Could this be the week the team provides true hope for the fans?
At least this week the fans didn’t express their love or hate for the team following a loss.
After the Bucs overtime victory last week against the Cardinals on Christmas, Tampa Bay fans seem to feel a bit better about their team.
In this week’s SB Nation Reacts poll, there was a bump in their confidence level ahead of their Week 17 matchup against the Panthers.
This Sunday’s game is a bit more serious than how it initially looked on the schedule sheet at the beginning of the season. Since the NFC South is perhaps the worst division in the history of the NFL this season, the Bucs and Panthers are playing in essentially a division title game.
If the Bucs win, they are crowned the division champs and are in the playoffs. If the Panthers win, Tampa Bay will be looking up at Carolina in the standings with one game left and likely missing the postseason.
This game may make or break the fanbase and their outlook for the future.