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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 10 Bold Predictions for the 2011 NFL Season
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2010 was a memorable season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A seven-win increase from 2009 was not enough for Tampa to reach the playoffs, but there were many reasons why fans were excited and happy about their team. Led by a cast of young, exciting players, the Bucs have rejuvenated a franchise that has been hungry for success after being nearly invisible over the past decade.

However, taking the next step into becoming an annual contender is very difficult. A lot of building blocks have to be in place for reaching that status. Fortunately for the Bucs, there are many signs that indicate they're on the rise.

Making predictions in the NFL is a futile affair. Due to the shortness of the season, it is impossible to tell what will happen. How many people believed the Bucs would go 10-6? Maybe .0001 percent of people? Who thought LeGarrette Blount and Mike Williams would become Pro Bowl caliber players in year one? If the Bucs went 3-13 or 13-3 in 2011, I would honestly not be surprised.

With all that said, here are 10 bold predictions for the Buccaneers heading into the 2011 season.

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