NFL Power Rankings: Panthers rise, Patriots fall in Week 13

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Nov 29, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) shakes hands with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) after their game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Indianapolis Colts won over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25-12. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports


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The Buccaneers couldn’t convert opportunities into points as they fell to a tough road loss to the Colts. Inconsistency has been the story of the Bucs season, but fans can be impressed with the strides the franchise has made this season.

Jameis Winston didn’t have his best game, but this is expected of a rookie. His first season is a continuous learning process, and he has all the tools to become a top quarterback in this league down the line. We’re already seeing big improvements to this Buccaneers team.

The playoffs will be tough to break into this year, but the Bucs aren’t completely out of it. To get in, they will need some momentum and to get hot at the right time. This starts with two home divisional games with Atlanta and New Orleans. They beat both teams on the road, and neither team is playing great football right now. Two wins would put the Buccaneers at 7-6 and in with a shout.

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