Tampa Bay's resilience will be tested as the Buccaneers strive to rebound from the team's first loss in a month and remain in playoff contention.
Sunday's one-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons stopped a four-game winning streak, but was not nearly as costly as it could been for the Bucs. Three other clubs pursuing what would be the second NFC wild-card position also hurt themselves with losses over the weekend.
Tampa Bay (6-5) remains tied with Seattle and Minnesota, one game ahead of New Orleans (5-6). Washington and Dallas also are 5-6.
If the playoffs started this week, the Seahawks would be the second wild card because of a better conference record.
''That's the way this league is. People who are supposed to win don't and that leaves the door open,'' linebacker Adam Hayward said Monday. ''We've just got to take care of our business, the next game coming up, and the ones after that.''
The road ahead figures to be difficult, beginning Sunday at Denver against Peyton Manning a...