With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers set to kickoff their regular season a week from today, it's time to predict how their 2013 season could play out. Of course, it's impossible to predict any significant injuries or alterations to the roster, but it's still interesting to breakdown the season game-by-game.
Week 1: Buccaneers vs. Jets:
Comments: Cornerback Darrelle Revis will play his former team, barring a setback, and this game is very winnable for the Buccaneers.
Prediction: Buccaneers 21, Jets 10
Week 2: Saints vs. Buccaneers
Comments: The New Orleans Saints should regain some of the swagger they were missing last year, but it should be a close game.
Prediction: Saints 24, Buccaneers 23
Week 3: Buccaneers vs. Patriots
Comments: The Buccaneers played this team in the preseason and didn't play very well. And now, the games count.
Prediction: Patriots 28, Buccaneers 14
Week 4: Cardinals vs. Buccaneers
Comments: The Arizona Cardinals should be a much better team under new head coach Bruce Arians. But they aren't there just yet.
Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Cardinals 21
Week 5: Eagles vs. Buccaneers
Comments: The Philadelphia Eagles' fast-paced offense will cause problems for the Buccaneers, but they should find a way to win this one.
Prediction: Buccaneers 20, Eagles 14
Week 6: Buccaneers vs. Falcons
Comments: This is always one of those match-ups that could go either way, especially because it's still relatively early in the season.
Prediction: Falcons 26, Buccaneers 21
Week 7: Panthers vs. Buccaneers
Comments: Even the Carolina Panthers got better in the offseason. But the Buccaneers are still the better team.
Prediction: Buccaneers 23, Panthers 12
Week 8: Buccaneers vs. Seahawks
Comments: There's no way the Buccaneers win this one on the road.
Prediction: Seahawks 34, Buccaneers 17
Week 9: Dolphins vs. Buccaneers
Comments: Everyone seems to think the Miami Dolphins improved. But the truth is, they probably didn't.
Prediction: Buccaneers 20, Dolphins 9
Week 10: Falcons vs. Buccaneers
Comments: This time around, the Buccaneers could narrowly defeat the Falcons.
Prediction: Buccaneers 30, Falcons 28
Week 11: Buccaneers vs. Lions
Comments: The Detroit Lions acquired running back Reggie Bush in the offseason, and the Buccaneers will find out how much better that made them.
Prediction: Lions 31, Buccaneers 21
Week 12: Buccaneers vs. Panthers
Comments: This game could be crucial for the Buccaneers as it comes late in the season. And the Panthers may find a way to come out on top.
Prediction: Panthers 23, Buccaneers 13
Week 13: Bills vs. Buccaneers
Comments: E.J. Manuel will likely be Buffalo's starter in this game, but no one knows for sure. The Bills still have a lot of uncertainties.
Prediction: Buccaneers 33, Bills 19
Week 14: 49ers vs. Buccaneers
Comments: Again, the Buccaneers don't really have a shot at winning this one.
Prediction: 49ers 34, Buccaneers 10
Week 15: Buccaneers vs. Rams
Comments: The St. Louis Rams will be much better than people expect. However, this game could really go either way.
Prediction: Rams 24, Buccaneers 21
Week 16: Buccaneers vs. Saints
Comments: A divisional match-up to close out the regular season is always fun. Unless, of course, both teams have nothing to play for.
Prediction: Buccaneers 27, Saints 21
Buccaneers 2013 regular season record: 8-8