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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an easy schedule over the next few weeks. Can they turn around their season?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been terrible this season, but all is not yet lost. Not only is the division bad, but their next three opponents all lost in ugly fashion this past weekend: the Minnesota Vikings, the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons.

The Minnesota Vikings lost to the Buffalo Bills not by turning the ball over, but by being unable to consistently move their offense down the field. Bridgewater's dink-and-dunk offense couldn't create any explosive plays, and he was sacked five times over the course of the game.

The Cleveland Browns lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars despite forcing three Blake Bortles interceptions. The running game went nowhere: they averaged 2.3 yards per carry on 30 attempts, while Brian Hoyer completed just 16 of 41 passes. Against one of the very worst teams in the NFL.

And finally, the Atlanta Falcons were curbstomped by the Baltimore Ravens, who cruised to victory the way they had against the Bucs a week earlier. Washington did win this weekend, though they only barely managed to eke out a victory against the Charlie Whitehurst-led Tennessee Titans, while the Chicago Bears (week 12) and Cincinnati Bengals (week 13) both lost.

In other words: the NFC South sucks, and the Bucs have a fairly easy schedule over the coming weeks. If they're going to turn this ship around, now is the time.

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