Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
After spending the past weeks soaring up the rankings, the Bucs have started to fall down again.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now ranked 18th on average, down from 15th last week. The Bucs are taking a beating in the national media, and justifiably so after losing to a very weak Philadelphia Eagles team.
The Bucs usually beat the teams they should. Losing to the Eagles was their first loss of the season that's inexplicable.
No team that loses at home to the Eagles should be part of the playoff discussion.
That was a terrible loss against the Eagles, one that puts their playoff hopes in big trouble.
After winning four straight, the Bucs have now lost three in a row but still appear to be a team right on the verge of breaking out. If they can solidify the defensive secondary, this team will be competing for championships very soon.
What could have been a special season is still pretty good.
"D" broke down in final seconds in a crushing loss.
This club stomped the 17th-ranked Vikings earlier this season, but is falling apart at the worst possible time. Talk about blowing an opportunity. Not that Buccaneers fans needed to be reminded, but Tampa Bay could not afford to lose that game on Sunday. Once again, the Bucs' glaring hole was a gaping hole: the secondary. Nick Foles carved them up, and now Tampa will need a lot of help to sneak into the playoffs. A 3-6 conference record and head-to-head losses to the Cowboys, Redskins and Giants will do Greg Schiano's club no favors when NFL geeks break out the TI-81s to begin postseason computations.