3-4 start good omen for Buccaneers

October, 31, 2012
10/31/12
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A 3-4 start might sound less than ideal. But history says that might be good news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

They’re off to a 3-4 start -- and coming off a big road win at Minnesota -- under first-year coach Greg Schiano.

The last three times the Buccaneers started 3-4, they made the playoffs. Coincidentally, it happened three consecutive times.

In 1999, the Bucs rallied to finish 11-5. That team went on to lose to the St. Louis Rams in the NFC Championship Game.

In 2000, the Bucs started 3-4 but finished 10-6 before losing to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. The 2001 team also started 3-4 and went on to finish 9-7 before again losing to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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