Buccaneers record projection for 2022 season

Luke Easterling
Bucs Wire

NFL training camps are kicking off, which means a new round of predictions and projections are flying in from every direction for the upcoming 2022 season.

Nate Davis of USA TODAY Sports just released his forecast for the entire league, and he expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to coast to another NFC South title. 

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Despite what could be a much tougher schedule than last year’s, here is what Davis projected for the Buccaneers (subscription required). 

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kyle Rudolph (8) talks to quarterback Tom Brady (12) during an NFL football training camp practice Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

"Assuming Tom Brady is healthy, it's safe to pencil the Bucs in for at least 12 victories based on his track record over the past dozen years – and that includes a 24-9 regular-season mark since coming to Tampa in 2020," Davis wrote. 

While Davis projects the Bucs to repeat their impressive regular-season record of 13-4 from last year, he also has Tampa Bay falling just short of another Super Bowl run yet again, this time losing in the NFC title game to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

While the Bucs did lose some key contributors this offseason, compared to bringing back their entire starting lineup last year after winning the Super Bowl, the additions they made could easily make them a better team than the one that was bounced in the divisional round of last year’s playoffs by the eventual-champion Los Angeles Rams.

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If Brady and his bunch can stay healthy for the most part, there’s no reason to believe the Bucs won’t be able to run away with their division yet again. Considering what Rodgers and the Packers lost this offseason, particularly star wide receiver Davante Adams, it’s hard to imagine the GOAT losing to Green Bay at home with a trip back to the Super Bowl on the line.