The Bucs' six-game win streak came to a halt yesterday in Oakland, where the team suffered a 45-0 loss to the Raiders. It marked the worst loss in franchise history, in terms of point differential, as the previous record was a 42-0 loss to Pittsburgh in 1976. Tampa Bay struggled offensively and turned the ball over three times, which led to 21 points for Oakland.
Though Dungy and the Bucs were obviously disappointed with yesterday's performance, the Buccaneers can still clinch a playoff spot for the fifth time in franchise history with a win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.
"Green Bay is going to be a very tough game," Bucs head coach Tony Dungy said. "We'll be anxious to see what they do tonight against the Vikings. They're are playing better, especially offensively and I think Brett (Favre) is healthier with that thumb (injury) so we're going to have a challenge. They put up a lot of points and defensively we've got to play a lot better than we did yesterday."
BUCCANEERS INJURY REPORT Marcus Jones, who started in place of Steve White (turf toe) at defensive end, suffered a right foot sprain against the Raiders. Dungy will also keep a close eye on the status of WR Reidel Anthony (left ankle sprain), WR Karl Williams (right thigh bruise) and CB Ronde Barber (thigh bruise) who suffered minor injuries against the Raiders.
S John Lynch, who bruised his left knee, will be ready to play against Green Bay according to Dungy.
"I think John is going to be fine," said Dungy, "but he's going to have that problem pretty much the rest of the season, so we'll have to rest him during the week."