Ranking All Florida NFL Teams This Season
Tampa Bay Buccaneers all play their home games here.
It’s been a season of mixed fortunes for these teams, so let’s see how each of them has been doing.
1. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The most successful team in football last season, the Buccaneers topped off their season with a thrilling 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl LV. Following on from the victory in their only other Super Bowl appearance, in 2002, this made them only the second franchise to play in this game more than once without tasting defeat.
They decided to keep a winning team together by re-signing every one of their Super Bowl starters for this season, as well as adding a couple of new faces. This level of continuity is reflected in the fact that many experts consider them to be the favorites to win the Super Bowl again this season (visit edge.twinspires.com to learn how to bet on the Super Bowl).
The Buccaneers had a solid start to the season and at the time of writing remain firmly on course to win the NFC South. The combination of a strong defense and a powerful offense led by the ageless Tom Brady means that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them win the seasons’ big game again in early 2022. Brady has stated that he will retire once he sees himself regressing, but that still seems some way off yet.
2. The Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are the oldest pro sports team in Florida and their history is littered with great triumphs and memorable players like Dan Marino, Jason Taylor, and Larry Csonka. Yet, we need to go all the way back to 2008 to find the last time they won the AFC East.
This season, they are in a tough fight to grab one of the play-off spots in the league. At the time of writing, the Dolphins have a 6-7 record following a fantastic winning streak that now stretches to 5 games. It looks like their chances of making it to the play-offs is going to go to the wire and they might end up depending upon results elsewhere to seal their fate.
Among the players who have helped turn around a poor start to the season, Tua Tagovailoa has recovered from a shaky start to become one of the league’s best passers, although there are still doubts about whether he should be the team’s long-term QB. The Dolphins lost 7 of their first 8 games this season but players like Robert Hunt and Brandon Jones have managed to give them a fighting chance of making this a season to remember.
3. The Jacksonville Jaguars
This is one of the few franchises to never reach a Super Bowl. Despite a strong start when they were formed in the mid-1990s, the Jaguars have failed to make waves in recent years, so could 2021 be when that changes?
Sadly, it looks like being another disappointing year for the Jaguars. Injuries and the lack of a clear offensive style have seen them struggle badly. One possible bright spot ahead could come with the NFL draft, where they are likely to get one of the early picks again.
The Jaguars got first pick in 2021 and chose QB Trevor Lawrence, but there has been a lot of debate over how they can change their offense to suit his style. At the moment, a 2-10 record gives them 3rd pick next year, and their lack of points means that some big changes to the offense are still needed. A strong finish to this season would possibly set the Jaguars up for a better attempt next season.
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