The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get to go on primetime for the second time this season. The first time was a Monday Night Football win against the Carolina Panthers. This game is against another divisional opponent in the Atlanta Falcons. The Buccaneers beat the Falcons in Atlanta to start the year off. Let’s hope the Buccaneers are able to get a win this time around as well.
BOLD PREDICTION 1:
Jameis Winston bounces back. Jameis Winston was doing very well in the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders and then came out in the 2nd half and really stunk up the joint. Jameis has had success against the Falcons in his career. He is 3-0 and has a 7-2 TD-INT ratio in the 3 games he has played. The Falcons do not have a special defense. Jameis will have a good game.
BOLD PREDICTION 2:
Mike Evans and Cam Brate will each have a TD. WR Mike Evans and TE Cameron Brate both had quiet games on Sunday. This one will be different. Evans had a TD in week 1 against Atlanta and Brate had a TD against the Falcons last year. Expect that to happen again.
BOLD PREDICTION 3:
Robert Ayers and Noah Spence show up big. Robert Ayers returned to the field last week and made somewhat of an impact. He was able to get there sometimes but was never able to get a sack. Noah Spence, however did get a sack when he came in and forced a fumble which the Bucs recovered. Ayers and Spence were the best lineman for the Bucs on Sunday. Why not on Thursday?
BOLD PREDICTION 4:
Vernon Hargreaves FINALLY gets his first. Rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves had a tough game last week. Amari Cooper beat him several times and so did Michael Crabtree. Vernon will bounce back for the Bucs and get a big pick at a big time in the game.
BOLD PREDICTION 5:
The Bucs walk out 3-0 in the division. Yes Atlanta is 5-3 but I see weaknesses there and weaknesses the Buccaneers should be able to exploit. Jameis seems to have this defense figured out and while it may hurt not having Martin or Rodgers in this game, Peyton Barber will step up and not make any huge mistakes. The Falcons pass rush is improved but not great. Dwight Freeney is out and Vic Beasley is inconsistent. On defense the Bucs may have their hands full. The Falcons have one of the best offenses in the NFL and Matty Ice has been on fire as of late. But like I said for offense, it seems they have Ryan and the Falcons powerful offense figured out. The Falcons will be without RB Tevin Coleman. That helps because Coleman killed Tampa in the passing game in week 1. Lets hope for a W and to gain some ground in taking over the south! GO BUCS!