A quick breakdown of the 32 teams in the National Football League, strictly based on their win-loss records. There are a dozen teams above the .500 mark, eight clubs with 6-6 marks, and 12 teams with losing ledgers.
The focus here is on the latter. While there are certainly teams with winning records not playing great football at the moment (the Pittsburgh Steelers certainly come to mind), there are at least three teams that may be record than their win-loss resume indicates.
Yes, as Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells has often insisted that “you are what your record says you are,” (and no one is arguing the point), the following clubs bear watching during the remainder of this unpredictable season.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7)
Todd Bowles’ team is in extremely familiar territory. A year ago, with veteran quarterback Tom Brady at the helm, the Buccaneers finished with an 8-9 record and still won the NFC South. The team was one-and-done in the playoffs via a lopsided loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
This year’s club got off to a 3-1 start. There was a four-game skid that dropped the team two games below .500. Bowles’ team has split its last four contests. Tampa Bay’s running game leaves a lot to be desired. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown twice as many touchdown passes (16) as he has interceptions (8). This is a Top 10 defense vs. the run but has proven a bit vulnerable to the pas, but is still capable on occasion of pitching a good game.
The Bucs have lost their share of heartbreakers this season and can turn things around if they can learn to win the close games.