PRE-SEASON GAMES 11 Aug v Pittsburgh Lost 17-27 The offense 19 Aug at NY Jets 26 Aug v Baltimore
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NFC EAST NFC CENTRAL NFC WEST Dallas 12-4 Minnesota 8-7-1 LA Rams 12-4 Philadelphia 9-7 Green Bay 8-7-1 Atlanta 9-7 Washington 8-7 Detroit 7-9 New Orleans 7-9 St Louis 6-10 Chicago 7-9 San Francisco 2-14 NY Giants 6-10 Tampa Bay 5-11 AFC EAST AFC CENTRAL AFC WEST New England 11-5 Pittsburgh 14-2 Denver 10-6 Miami 11-5 Houston 10-6 Oakland 9-7 NY Jets 8-8 Cleveland 8-8 Seattle 9-7 Buffalo 5-11 Cincinnati 4-12 San Diego 9-7 Baltimore 5-11 Kansas City 4-12 WILD CARD GAMES Atlanta 14 Philadelphia 13 Houston 17 Miami 9 DIVISIONAL GAMES Dallas 27 Atlanta 20 LA Rams 34 Minnesota 10 Houston 31 New England 14 Pittsburgh 33 Denver 10 CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES Dallas 28 LA Rams 0 Pittsburgh 34 Houston 5 SUPER BOWL XIII at the Orange Bowl, Miami Pittsburgh 35 Dallas 31
When the third-year Bucs lost their first two games, it looked like more of the same for the joke franchise in the NFL. But then rookie Doug Williams led the team to four wins in six games before breaking his jaw and the young and talented defense began to make its mark around the league. No longer would there be easy games and hilarity about this franchise - the Buccaneers were about to have their day. For the third year running, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owned the first pick of the NFL draft, but unlike their first two seasons, they did not reserve the privilege of selecting the first player for themselves. After the success of Lee Roy Selmon in 1976, and the limited success of Ricky Bell the year after, the Bucs did not really want to take the overwhelming choice of college football's best player, running back Earl Campbell. So they traded down and found their first offensive face of the franchise in Williams.
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