Along with the Seattle Seahawks, the Buccaneers joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The club is owned by the Glazer family, and plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. They are one of four teams in the South Division of the National Football Conference. In 1976 and 1977, the Buccaneers lost their first 26 games, an NFL record. After a brief winning era in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the team suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons.
The Buccaneers are the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title, win a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship; all three events happening in the 1979 season.
In 2002, the wait for Tampa fans was finally over. The Bucs won Super Bowl 37, joining the New York Jets and New Orleans as NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance. That 2002 team included such defensive stars as Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, both hall of famers, and head coach Jon Gruden.
Their uniforms and "Bucco Bruce" winking pirate logo were designed by Tampa Tribune artist Lamar Sparkman. The Bucs were one of the few teams to wear white home uniforms, forcing opponents to wear dark uniforms in Tampa's hot fall weather.
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The last two winners of this division have gone on to play in the Super Bowl. Both lost. The Buccaneers would like a shot at the big prize. They will need third-year quarterback James Winston to continue to elevate his game as Tampa has not reached the playoffs since 2007.
The Bucs had a 9-7 record last season, including an impressive 5-3 mark on the road. Just two years ago, Tampa finished the season at 2-14. Winston threw for more TDs last season, but he also had more interceptions. Their defense finished 2016 ranked a mediocre 23rd.
The Bucs close out the season with three straight games against division rivals, which will likely have a huge influence on their playoff picture and the division winner.
The Buccaneers have improved every year under Winston and they have already shown they know how to win on the road. With the addition of receiver LeSean Jackson and first-round draft pick O.J Howard, Tampa will continue to make some noise in the NFC South.
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