It’s National TV for the world to see. It’s against the team hated Panthers. It’s against possibly the most annoying player in the NFL. You can put some much-needed distance between you and Carolina and with Atlanta playing at the Broncos you can inch one step closer to the Division lead. A Carolina team that’s been hit with injuries and a starting QB that seems to be in a post-Super Bowl slump. You are coming off of one on the overall worst performances in recent memory and you can’t afford to go into the break at 1-4. Is that enough to call this game a must win? I would say yes!
Is the season over with a loss? No, but with a difficult upcoming schedule, a playoff spot would essentially be somewhere between slim and none. A win at Carolina could possibly propel the Bucs into huge a momentum swing that can push them through to bigger and better things going forward. A loss will have just as big an influence in the other direction.
With a week off to prepare for a beatable San Fran team, you could very well be 3-3 and within striking distance of a legitimate playoff run. Carolina is a very beatable team who is primed to go on a downslide and the Bucs should take every advantage of this and pounce on the Cats!
I’m going to go on a hunch and say the Bucs come out firing and win this one 24-20. Let’s put on a good show for the Nation boys! Let’s turn this season around Monday night. Long suffering Tampa fans deserve better!
I hate when they call games MUST WIN but this one… YEAH, its a must have!