"We're the best team in the NFC. Yeah, I said it. We're excited." -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris, after his team's last-second victory over the St. Louis Rams.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may very well be the best team in the NFC. I don't think they are, or that the question even matters given that choosing the best team in that mediocre conference is sort of like picking the tallest of Snow White's seven dwarfs. But I suppose it could be true.
Or not. The four teams the Bucs have defeated have a combined record of 8-18. They needed a last-second touchdown pass to beat a Rams team that had recently lost 44-6 to the lowly Detroit Lions. The team's rushing attack still relies on Cadillac Williams, his rickety knees and his 2.5 yards per-carry average. And for all his future potential (and there's a ton of it), Josh Freeman(notes) is still a 22-year-old quarterback.