3. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t put up that kind of showing two weeks in a row
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not one of the best teams in the NFL, that is without question. While I will give them credit for being better than a lot of people give them credit for, I still will not consider them one of the best teams in the league.
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This is not a team that is going to finish the year with a winning record against other teams that are above .500. Will they float around long enough to be in the playoff picture? Probably. But they are a team that will win some of these games definitively and lose some head-scratchers.
Teams like this rarely repeat a feat like this in back-to-back weeks. And the Bucs, in particular, are a team that always seems to pull these kinds of games out of nowhere, only to fade back into obscurity a week later.
With Winston struggling against the New Orleans Saints’ defense, there is absolutely no way that the Bucs can have another showing that they had last week. If they are going to win this game then they are going to need to have a defensive showing, which as we saw, is not something to bank on.
The Bucs were in the right place in the right time in what was a trap game for the Rams. They got off to a lead early and forced the Rams to play with more urgency, which led to some very questionable playcalling which included the Rams only running the ball 11 times in total.
The Saints won’t fall into that trap and the only way the Bucs can win this game is if they get ahead early and hope their defense holds on for the rest of the way.
That is not the greatest gameplan to take into a game against this team, especially considering they are due for an offensive outbreak after Sunday night.