Gameday Tampa Bay

September 13th, 2015

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Game 1

Titans at Bucs

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

TV: WTSP-TV Channel 10.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (WDAE-AM 620 and WFUS-FM 103.5 in Tampa-St.Petersburg region); SiriusXM Channel 83.

Weather: Per, very mild fall-like conditions for the opening week of the season at the Den of Depression. While there is expected rain in the early afternoon to drench the tailgaters and provide women with wet T-shirts, the temperature at kickoff is expected to be 81 under mostly cloudy skies. Things will begin to clear in the second half as the temperature should drop to 78 at game’s end. So much for that suffocating heat for a home field advantage.

Odds: Per, Bucs -3.

Outlook: Well, here we go. The day Joe never thought would arrive. Joe never thought this would ever happen. Not just that the Bucs drafted a franchise quarterback, but arguably the most dynamic quarterback since Peyton Manning. That would be “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston. The Jaboo Era is upon us. But there will be growing pains. The NFL is not kind to rookie quarterbacks. Oh, no, Joe has zero reason to believe Jameis can do today what he did in his very first start as a Florida State freshman at Pittsburgh, when he damned near threw a perfect game with twice as many touchdowns (four) as incompletions (two), and one of those incompletions was a drop. That will not happen today. Unless something changes rather dramatically, Jameis, more often than not, will be running for his life. Jameis will need Doug Martin to run like he did his rookie season. But if the line cannot block, who has any faith Martin is going to find running room? So it falls back on Jameis’ shoulders. It could be ugly. Joe truly hopes that the Bucs learned something from scouting Marcus Mariota for months and Lovie and his defense can take advantage of such intel. Joe believes this game will be a defensive struggle. And Lovie just may get his wish: the team with the most takeaways will win.

Nuggets: The Titans (nee: Oilers) have won 19 season openers since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, and with a win today would have four straight. … Vincent Jackson had one of the best playoff games of his career in January 2008, against the Titans, catching five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. … Jackson needs just four 100-yard games to have the most 100-yard receiving games in Bucs history. He currently has 12. … Gerald McCoy is five sacks from tying Brad Culpepper for third-most by a Bucs defensive tackle with 33. David Logan is second with 39. GMC is also tied with Marcell Dareus of Buffalo for most sacks by a defensive tackle the past three seasons with 23. … Lavonte David needs two picks to pass Hardy Nickerson, now his position coach, for sixth-most by a Bucs linebacker; three more to pass Scot Brantley for fifth-place. David currently has six. … With 10 touchdown catches this season, Mike Evans would become the first Bucs receiver to have consecutive double-digit touchdown years. If he does that, Evans would be only the fifth player since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 to accomplish such a feat in his first two seasons. The other four? Randy Moss, Rob Gronkowski, John Jefferson and Daryl Turner.

20 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. DB55 Says:


    Will this be the open thread for today or will we be directed to the message boards?

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Holy crap Joe I think I’m in love. That’s what’s in Tennessee? Dayum. I like the gingers but I can be a sucker for blondes.

    With that said…

    Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise
    Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
    You got mud on yo’ face
    You big disgrace
    Kickin’ your can all over the place

    We will we will rock you
    We will we will rock you

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    OK, Joe….its gameday….and an opportunity lost with the Lovie Confidence Poll…

    I think it would have been better going forward if we had something to base future polls on.

    Just my opinion.

    This will totally leave it up to W-L…..

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    Go Bucs!!! Kick some Titan ass.

  5. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    ME is listed as doubtful now. Gonna take the field in warmups to see if he can go.
    This per Jay Glazer who added he does not believe ME will play today. Time for ASJ to step up and be the TE we’ve hoped for.

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    Okay I’m outta here. Off to Al Lopez. See ya after the game!

    Go Bucs, Go Jameis, Go Lovie, Go D. Just win!

  7. Vincente Says:

    News on Mike Evans?

  8. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Mariota will remind today the Bucs Organization why they made a mistake for not picking him first

    …….get ready to be kicked in the gut Bucs Fans

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    Looking towards the gulf right now the sky is clearing, a rain free game maybe. Go Bucs! Win one for the home team.

  10. Stanglassman Says:

    Evans out today.

  11. BuccoDav Says:

    WOW! Very nice.

  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    McCown went out with a concussion, Manziel threw his first NFL TD.

  13. This Guy Right Here Says:

    Evans is out?! …damn. Time to unleash the Douggernaut! Wear their asses out. Win it 9-3 in the rain! BUC BALL BABY!!!

  14. DB55 Says:

    Mclown, smh. The lesser of the two mccowns.

  15. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Somewhere…..Love is playing with his coach Dungy voodoo doll summoning the ghosts of dungy-ball

  16. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I have faith In the dougernaut. He has shown in the preseason he is back better than ever.

  17. Architek Says:

    cam someone send the link to

  18. Jeagan1999 Says:

    As fun as being at RayJay for opening day would be, it’s 72 degrees and not a cloud in the sky here in the north Georgia mountains! i look forward to watching 2 good young rookie QBs go at it this afternoon! Go Bucs!

  19. Brent Says:

    Alright fellow bucs fan, time for our eternal beat down its game day!

  20. vegasbuccaner Says:

    Where’s all the Winston lovers now send the pic Mariota you guys suck I hate to be a Bucs fan right now where’s the Mariana fans now I don’t hear anything for the Winston fans we need to do scouting department