4 Ways the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Can Sneak into the Playoffs This Season

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4 Ways the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Can Sneak into the Playoffs This Season
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The Buccaneers will be in the playoff hunt as long as Josh Freeman is playing well.

After a disastrous start to the season where they couldn't score or gain any momentum, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally seemed to figure it out. They won four games in a row, averaging 34.8 points per game and gaining control of their destiny in the race for the wild card.

But in the last two weeks, Tampa Bay has reverted to the unrefined, sloppy early-season play that could doom their playoff hopes. If the Bucs want to make the playoffs in 2012, they have to play better on both sides of the ball and get back to what made them successful.

The season is drawing to a close and two straight losses have the Bucs on the outside looking in. There are a few ways they can find a path into the postseason, and it starts on defense. The rest will come, and could turn Greg Schiano's first year as a head coach into a successful one.

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