NY Times Previews Bucs: On the right track, but 4th in NFC South

August 17, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Ahmad Black (43) is congratulated by a teammate after an interception against the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-US PRESSWIRE

The season is almost starting, and that means we get a lot of season previews for a lot of different teams. The most recent preview comes from the New York Times, who asked Andy Benoit (also of Football Outsiders) to write their team previews. Benoit is usually pretty thorough and touches on all the relevant parts of the Bucs' roster, making for an interesting read. Here's his conclusion:

The Bucs are on the right track after last season's disaster, and there's a chance (but not a probability) that the young offense can sprout into a top-15 unit. Defensively, a dearth of talent in the front seven will make it very difficult for Schiano to fully maximize his scheme.

Predicted Finish: 4th NFC South

Read the whole story, because it's filled with analysis of the Bucs and their players. While I don't agree with everything Benoit wrote, it's always good to get a more objective, outsiders' view of the team. Can the Bucs beat Benoit's prediction this year?

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