Gameday Tampa Bay!

September 17th, 2017

Game 1

Bears (0-1) at Bucs (0-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

TV: WTVT Channel 13; DirecTV Channel 709

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (WXTB-FM 97.9 in Tampa-St. Petersburg region); SiriusXM Channel 132.

Weather: It’s still summer in Florida. Per, the weather will be pleasant for tailgaters under sunny skies and temps in the low 80s but it will steadily climb. Expect a kickoff temperature of 90 which will climb slightly to 92 by the third quarter and at the end of the game should be back down to 90. Only a few clouds are expected during the game.

Odds: Per, Bucs -6.5.

Outlook: This is a hard one to figure out because it is the first game for the Bucs and do we really know if the Bears are any good? Joe always has to brace himself from the normal and anticipated Week 1 overreaction in the NFL. Here is what we do know: Bears starting left guard Kyle Long did not make the trip to Tampa so he is out. The Bears have good running backs and Mike Glennon at quarterback. To Joe, this is simple. Do your best to stop the Bears run game and force Glennon to throw the ball. Then, once the Bears go all one-dimensional, you release the hounds. Glennon is about as mobile as a fire hydrant. Joe just salivates at the thought of “Gumby” Noah Spence going after Glennon. (Could Mike Smith be creative and start blitzing Lavonte David more? That might be scarier for Glennon than Spence.) Offensively, getting a lead early will help take the Bears out of a running attack. The Bucs have the weapons to do this in the passing game. Trick is, is the timing all screwed up with all the time off? When the first team offense takes a snap today, it will be its first time in 22 days in a game atmosphere.

Here are 5 more things to watch today.

23 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay!”

  1. Dano74 Says:

    Finally get to watch Bucs play!

  2. DoNUTS Says:

    Go BUCS!

  3. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Finally! Go Bucs! My prediction…Bucs 31 -Bears 13!

    On a bit of a side note, my wife and I got a chance to check out the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta yesterday for an MLS soccer game….and all I can say is WOW…what an amazing sports venue! If any of you are thinking of going to the game against the Falcons right after Thanksgiving, by all means do so! It is totally amazing. We will be back there for that game for sure!

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    “Stinking Bucs”

    WTF Joe????

  5. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Sam Bradford is OUT!! We don’t have a great history against Keenum, but this is great news for next week! Bradford looked “on point”, and I think we can’t lose to Keenum again. Keep Bradford out next week!!!

  6. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I want as many NFC teams to lose as possible..and I too hope Bradford is still out next week and for today, all I can say is FINALLY my Bucs are playing!! FINALLY!!

  7. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Life, I concur!

  8. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Although I kind of wish Bradford would have tried to play today so he would get hit hard by Pittsburghs’ pass rush. I don’t want him to get hurt bad, just enough for him not to play against us! Lol

  9. NOSBOS Says:

    Sweet Caroline. Your pic library definitely on point Joe. Oh yea,we bout crush these dudes.

  10. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Our next few games don’t look as bad now as they did a few weeks ago. Bradford hurt, David Johnson hurt, all of the Pats injuries and the Giants offense looks terrible. This could be a great start to our season as long as we stay healthy!

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    24 – 10 Bucs!

  13. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Nole, you ready?! Let’s go!!!

  14. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    24-13 Bucs!

  15. MadMax Says:

    Yeah! Get to stay home and drink beer cheaply while watching it!

    Im sticking with my 17 – 10 Bucs win. I hope we kill them by a lot more but theres other factors involved. Regardless, by the 4th Q we’ll take over.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t feel it matters if opponents QBs are healthy. This Bucs team will go all the way either way.

    Well…a few easy games would be nice to make up for no bye…but I’m hoping for those later in the season.

  17. Jeffbuc Says:

    That pic is distracting

  18. David Says:

    Where’s the coverage map joe??? Your slipping bro! Lol

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    A little something to fire us up even more. Imagine Jameis Winston saying these things:

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    David Says
    “Where’s the coverage map joe??? Your slipping bro! Lol”

    Actually, you are. Scroll down the homepage:

  21. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I just rewatched the Pats opening game, maaaan, I’m sorry but they didn’t look to good at all…When Brady got sacked, he looked like the little old lady from the “I can’t get up” commercial..

    Philly vs Chiefs..Go Chiefs..

    Are you an AFC team? Go win them all baby!

    I want to see the collapse of the Vikings..and the Falcons, and Giants, and Panthers and Saints, well you get the picture..

    Yes, I am on my 4th cup of coffee! And I am so excited!

    GO BUCS!!

    Prediction for me..

    Bucs 31 Bears 10

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