Shaun King Predicts Decisive Bucs LossNovember 21st, 2012
The Bucs are taking a big step up in class of opponent on Sunday to the Falcons, and former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, now an NFL analyst for NBC Sports Network, thinks the Bucs aren’t ready yet to tango at that level.
One of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, King says he expects a good thumping from Atlanta despite saying the Falcons are “not world beaters when you watch them on film.”
“I think they’ll beat us pretty good,” King said on WDAE-AM 620 before predicting a 27-13 defeat.
King went to say he believes the Bucs will struggle to protect Josh Freeman and the Falcons will bring their A-game Sunday.
King also said the Bucs need to use a “proven” back like Doug Martin more and work to be more of a “run-first team” and maximize play-action.The high-flying heroics of Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are not something the Bucs can count on. “That’s not something that’s sustainable,” King said.
Joe definitely disagrees with some of King’s takes. The Bucs have done an extraordinary job protecting Josh Freeman, and Donald Penn has historically fared well against John Abraham, who leads Atlanta with nine sacks. Given the Falcons struggles stopping the run, for this game Joe suspects the Bucs will no doubt be a run-first team, even if that’s not the strategy moving forward.
As for King’s score prediction, well, the Bucs haven’t lost a game by more than a touchdown all season. And Joe hardly expects this to be the week that happens. Joe is expecting a tight game that comes down to the final two minutes.