NEW YORK (AP) -- Comments on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (18)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 18) -- Remember they're still very young.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 17) -- Momentum has been lost, and playoffs now look unlikely for them.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 18)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 22) -- Three straight losses have derailed playoff hopes.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 18) -- Rough day for Josh Freeman and the Bucs' defense. Freeman bad early and the defense bad late. Decisive blow for Bucs' playoff chances.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 18) -- The Buccaneers are inept against the pass, allowing a 500-, a 400- and six other 300-yard passers this season. Tampa Bay also has allowed a league-high 10 individual 100-yard receiving games.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 18) -- Greg Schiano's next proposal is to eliminate last-minute touchdowns by opponents.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 18) -- Opponents averaging 8.14 yards per pass attempt. Ugh.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 17) -- Now the young improving team finds themselves in a three-game losing streak and travel to New Orleans. The last time they met, the Saints put 35 points on the board in a win.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 18) -- The loss of front line players to injuries, suspensions and trades is starting to reveal itself for the Bucs. A year away for this team who will be tough to deal with next year.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 19) -- Woeful pass defense is the biggest reason behind a three-game losing streak that has bumped the Buccaneers from being a legitimate playoff contender.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 19) -- Any team that can blow a 21-10 lead with four minutes left against the Eagles is not a good bet to be playing on February 3. Or Jan. 20. Or Jan. 12, 13, 5 or 6.
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