Buccaneers playoff photo: Breaking down Tampa Bay seeding scenarios in NFL 2022 bracket
The Buccaneers (12-4) have gone from an NFC wildcard squad to NFC South winners in their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions. But they can still improve their position a bit in the 2021-2022 NFL Playoffs.
Tampa Bay is there with No. 1 seeded Green Bay, a tough team to beat in the NFC tournament. Here is the range of Buccaneers seeding results at the end of week 18:
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How high can Buccaneers be seeded in the NFC?
The Buccaneers are currently ranked third behind the Packers and second Rams.
They will do their best to move up to number 2, so they can play two home games in the NFC tournament after not playing any of them as wild cards in last year’s playoffs – until ‘welcoming’ the. Super Bowl 55 against the Chiefs. That’s important because the Buccaneers have lost just one game at Raymond James Stadium this season, against the Saints in Week 15.
To get seed # 2, it’s simple. The Buccaneers are set to beat or tie the Panthers at home on Sunday while the Rams lose to the 49ers at the same time. The Bucs must have a better record than the Rams as they lost to them in Los Angeles in Week 3.
The Buccaneers don’t need to do much to hold onto the No.3. A win over the Panthers would at least guarantee that no matter what the Rams do. They could also lose to the Panthers and retain the No.3 with a Cowboys victory. That’s because the Bucs have the head-to-head tiebreaker (Week 1 win) against the Cowboys, who can only tie the Bucs at 12-5.
There is only one scenario where the Buccaneers can fall to No.4 with a loss. If the Rams also lose like the Panthers but are expected to win NFC West via a loss to the Cardinals, plus the Cowboys win to tie it three at 12-5, the Bucs would have the teams’ worst conference record at 7-5. That would move the Cowboys (10-2 in the NFC game) to No.2 and the Rams (8-4) slip to No.3.
If the Buccaneers lost to the Panthers, the Rams lost to the 49ers and the Cardinals would win the NFC West by beating the Seahawks, the Cardinals would be No.2, the Buccaneers No.3 and the Cowboys No.4. Dallas would fall there. because of the loss to Arizona and Tampa Bay. The Rams would then fall to the top of the Jokers at No.5.
Number 3 is the most likely outcome for the Buccaneers, but Number 2 is very much on the line as the 49ers (9-7) will give the Rams a tough game as they battle for a wild card spot. .