NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (12)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 14) - Josh Freeman and young Bucs are fun to watch.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 10) - They're tough and they can score. Josh Freeman is fulfilling promise.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 11) - Gathering momentum with another impressive win.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 13) - Another terrific comeback effort from Josh Freeman in a road win over the Panthers. Statement game now on tap for Sunday: Falcons at Tampa.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 10) - Dekoda Watson is making a bid for special-teams player of the month for the Bucs. He blocked a kick two weeks ago against San Diego then recovered a fumbled punt last week versus Carolina.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 13) - The 1981 San Diego Chargers, the 1999 St. Louis Rams, the 2007 New England Patriots and the 2012 Tampa Bay ... OK, so they're not one of the NFL's greatest offenses. But they're a lot better than they were.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 13) - A victory against Atlanta would mark their first five-game winning streak in a decade.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 12) - Schiano has injected toughness and a resolve into this young team that never quits. The Bucs can score on any team right now.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 10) - Greg Schiano for Coach of the Year? He's got my vote! What he has done with this team in the midst of a number of season ending injuries to front line starters is nothing short of remarkable!
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 12) - Wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who caught the touchdown and 2-point conversion that sent Sunday's 27-21 victory over Carolina into overtime, is proving worth every penny of the five-year, $55.56 million contract he signed as a free agent.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 10) - They have won four in a row, and Greg Schiano is starting to look like a coach of the year candidate.