Gameday Tampa BaySeptember 22nd, 2013
Bucs at Patriots
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
TV: WTVT-TV, Channel 13 locally. Outside the Tampa Bay area, DirecTV Channel 710.
Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (in Tampa WFUS-FM 103.5, and WDAE-AM 620); SiriusXM Channel 139.
Weather: Per AccuWeather.com, expect the game to start off in the rain, but only briefly. Possibly by the second quarter the rain will give way to sunshine for the rest of the afternoon. Temperatures still are somewhat warm for the Northeast in late September; kickoff is expected to be 69 degrees and will climb gradually slightly from there into the low 70s.
Odds: Per FootballLocks.com, Patriots -7.
Outlook: There is no way to be polite about this. If the Bucs lose today, forget about the playoffs. There is no way the Bucs, in the stacked NFC, will be able to recover from starting 0-3. If the Bucs lose today, just to get to 8-8, they would have to finish the season with an 8-5 run. It is very doubtful that an 8-8 team will make a Wild Card in the NFC.
If the Bucs lose today, depending how the Bucs lose, there could be upheaval afoot. If franchise quarterback Josh Freeman has a bad day, say two or three picks and is generally off target, the Mike Glennon Watch will be in full force. Remember, in his last 16 road games, Freeman is a miserable 4-12.
Joe believes the only way to win this game is to put Patriots All-World quarterback Tom Brady on the ground. Before the season, Joe would have thought that was a preposterous thought. But no one, including Joe, expected the Bucs to be tied for the NFL lead in sacks.
Last week, the Bucs literally beat up Drew Brees, who is much more mobile than Brady. Granted, the Patriots’ offensive line is better than the Saints’ but Brees is a much more mobile target.
Just like in the old days of the Bucs, the glory days, the defense will have to carry the day.