most powerful offenses in the next three games; New Orleans twice, and Dallas.

Then it also faces the three worst pass defenses, New Orleans twice, and Carolina! Yet as the Bucs are getting healthy, the tide is a’changin for the Atlanta Falcons. With Falcons injuries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers playoff push seems more likely.

Atlanta’s main weapon Julio Jones has turf toe, a painful injury indeed. Its doubtful he will practice all week, and playing on turf toe, well its not going to get well in a week or two.

But Atlanta has Mohammed Sanu right? Yes they do, with a SANU Groin Injury to boot! Atlanta has to play out in Los Angeles this week, while the Bucs take on a  Drew Brees led team that saw the QB not throw a single TD for the first time since Moses parted the red sea.

Or something like that, 2009 maybe.

Right now, Tampa Bay is in the drivers seat in the playoffs, it controls its own destiny.

Win, and your IN. Lose, and you give someone the opportunity to pass you, like we passed several teams this week; Washington especially. And dont count out those pesky Saints, who playing better defense since they had ‘Moses’ as defensive coordinator, 2 games back with two games against the Bucs, a push will do no one any good, except the Bucs!

The NFL hired 8 guys from  MIT with pocket protectors to create a tie breaking procedure; so here it is.

For the Division Championship…in order..

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs). Tied
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.Bucs 2-1, Atlanta 3-1.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

For # 3, Atlanta is 4-3 with 2 games left against @LA, San Francisco. Bucs are 4-4 with no more common games to play. Needless to say, Atlanta has to lose to LA and SF for Bucs to have the 3rd tie breaker, but Bucs can get in with 2nd (2-1 div) if they beat New Orleans twice and Carolina at home, and finish with a 5-1 Divisional record. Atlanta is 3-1 currently and has @ Carolina and Vs New Orleans to play. You know that game is going to be 47-45!

For Wild Card  Tie breakers,

Two Clubs

  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of victory.
  5. Strength of schedule.
  6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Coin toss.

Three or More Clubs

(Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of applicable two-club format.)

  1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
  2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.

GO BUCS

1 thought on “With ATLANTA FALCONS Injuries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Playoff push seems more likely”

  1. Thanks for sharing this Nick! Handy to have and easy to bookmark!

    Yeppers….First time in a decade that we’ve had a legitimate shot at “The Dance” and it seems as if the team is coming together at the right time! I for one am excited!

    (Merry Christmas Nick, and to the entire BucStop.com crew!)

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