The Electric Commentary

Friday, September 08, 2006

Why You Should Pick Tampa Bay To Win The Super Bowl

Every year at this time the prognosticators make their predictions for the NFL season. Some stay with the tried and true, like the New England Patriots (or Carolina Panthers). Some go with the hot pick, this year the Miami Dolphins (at least until last night). And then you get your crazies who pick random bad teams to come out of nowhere, blowing all of their credibility.

If you really want to look smart this year, you should go with the Bucs. Here's what we know about the Bucs. They still have a pretty good defense, they have a great coach in Jon Gruden, their young QB, Chris Simms, has another year of experience under his belt, and actually looked pretty good last year, and they have a good young RB in Cadillac Williams. The all-important offensive line is good, if not spectacular.

No one is mentioning this team as a contender despite the fact that they won their division last year (matching Carolina's 11-5 mark, but winning the tie-breaker), and despite the fact that they managed this feat with turmoil at the QB spot, and oft-injured Cadillac Williams, and a young receiver (Michael Clayton) who came into camp overweight and who regressed more than anyone I've ever seen over the course of an offseason. If Simms continues to improve, if Williams stays healthy, and if Clayton gives you anything at all, there is no reason that this team cannot improve on their 11-5 mark.

Moreover, the Bucs have all of the characteristics of a Super Bowl contender. Defense, after all, does win championships. They're like the Bears, but with an offense. Much of this can be said about the Panthers as well, but they are one Steve Smith injury away from losing most of their offense.

The NFC is a crapshoot, especially in the South and East, and given the well-balanced nature of the conference it is shocking that people are ignoring this team, but I'm happy to take advantage of the hype being lavished on everyone else, and I'll be happy to say "I told you so" in January.

Note: I picked Cinci below, but I'm officially changing my prediction to Tampa, so if I claim to have picked Cinci later in the season, call me a liar. My real pick, is Tampa.

5 Comments:

  • Not a bad call...

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 3:23 PM  

  • From your mouth to God's ear, my friend.

    By Anonymous thoughtfulconservative, at 10:15 PM  

  • Serious question:
    Do you think Baltimore is all that good, or should we call back our TB bets? Realizing one game does not the season make.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:34 PM  

  • Baltimore is pretty good, but I'm not panicking after one measly game. These things happen sometimes.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:09 PM  

  • Two measly games,
    no touchtown yet?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 AM  

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