Bolstered by a slew of key offseason additions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the 2013-14 season looking to silence the critics and naysayers by restoring the luster of this once-proud franchise.
Gone are the days where five or six wins was expected because the team was young or the owners were broke, as having doled out well in excess of a quarter-million dollars in total contracts to veteran players over the last 18 months; both excuses are no longer valid.
Quite frankly, this team is expected to perform.
Oh, and win.
Naturally that is much easier said than done, particularly in the ultra-competitive NFC South, where the Bucs face the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton twice a year, not to mention the rest of their challenging schedule.
About this time last season, I wrote a similar piece predicting how I felt the Bucs season would unfold, including who I thought would win a handful of various team-oriented awards.
Well, you guessed it—it's that time of year again.
No, I won't break down their schedule game by game (at least not right now), but I will hit on an overall season prediction, as well as who I feel will be the team MVP, among other honors.
So, let's get to it.