Shannon Sharpe Doesn’t Think Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Go Undefeated this Season

Published 05/12/2021, 1:55 PM EDT
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with his teammates after beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to attempt to defend their Super Bowl title. After a glorious night at the Raymond James Stadium, the Buccaneers walked away with the Super Bowl title.

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Tom Brady showed that he can win wherever he goes, as helped the Buccaneers rally through the season. So far, they’ve made some excellent moves in the off-season, bringing back almost everyone from their title-winning squad. But can they go undefeated this season?

Not according to Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe. He spoke on Undisputed about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their schedule for the season.

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He doesn’t think Tom Brady and company can go undefeated, despite them facing weaker teams at the beginning of the season.

Sharpe thinks that there are always teams that no one expects to do well and surprise people. Therefore, Sharpe went with a modest 13-4 record prediction for the Buccaneers.

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“They’re playing the NFC East. So they’re looking at the Cowboys, the Bears, the Falcons, Washington. Come on, man. But they’re not going 17-0. I’ll say 13-4 just looking at their schedule.

“We go through this every year. Teams that we think are going to be really good, end up being not as good as we think they’re going to be. Some team always pops up and rears their head and comes out of nowhere. So I’ll say at 17 games best, I’ll go 13-4.”

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These comments come as no surprise from Sharpe. Many analysts have noted that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would not go undefeated in the upcoming season.

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That isn’t an indictment of the team, but rather, an indication of how difficult it is to go undefeated in an NFL season. And the fact that the NFL has added an extra game for the regular season just makes that task that much harder.

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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However, they do have a very strong team going into the new season. They haven’t made too many new recruitments for the new season, bringing back most of the players that were part of their Super Bowl-winning team.

So they are strong as they dive headfirst into the new season. And with Tom Brady at the helm and making the decisions on the field, the Buccs will feel confident about their chances of running it back.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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