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Buccaneers needs for 2013: Secondary, pass rush must improve

A flurry of free-agent moves and a trade-up in the draft helped Tampa Bay address its offense this past offseason. After a 7-9 finish, the Bucs will need to make similar moves to shore up their pass defense if they hope to be a more serious contender for an NFC playoff berth in 2013.

Buccaneers final report card -- 2012: Better, but not playoff-worthy yet

Tampa Bay showed marked improvement in several key areas in the first season under coach Greg Schiano, but deficiencies in key areas cost the Bucs a chance to make a playoff run.

Buccaneers 2013 schedule: Secondary to be tested on the road

If Tampa Bay hopes to make a playoff run in its second season under coach Greg Schiano, it will have to handle a schedule that includes road tests against explosive passing attacks in New England and Detroit.

Buccaneers highlights, lowlights 2012

With both a four-game winning streak and a five-game losing streak, Tampa Bay had its share of ups and downs in 2012. Here are RapidReports' picks for the top highlights and lowlights from the Bucs' first year under coach Greg Schiano.

Buccaneers' MVPs 2012: Newcomers sweep team honors

Tampa Bay made aggressive moves in the draft and free agency after a miserable 2011 season, and most of those decisions paid off in 2012, as reflected in's RapidReports picks for the team's MVPs.

Postgame analysis: Liberty Bowl -- Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17

The rematch between Iowa State and Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl flipped the script from the first meeting between these two teams, as the Golden Hurricane rallied from an early deficit to win 31-17 on Monday.

Bucs Report Card: Season ends on strong note with win at Atlanta

Tampa Bay's playoff chances wilted away with a five-game losing streak late in the season. But the Buccaneers should enter the offseason on a relatively happy note thanks to Sunday's 22-17 win over the NFC's No. 1 seed, Atlanta.

Bucs Game Preview vs. Falcons -- Analysis, prediction, TV info

Neither team has anything to play for but pride in a Week 17 matchup between NFC South rivals Tampa Bay and Atlanta.

Liberty Bowl Preview: Iowa State vs. Tulsa -- Analysis, TV info

It's a rematch of the season opener for both teams. Iowa State hopes for a similar result, while Tulsa hopes to cap off its Conference USA championship season by exacting a measure of revenge.

Postgame analysis: Holiday Bowl -- Baylor 49, No. 17 UCLA 26

Baylor's offense had shredded opponents for much of the season, but its defense made plays early to give the Bears an insurmountable lead by halftime of Thursday night's Holiday Bowl, a 49-26 win over UCLA in San Diego.

Holiday Bowl Preview: Baylor vs. UCLA -- Analysis, TV info

Baylor and No. 17 UCLA have explosive options at the skill positions. Could the Holiday Bowl serve as a late Christmas gift for those who enjoy a glut of points and yards?

Buccaneers Report Card: Josh Freeman struggles in another loss

For the fifth consecutive week, Tampa Bay fell. For Bucs fans who were already frustrated with QB Josh Freeman, Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Rams did nothing to convince them that Freeman can lead this franchise to better things in the years to come.

Postgame analysis: Rams 28, Buccaneers 13

Tampa Bay's nosedive continued on Sunday, as another poor outing from QB Josh Freeman helped St. Louis to a convincing 28-13 road win at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Rams inactives vs. Buccaneers

Rams inactives for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay include WR Steve Smith and RB Terrance Ganaway.

Buccaneers inactives vs. Rams

The Buccaneers have announced their inactive players for Sunday's home finale against the Rams.

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