Tampa Bay view on Bucs' chances vs. NO

December, 27, 2013
12/27/13
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- While Arizona has to beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday to give itself any chance of making the playoffs, their postseason fate will ultimately come down to Tampa Bay beating New Orleans. If the Cards win and then the Bucs win, Arizona is in. Save for a tie here or there, that's basically what has to happen.

Schiano
But how likely is it that Tampa Bay will go to the Big Easy and come away with a big win? I asked my colleague in Tampa Bay, ESPN.com Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas, a few questions about the possibility of that happening.

With one game left, are the Bucs playing to save Greg Schiano's job or get him fired?

Yasinskas:
"I'd like to think that Schiano's fate already has been decided one way or the other and one more game isn't going to change that. So it's not like the Bucs will be rallying the troops to save their coach. That said, though, the Bucs have never stopped playing hard all season. I don't expect that to change."

What do the Bucs need to do to go into New Orleans and win?

Yasinskas:
"The Bucs would need to play pretty much the perfect game to win at New Orleans. Their defense is pretty good, but it will take a lot of help from the offense for the Bucs to have a chance to keep up with the Saints. The Bucs would have to run the ball very well and keep the New Orleans offense off the field. But Tampa Bay hasn't run the ball effectively in about a month."

Can they win?

Yasinskas:
"I don't see it, especially with so much at stake for the Saints. I just don't think the Bucs have the offensive firepower to stay with the Saints."

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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