The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5, 2nd NFC South) know that they will have their hands full this weekend as they welcome the Seattle Seahawks (7-2, 1st NFC West) but, the chances that they can pull out a win are at least 50-50 as the Seahawks are 2-2-1 on the road.
Head Coach Dirk Koetter knows that the key will be the Seahawks defense and hopes they can come up with a game plan to thwart it.
When you watch Seattle on film, that’s who we want to be. That’s who we want to be like,” Koetter said. “They’ve been doing it for a long time and even though they’ve been to the top, they still play extremely hard. We pride ourselves on being a team that plays hard. It’s a great example, all our guys have to do is turn on the tape and watch. We’re playing a good football team and we know it. We’re looking forward to the competition.”
Buccaneers looking to erase last weeks loss from mind
The secondary was torched by the Raiders last weekend to the tune of 513 yards and four touchdowns by Derek Carr and still the Bucs had opportunities to win.
“They tried to give us the game — two missed field goals and all those penalties,” Tampa Bay tackle Demar Dotson said. “We didn’t take it.”
“Totally unacceptable, no doubt about it,” said Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith. “Some of them are missed leverage and missed tackles, there were some that were short throws that we did not tackle well, there were some that we had miscommunication where we had the wrong guy hung on the receiver when he shouldn’t have been there. So, there’s a myriad of things that we have got to get better at. And I don’t think we should try to blame it on one player, one group. We work in tandem.
Now comes another top performing quarterback in Matt Ryan, who is having the best year of his career. With a QB rating of 115.8, Ryan has passed for 2636 yards and 19 touchdowns to only four interceptions.
Even though the Buccaneers have won three straight against the Falcons to include this year’s season opener, Ryan has his team humming at a high rate right now.
“Their offense has always been good. It looks like they’ve finally settled on who their second and third receivers are, they’ve kind of found their role. They’ve really developed the two running back system. The one second guy (Tevin Coleman) might be out — he was out last week — but what an explosive player that he’s turned into, much more so than last year, and (Devonta) Freeman’s been good the whole time.”
When Noah Spencer was drafted with the 39th overall draft selection, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew exactly whom they were going after. Spencer, a one time Buckeye, finished out his college career with Eastern Kentucky becoming an FCS All American in his senior year. RB Coach Tim Spencer’s son played with him before his ejection from Ohio State.
“He’s a pleasant young man,” Spencer said. “I didn’t get to talk to him much, but I get to talk to him now, to find out what type of kid he is.”
The defense will be led by new Coordinator Mike Smith who is tweaking the defensive package to become a “flexible” 4-3 based scheme.
“We’re looking for as much flexibility as we possibly can, to be able to scheme against our opponents, to be able to prepare for injuries,” Smith said Thursday. “You have to have multiple guys prepared at different positions.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping to even up the series match up against the Houston Texans to two wins each. The two teams have met three times with the Texans holding a 2-1 edge.
After keeping the New Orleans out of the win column last week, the Bucs still have a lot of work to do with Jameis Winston who recovered from a terrible week 1 (16-33 for 210 yards, 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s 2 sacks) to stun the Saints 26-19 by going 14-21 for 207 yards and a touchdown, as well as a touchdown on the ground…good for a 114 QB rating.
The Bucs will be facing a Texans team without the services of RB Arian Foster who is recovering from an groin injury that kept him out of the loss to the Panthers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers season continues its downward spiral as they lost their sixth game in a row and eight out of their last nine games. The Atlanta Falcons used the Bucs to stop their own losing skid.
“It’s been too long since we won a game. It’s always better when you come out on the right end, so we’ll enjoy it,” Quarterback Matt Ryan said after throwing for 219 yards and one touchdown without an interception. “But we also know with the way the division is shaking out, we’re right in the mix.”
Let’s face it. This game was way over at halftime when the score was 35-0. Matt Ryan lived up to his nickname of Matty Ice after he started the game with a pyrotechnic to the eye and finished with Maddenisque stat line of 21-34 for 286 yards (221 in the first half) and 3 touchdowns with a final score of 14-65.
As good as the Falcons offense was, their defense was on the same page with the Buccaneers held to 121 yards passing with 1 touchdown and only 60 yards rushing and the special teams highlight was Devin Hester’s record breaking kick return for a touchdown with “Neon” Deon Sanders in attendance.
So much has changed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise over the course of the last year. Long time team owner Marc Glazer passed away on May 18 of this year just as the team put in place a new General Manager, Jason Licht and a new Head Coach, Lovie Smith. Add in a new starting quarterback in Josh McGowen and this could prove to be an interesting year for the Bucs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shot themselves in the foot this weekend with two turnovers on downs, a missed 38-yard FG and a Josh Freeman interception which doomed the Bucs. Even with all the adversity Freeman is enduring, his head coach Greg Schiano remains confident in him and will stick with Freeman for the foreseeable future.
“Josh is our starter. That’s where we are,” Schiano said. “He’s done some good things and he’s done some things that he’d like to change and we’d like to. But it’s the whole offensive unit. We need to be more precise and we need to coach more precisely, it’s everybody involved.”
The Bucs will get another opportunity to right the ship as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles after this weeks bye week. The game will take place October 13th. Great seats are still available!
Tampa Bay is looking to rebound from it’s embarrassing 41-0 loss last weekend and hope to get back on the winning track against the visiting St. Louis Rams. LB Adam Hayward put it best.
“We’ve got something to prove. When you get a butt-whipping like that, you don’t want to end on a note like that, you want to go out there and fight and kind of be like, ‘This is how I want to be remembered,’ not being blown out 41-0. I know these guys and I see it in their eyes and they want to play football.”
The Rams are also looking to rebound from a 36-22 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. First year coach Jeff Fisher has been a little disappointed on how the season has unfolded but knows that in the NFL there are not many opportunities to win and a ton of opportunities to lose.
“We have a chance, with success this week, if that happens, we have chance to finish with a winning record. We have a chance to, if we’re successful this week, we have a chance to be undefeated in the division, which is going to be a very, very difficult task, especially up there, so there’s challenges, Fisher said. “We talk improving. From day one we’ve talked about improving and you just don’t stop improving in Week 17 when the game’s over. You push right through the season, then you push in the offseason and then you move forward improving the big picture with this football team.”
The Buccaneers finish the season on the road against the surging Atlanta Falcons.