Last year we tried to channel the great Carnac and came up with the dubious prediction that your Tampa Bay Buccaneers would go 5-11 and basically stink.
Just shows what predictions are worth. Could have been worse, Peter King at Sports Illustrated had them down for a pair of wins. Ouch!
Which brings us to your faithful servant.
Without further ado, let's get right to the task of seeing how these Josh Freeman-led Bucs might fare against that tough NFC South and a tougher overall schedule.
Week One (9-11): Detroit: Bucs have their hands full with an improved Lions team but the Lions are always supposed to be improved, aren't they. Matt Stafford tore it up in the preseason. So, with that in mind, let's predict a tough one.
Bucs get a W, close game, win by a field goal.
Bucs get a W, win by three.
Week Three (9-25): Atlanta: Bucs come home but some turnovers at the wrong time cost them a close game.
Bucs lose by six, L.
Bucs win by a field goal, W.
Week Five (10-9): at San Francisco. Bucs defense performs well, Niners put up a struggle. Jim Leavitt tries to strangle one of his linebackers and gets knocked silly.
Bucs win by a touchdown, W.
Week Six: (10-17): New Orleans: Bucs nip Saints in a scoring-fest.
Bucs win by three, W.
Week Seven: (10-23): Chicago in London: Bucs play poorly in London, isn't that the way it goes over there?
Bears by 10, L.
How many games will the Bucs win?
Week Nine: (11-6): at New Orleans. Bucs have London hangover.
Saints by 14, L.
Week Ten: (11-13): Houston. Texans in the midst of a good season. Nip Bucs in the final minute.
Texans by 3, L.
Week Eleven: (11-20): at Green Bay: Packers simply too good. It snows.
Packers by 13, L.
Week Twelve: (11-27): at Tennessee: Bucs licking their wounds from Green Bay.
Titans take a close one, win by 2, L.
Week Thirteen: (12-4): Carolina. After going 0-4 in November, Bucs take it out on Carolina.
Bucs win by 17, W.
Will the Bucs make the playoffs?
Week Fourteen: (12-11): at Jacksonville. Confident again, the Bucs nail the Jaguars.
Bucs win by 7, W.
Week Fifteen: (12-17): Dallas. Stadium sells out for Cowboys. Game is a barn burner.
Cowboys win by a last-second field goal, L.
Week Sixteen: (12-24): at Carolina. Cam Newton knows the plays by now, doesn't matter.
Bucs win by 14, W.
Week Seventeen: (1-1): at Atlanta. Bucs save great effort for last, upend Falcons.
Bucs win by 3, W.
There you have it.
Nine up, seven down, 9-7.
Bucs miss playoffs in tiebreaker with Atlanta.