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Bucs vs. Rams: NFC's Best Team Wins

10/26/2010 07:01 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

According to Bucs' head coach Raheem Morris, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the best team in the NFC.

And I quote, "We're the best team in the NFC. Yeah, I said it. We're excited."

Well, ok then, Raheem. Let's go ahead and ignore the first three quarters of this weekend's game against the Rams. Three quarters of sloppy, ineffective, penalty-filled play. Let's gloss over the fact that in the Bucs two losses of the season--the only two games played against teams that currently hold a winning record--the team lost by a combined score of 69-19. And never you mind that the 4-2 Bucs are actually a game behind the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.

The Bucs are the best in the NFC! Woo!

Hey, I kind of like being delusional like Coach Raheem. So with that, let's hand out some more Rah-style honors to the NFC-best (Woo!) Bucs:

Josh Freeman is the Best Comeback QB of All Time: On Sunday, Josh Freeman led his third fourth-quarter comeback this year alone. In fact, in his 15 career starts, Freeman has led the Bucs to a comeback win 5 times. Taking it one step further, of the 7 wins in Freeman's short career, roughly 71% have been of the come-from-behind variety. But stats don't tell the whole story. The guy is calm, cool, collected, and confident well beyond his years. Watch him on the sidelines or on the field in the most tense situations. It's like he's playing catch with his kid brother--smiling, chatting, like he knows he's got it under control. It's awesome.

Connor Barth Literally Has a Golden Foot: Kicker Barth made 4 field goals this week, with a long kick of 53 yards, to keep the team in the game long enough to let Freeman do his thing. Last season Barth was one of three starting kickers, but this year it looks like the team just needs one. (Still, I cannot help but think of Barth's Burgers whenever I hear the guy's name. Anyone else? Anyone?)

The Bucs' D Cares About NFL Players' Futures Unlike Any Other Team: It's old news that Roger Goodell has been taking steps recently to protect players from concussions and unnecessarily violent hits. Well, the Bucs' D has taken these regulations extremely seriously. By not rushing the passer, the Bucs have avoided causing undue harm to their QB brethren. In fact, the Bucs are ranked 32nd in the league in sacks. Stylez G did have one big sack in the first quarter this week, which caused Rams QB Sam Bradford to fumble the ball, but Bradford's Oklahoma teammate and third overall draft pick Gerald McCoy has yet to earn a single sack.

LeGarrette Blount is the Next Mike Alstott
: (Ok, so Raheem actually did make this comparison.) Blount, a rookie who was claimed off waivers from Tennessee, ran 72 yards on 11 carries against the Rams, finding running lanes in the second half of the game that fan-favorite Cadillac Williams has struggled to find all year. (Though it was Williams who caught the winning touchdown with 10 seconds left in the game.) The Bucs are currently ranked 22nd in rushing, and Blount looks like a guy who can help the Bucs improve.

Mark Dominik Is the Simon Cowell of Football
: By all accounts, Blount is a humble and hard-working teammate. Fourth-round draft pick WR Mike Williams has been an ace on the field (including picking up a crucial 1st down in the fourth quarter touchdown drive) and matches Freeman in superior work ethic. Similar stories have been told about Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, Cody Grimm, and Sammie Stroughter. Dominik is finding humble, talented, industrious kids to build the team around. So, here's hoping the Bucs manage to become a little more Kelly Clarkson/Carrie Underwood and a little less Lee DeWyze/That Guy With Gray Hair.

The Bucs Will Win the Super Bowl: But, you know, maybe not this year. Sorry, Raheem. A chick can only be so delusion... er, optimistic.