Gameday Tampa BayDecember 23rd, 2012
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
TV: Blacked out locally. Game will be available free on NFL.com’s Game Rewind at midnight. DirecTV Channel 713.
Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (in Tampa WFUS-FM, 103.5 and WDAE-AM, 620); SiriusXM Channel 148.
Weather: Per AccuWeather.com, a bit chilly but a nice, sunny day. Kickoff temperature will be 64 and will gradually hover around the expected high for the day, 66, the rest of the game. Virtually no wind.
Odds: Per Sportsbook.com, Bucs -3.
Outlook: The playoff dream is gone. Now it’s just for pride. Joe believes Bucs coach Greg Schiano won’t let up whatsoever and part of that is to weed out the non-Buccaneer Men still on the roster. As with most games, the Bucs will go as far as embattled quarterback Josh Freeman takes them. Part of the twisted fun of following the Bucs is trying to decide which Josh Freeman shows up: The good Josh or the bad Josh? The past month, the bad Josh has shown up, worse by the week in fact. Joe the Bucs’ pass defense will make Sam Bradford look like Kurt Warner, which is what the Bucs pass defense does so well. They turned Nick Foles, a third round draft pick rookie, into Donovan McNabb. Fear not Bucs fans, a loss is as good as a win. Of course, Joe wants to see the Bucs win. But if the Bucs lose, that’s just a higher draft pick in April.