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ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Head Coach Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches from the sidelines during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills won 33-20. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, Wis. Last season appeared to be a major step forward for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Following their 3-13 record in 2009, Tampa Bay went 10-6 in 2010 and only missed the playoffs due to the Green Bay Packers owning the tiebreaker edge.But in Buccaneers' coach Raheem Morris' teleconference on Wednesday with Packers reporters, he was asked why his team, currently with a record of 4-5, has not progressed since their encouraging season a year ago.Morris' response seemed to imply that the biggest difference was a more difficult schedule this season."We've played a couple tougher teams," Morris said. "The games that we have lost, we've lost to the Houston Texans, who are first place in their division; we've lost to the Chicago Bears, who are second in their division; we've lost to the New Orleans Saints, which lead our division. We've played some tougher teams. We've played the Detroit Lions, which are second in their division and are off and running and rolling."We've played some really tough teams. We've got to play better. We've got to execute. We've haven't played as fast, hard, smart and as consistent as we played last year. To get more wins, we've got to do that and get back to that."Perhaps Morris is on to something.Out of Tampa Bay's 10 wins last season, only one came against an opponent with a winning record.In total, the Buccaneers' wins came against teams with a combined record of 55-105. They beat the 2-14 Carolina Panthers twice, while also getting wins against the 4-12 Cincinnati Bengals, 5-11 Cleveland Browns and 5-11 Arizona Cardinals.A season finale win against the 11-5 New Orleans Saints was the only victory against a team with a plus-.500 record.As Morris pointed out, all of Tampa Bay's five losses this season have come against teams with winning records.Statistically, it's no wonder why the Buccaneers are struggling to get wins. On defense, they are ranked 29th in rushing yards allowed and 28th in passing yards allowed.The poor performance in pass coverage could especially be a problem for Morris and his team on Sunday against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.Rodgers leads the NFL in completion percentage, passing yards per attempt and passer rating, and is also on pace to break Dan Marino's all-time single-season record for passing yards.But those numbers don't mean much to Morris."My term around here has always been stats are for losers,'" Morris said.The one statistic that not even Morris can disagree with is that a loss in Green Bay will drop the Buccaneers to 4-6 and even further from a chance at making the playoffs.Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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