So far the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a tough schedule. They've had two easy games against the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts, although they only barely won either game. But the five other teams they've seen have been winning teams: the Detroit Lions, the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears.
And that streak continues after the bye week. Obviously the Bucs face the division-leading New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Then, in order, they face the 5-3 Houston Texans, the undefeated Green Bay Packers and the 4-3 Tennessee Titans. That's a really tough streak of games.
During the rest of the season the Bucs face Carolina Panthers twice, who are a tough team to beat despite their record. They also go up against the 4-3 Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys - who are 3-4, but certainly not an easy out either. The Bucs only have one easy team on the schedule left: the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Last season the Bucs won ten games in large part because of a very easy schedule. That's what happens when you face the NFC West once and the 2010 Carolina Panthers twice. This season this will be a lot tougher. Can the Bucs get to ten wins again? And can they make it to the playoffs? What do you think?