If you watch national NFL-type shows or listen to national sports radio, the folks who talk about the Bucs often snicker under their breath, or come right out and say it.
You know, how the NFC South is so rotten the division doesn’t deserve to be represented in the playoffs. Joe sort of understands the take. Unless the Bucs win this Sunday at Atlanta, every team in the division will be a loser. It’s hard to argue a losing team belongs in the playoffs.
But the NFL is not set up that way. So here come the Bucs.
What, the Bucs should just walk off the field of The Licht House in two weeks before kickoff and forfeit the game because they don’t “deserve” to be in the playoffs? Eff that noise!
Even though the Bucs haven’t underwhelmed everyone, Bucs legendary linebacker Lavonte David noted after Sunday’s win over the Stinking Panthers that talent on offense gives Tampa Bay a puncher’s chance.
“I always [have] hope in those guys,” David said. “We [have] 12 [Tom Brady] over there, we [have] 13 [Mike Evans] over there, you [have] Leonard [Fournette], Rachaad [White], Chris –- all those boys over there man, I know how hard they work.
“[Sunday] both of them went off, Chris and Mike. That’s just what they do. Things [are] clicking on offense. Hopefully [it] is a sign of what’s to come, but we’ll have their back regardless of how things go.”
That’s just it. Tom Brady demonstrated Sunday he’s still capable of pulling a routine like The Undertaker and rising from the casket to torch a defense.
This is why you hear so many folks saying they don’t want any piece of Brady in the playoffs.
Results like Sunday and seven rings on his hands give a guy massive street cred and respect.
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