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Buccaneers still first in NFC South despite blowout loss

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still number one in the NFC South, despite a blowout 40-7 loss against the Arizona Cardinals today.

Losing to the Cardinals gave them a 1-1 record on the season, and that’s good enough to tie for the division lead. The Bucs started the season with a 31-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons, who are now 1-1 after beating the Oakland Raiders.

The Carolina Panthers started with a loss, then soundly beat the San Francisco 49ers today to get to a 1-1 record as well. And the New Orleans Saints, well, they’ve lost two close games and are now 0-2. Hah!

That means the Bucs are tied with the Panthers and Falcons for first place in the division, but they also hold the tiebreaker: they’re the only team to have beaten a division rival. And that makes them the NFC South leaders, for now.

None of that means anything if they don’t actually win some more games, though. They get to play the St. Louis Rams next week. A 2-1 record after three games would be a nice way to start the season, and forget about today’s horrendous loss.