The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially out of the playoff hunt in the NFC following their 41-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints, extending the team's losing streak to four games. The Buccaneers will finish the season against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday and, should the Atlanta Falcons lose to the Detroit Lions as well, the Bucs could play potential spoiler to the Falcons home field advantage in the playoffs in their final game of the season.
Despite the team's inability to make it to the postseason, head coach Greg Schiano isn't about to slow things down. For instance, running back Doug Martin has already racked up 273 carries and should reach 312 once the season is over. That'd be good enough for fourth-best in a single season in franchise history. Schiano said if the team was full of older players who could use a little time off things would be different. But with so many young players on the roster, Schiano believes they need to play to help them grow.