Gameday Tampa Bay!

September 25th, 2016

Game 3

Rams at Bucs

Kickoff: 4: 05 p.m.

TV: Locally, WTVT-TV Channel 13; DirecTV Channel 714.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (WDAE-AM 620 and WFUS-FM 103.5 in Tampa-St.Petersburg region); SiriusXM Channel 84.

Weather: Joe loves Florida fall. You can have your 70 degree days: Joe will take sunny Florida where it is still summer no matter what the calendar says — and when you can still wear shorts at night. Tailgaters may have to deal with thunderstorms and 92 degrees, per Kickoff is expected to be 91 under partly-sunny skies. By the fourth quarter, the temperature should cool off to 85.

Odds: Per, Bucs -4.5.

Outlook: The term “must win” is thrown around way, way, way too much almost to ridiculous lengths, especially in September. But if there is a must-win game in September, the Bucs are looking at it this afternoon. If the Bucs lose to the rotten Rams, the Bucs will be 1-2 with the Broncos and Panthers the next two opponents. If the Bucs lose today, they are heading into the bye with a 1-4 record, the season in the tank, and for yet another friggin’ year, draft talk will heat up in October. Just the thought of this makes Joe want to shove his head into a toilet. But that’s the bed the Bucs made for themselves. Why the pessimism? Look no further than last week where the Bucs, coming off a thrilling road division win, shat all over themselves and looked like the same old Bucs we have become accustomed to watching since Chucky was fired. Same old sorry Bucs who got blown out by good teams just like they did under Raheem Morris, under Greg Schiano, under Lovie Smith. SOS. So, with an offense that is beat up playing a team with a defense that has no problem blasting a pair of brass knuckles into someone’s grill, this has the classic set up of the backyard bully beating up a kid for his lunch money on his way to school. The Rams defense is a bunch of brawlers. With Doug Martin out, Charles Sims is anything but a proven runner (though an excellent receiver). On paper, it sure seems the Rams easily can turn the Bucs into a one-dimensional offense. which is exactly what makes defensive coordinators drool. Just what Jeff Fisher wants: Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald to pin their ears back and go after America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. This game scares the hell out of Joe. But you know what, we should all know by 7 p.m. tonight what kind of Bucs team this is. Will it be soft and roll over for the Rams? Or will the offense punch back and square off against the bully? Are the Bucs dawgs or puppies? It may not be a must-win game, but this season is very much at a crossroads on Sept. 25. Which way do the Bucs turn? The beat up Bucs offense vs. the bruising Rams defense: That’s a bad match-up for the Bucs.

Trinkets: Fisher is 8-1 all-time vs. Bucs, including wins over the Bucs in each of the past four seasons. … Rams PR Tavon Austin is tied for second place in Rams history with three punts returned for touchdowns. … Rams TE Lance Kendricks is tied for third in Rams history with 15 touchdown catches. … In his first season as Rams MLB, Alex Ogletree leads the team with 27 tackles, 21 solo. … OLB Mark Barron is second on the Rams in tackles with 15. He led the Rams in tackles last season with 135. … The Rams are last in the NFL in total offensive yards per game (234). … WR Kenny Britt leads the Rams in receptions (10) and receiving yards (161). … RB Todd Gurley has only 98 yards rushing this season. … The Bucs are eighth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (76.5). … WR Mike Evans leads the Bucs in receptions (11) and yards receiving (169). … LB Lavonte David needs a half-sack to surpass Shelton Quarles (13.5) for fourth-most sacks by a Bucs linebacker. … With a touchdown catch today, Evans would become the first Bucs player to catch a touchdown pass in each of the first three games of a season. … WR Vincent Jackson currently has 4,215 yards receiving as a Bucs player. He needs 76 more yards to pass Jimmie Giles for third-most receiving yards in franchise history.

49 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay!”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Alright Smith, lets see if your defense can stop a backup quarterback and the worst offense in the league, or will they get carved up?

    If our defense doesnt produce today its the scheme and the coaching, not the players. Fingers crossed.

  2. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Kendricks is third all time in TDs catches for the Rams???? 15? Really? Bruce and Holt must be 1 and 2, but Kendricks, that surprises me.

  3. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Joe, if the thought of early draft talk makes you put your head in a toilet, make sure ASJ flushes it first!😛😂

  4. Mike Johnson Says:

    Where are accidents when you need them? Look at the above captioned gal. If only the young lady’s bra would somehow break!! That and a Bucs victory would cap my Sunday!!


    The ticker on the bottom of the screen is still claiming that LVD is out? WTF?

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    Break up the Bucs sleepwalking. Playing in a familiar place, expecting an unfamiliar result. A win here is a near must. Make it happen.

  7. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    MikeJ, I wholeheartedly agree!!!

  8. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Great QBs rise to the occasion, and this is a good test for America’s/2nd Most Hated Quarterback, Jameis Winston. We are all hoping that he leads the Bucs to victory!

  9. DB55 Says:

    Joe says:

    Charles Sims is anything but a proven runner (though an excellent receiver).
    Finally coming around to that realization? We’re better off letting Jameis run the option than handing off the Simms all game. Although, if you put Simms in the slot he’s a game breaker.

    And not for nothing, I see you guys sleeping on Keenum but that boy can throw the long ball. Conte will get burnt at least 3-4 times if he’s not careful. Why is Conte our starting safety again? Oh yea cuz our real starting safety is playing for the Rams today. Oh man, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

  10. ptwalk Says:

    Sims might surprise some of you.

  11. Doctor Stroud Says:

    It’s early, but the Bills are (as of the mid-second quarter) shutting down the Cardinals 17-0. The Cardinals really must have been focusing on the Bucs last week.

  12. Chris Says:

    Bodacious Ta-Tas: Sid Worley

  13. Kobe Faker Says:

    Let jacqiuizz be the feature back

    Sims strength is recieving

    **damn wish the rams and denver game was at 1pm. Arizona is sleeping coming from west

  14. JAB83 Says:

    Can i get some support on the need to get JW OUT OF THE POCKET early in the game to help him burn off some of that extra “JUICE”???

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Joe……now seeing on Fox scroll that LVD is out for the game with a shoulder.
    I realize that Koetter said he was good to go yesterday….but seems unlikely two networks would get this wrong.
    Do you have any new info?

  16. ARGH_M8E Says:

    LVD is out??? Did I miss something??????

  17. Joe Says:

    Joe wrote Friday night how Koetter said Lavonte would play. Not sure why some of you chose not to believe him orJoe’s reporting.

  18. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Ugh, I hate these later games!!! I’ll b hammered by the start again… Well on my way anyways!!! PLEASE SHOW UP TODAY BUCS & BUCS FANS. I wanted to jump off a bridge after the last game, I love this team so much but they also love to punish me. Masochist maybe, but I really want to see these boys succeed wether it’s against the Lambs or whoever the fcuk! We can win this one so let’s!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s not that we don’t believe your reporting or Koetter……the question is why do Fox and the NFL network not believe it because they both are reporting LVD out…..I simply and asking if something has changed since Koetter made his statement.


    Yea, joe I believe u. It’s just confusing that NFL is saying he’s out

  21. ARGH_M8E Says:

    ESPN JUST SAID LVD is in!!!!!! Thank god… wait, can we trust em?


    Lol, nfl just reported LVD and Ryan smith will play. Crisis averted

  23. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Trust in Joe, why would we not… we all turn here for all things BUCS! Let’s gooooooooo


    Vikings could pull this one out. And Scam is banged up, been getting hit all day

  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    That’s good because we desperately need a good game from LVD & Kwon today.

  26. DB55 Says:

    Ye of so little faith.

  27. DB55 Says:


    Can I get a reprieve on my ip so I can use my wiwi? Please.

  28. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Mine is also still blocked…..

  29. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Vikings finally ahead of Panthers..Go Vikings!!!

  30. MadMax Says:

    Ineed to be replacing my hot water heater, but football is back baby! Go BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. BennyBucs Says:


  32. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bucs are giving the Rams 4.5 points. Hey we’re supposed to get points like usual.

  33. Pit Says:

    We are worst then I thought. The Cardinals are getting destroyed against Bills and we barely scored once. We suck as always. 🙁

  34. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo doesn’t want JBF amigos to worry….Pablo is not injured…..there are reports that Pablo pulled his elongated arc… concern….Pablo pulled it deliberately….several times”

  35. 911bucs Says:



  36. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Bradford is carving up the Stinkin’ Panthers. Quick passes..moving the chains…
    Go Vikings! Love it if Carolina goes to 1-2 with a home loss!

  37. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Meanwhile the GMen are choking at home against the deadskins.

    We gotta win today and wild card possibilities will be available after the bye.

  38. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    @Mike Johnson

    She’s not THAT great. You must be single, lol.

  39. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    My game prediction:

    I personally believe the Rams will end up with the first pick in the draft, or close to it. I would moark this down as a sure win, but because of the Bucs record in recent years against backup QBs, you have to give the Rams at least some chance of a win.

    Bucs Chances of win: 75%

    So yes…we SHOULD win this one…barring a disaster.

  40. Bird Says:

    I am nervous as hell. The bills are stomping Arizona. Which bucs team will show up.

  41. DB55 Says:

    This giants v redskins game is everything football is supposed to be. Great game.

  42. orlbucfan Says:

    Last I looked, Cards were getting beat 17-0. If the early scores hold up, some whales will get hurt bad. Good. We’ll win. This is the 3rd regular season game played with a new coaching regime. Enough said. Go Bucs!!

  43. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Every team will have a bad week in a season, even the best. The Buccaneers just usually don’t get to be the team that benefits from it.

    The fact that the Cards are getting hurt means nothing.

  44. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Panthers will lose….

  45. orlbucfan Says:

    How does the weather look? We are beginning to get storms in O-ville.

  46. VaBuc Says:

    its sad that the bills the darn bills are whooping the cardnials butt smgdh but were. better than the bills and get smashed by the cardinals i so pissed i know its a new week but smh just sad

  47. Mike Johnson Says:

    Buc Bonzai…Perhaps no Marilyn Monroe. But I bet..You would not turn her down now would you? Especially if that Bra breaks.

  48. Mike Johnson Says:

    How is it? An NFL team (Rams) can have absolutely no offense until they play the..Tampa Bay Bucs? Amazing isn’t it?

  49. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’m gone. 4 min left in the game. You losers freak me out. Koetter this, Defensive coordinator Smith that..This teams Defense is no better than it was under Lovie Smith!! matter of fact, it looks worse. You got a team that could not score a TD for 2 straight games..come into our House and score 30 plus?
    Fire Koetter and Fire Smith!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much for your offensive coordinator ..the great Koetter. Welcome to loserville Dr Koetter. No more hiding behind..Lovie Smith. Better get ready for Denver. And I hear..they are much better than the Rams. grab some wood people. Its gonna be a long long season.