NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (12)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 12) - Playing hard every week.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 11) - Their effort is consistent, and their wild card hopes remain alive.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 13)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 12) - Came up a little short against Atlanta, but they are getting better each week and will be spoilers the rest of the way.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 15) - Bucs go toe-to-toe with the Falcons, but can't put it away at the end. Now it's wild card or bust.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 12) - The Buccaneers are 6-5 and all five of their defeats have been by a touchdown or less. Tampa Bay lost by 1 to Atlanta, 2 to Washington, 6 to Dallas and 7 to both the Giants and Saints.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 13) - One week after Atlanta it's Denver ... in Denver. Uh-oh, the Bucs stop here.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 12) - Pulling an upset at Denver would serve as a playoff springboard.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 10) - The Bucs are a tough out with a red hot Josh Freeman. Schiano is teaching this group of young players how to win. His advice ... do whatever Ronde Barber is doing on or off the field.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 11) - This team gives a great effort every week and they gave the Falcons all they could handle. It doesn't get any easier as they travel to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 14) - A shoddy secondary and pass rush tied for 28th in sacks with 18 may be what keeps the Buccaneers from reaching the playoffs.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 13) - Now that the Doug Martin secret is out, it's been a little more difficult for the Muscle Hamster against those loaded boxes.