2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season Review
Tampa Bay finished the 2020 season with a record of 11-5, which was good enough for second place in the NFC South. The Buccaneers headed into the playoffs with plenty of momentum, and they never stopped winning games.
Tampa Bay came away with a stunning victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl to cap off an improbable and incredible season. Both sides of the ball were dominant in the postseason, and the Buccaneers return nearly the same roster from a season ago.
2021 Buccaneers Offseason Additions
Tampa Bay did not have many holes that they needed to fill this offseason, and they weren’t extremely aggressive in free agency. Re-signing much of the roster from a season ago was the biggest priority, and it was a goal that was accomplished.
Running back Giovani Bernard is the most notable addition to the roster, but it’s a move that will not have much of an impact in 2021.
2021 Buccaneers Offseason Departures
As mentioned above, Tampa Bay will be returning nearly every single starter from the Super Bowl championship team. Tampa Bay did see some bench pieces leave the team this offseason, but this team did not suffer any significant losses.
Tackle Joe Haeg and cornerback Ryan Smith both signed elsewhere this offseason, but those are the only big blows suffered by Tampa Bay this offseason.
3 Key Factors to a Winning Season
Best Record in NFC
Tampa Bay was able to go on the road and win three straight playoff games a season ago, but that doesn’t usually happen. The Buccaneers need to put together a better regular season and head into the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC if they want a shot at repeating as champs.
Keep Brady Healthy
Tom Brady came in and transformed this team and the franchise, but he is also nearing the end of his career. The offensive line has to do a great job of protecting the star quarterback if the Buccaneers are going to be successful.
Can’t Get Complacent
It is extremely difficult to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and one of the biggest reasons is that teams tend to get complacent. Tampa Bay brought back nearly the same roster from a season ago, but the coaching staff has to find a way to challenge this team and keep them hungry.
Rating Their Schedule
Even though the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl a season ago, Tampa Bay does not have an extremely difficult schedule in 2021. The Buccaneers will play each team from the AFC East and NFC East Divisions, and neither division is that strong.
One of the biggest games of the year will take place in Week 4 as Tom Brady, and the Bucs travel to New England to take on the Patriots. A Week 8 showdown in New Orleans against the Saints could prove to be another tough game.
The other big game this season will be a home game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 14.
Expectations in 2021
The Buccaneers are going to be one of the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl again this season, and they have the pieces in place to get the job done. Tampa Bay has a loaded roster, and the team was able to convince all of the key pieces to return.
Look for the Buccaneers to win the NFC South this season and make a return trip to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs will be waiting again, and it should be another great battle.