The Bucs need to win this game just to stay in the wild-card race. But I think they lose. They will need to get consistent pressure on Philip Rivers, who is perhaps the most underrated QB in the league outside of San Diego, but both of Tampa's starting DEs are injured, and their statuses for the game are not looking good.
In addition, outside linebacker and defensive catalyst Derrick Brooks has a rib injury that may keep him out, too.
Fortunately for the Bucs, however, QB Jeff Garcia is expected to start. Even playing hurt, he should make a real difference.
Even though Garcia is playing, with all their injuries, the Bucs lose in a shootout.