Testing The Home Field Advantage

October 1st, 2017

Good teams beat winless teams at home. Simple as that.

Yes, the Bucs need to carry their big mother f***’n sticks today, as Dirk Koetter likes to say.

Tampa Bay’s five-game home winning streak needs to stand tall and prove it’s a real home-field advantage against a miserable Giants team in disarray.

The whole concept of a home-field advantage literally became foreign in Tampa. The Bucs have the worst home record in the NFL since Chucky was fired. That’s right, worse than the Browns and Jaguars.

The Tampa Bay area also has become a burgeoning capital of slow starts. The Bucs haven’t won two games in their first four of a season since 2011. It’s been 1-3 or worse for five consecutive years.

So here we are today. Giants QB Eli Manning has a career 51-50 record on the road in regular season games. And since the Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl season, Manning has been under .500 in road games.

Combine that with the following:

  1. The Giants are winless at 0-3 and playing their third road contest in four games this season.
  2. The 2017 Giants can’t run the ball, or pass block well. They may have the worst offensive line in the league.
  3. New York also can’t stop the run (153 yards) and they haven’t picked off a pass all season

That all adds up to a zero-excuses home game for the Bucs. Good teams beat bad teams at home. That’s been a winning NFL formula since the start of the league.

Joe doesn’t care what natural disaster might occur, whether it pours (in the forecast) or Ryan Smith is on the field, for example.

The Bucs can’t lose this game and believe — or have anyone else believe — they’re on the right track. Cement the new home field advantage real today and walk out with a “W.”

20 Responses to “Testing The Home Field Advantage”

  1. tmaxcon Says:


    Ryan Smith certainly is an issue but please stop defending and ignoring the down right atrocious play of vh3 all season. And vh3 going all deion sanders celebration when a qb overthrows a receiver is laughable and embarrassing.

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Tis da season where are the snowbirds and all northern refugees/retirees come out and support their teams…….LITERALLY!!!!!

    The only way we can reverse this trend is to just keep winning consecutively………..hope today is the start of a streak!!!!!!

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ tmaxcon

    ……and don’t you dare forget about GMC aka “Mr Softie”…….his dramatics will be on full display today and when he becomes another non-factor in the game like he was last week, we have to let everyone know of our disappointment very loudly.

  4. tmaxcon Says:


    You are assuming that captain softee makes it through the game without another boo boo

  5. JameisDungy Says:

    Lets hope Dirk actually uses OJ Howard in the red zone.

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    Joe how about a poll before the game of what excuses and or injuries the low standard excuses making gmc loyalists use to defend thier super hero when he lays down like a cheap Craigslist date today.

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    No den of depression remark?

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    Wow look at the short passing attack by the saints!

    screens to rbs? hot damn!

    highly probable and efficient and prone to low interceptions! Really? that makes to much sense….but we will run run to the gut and throw deep on 3rd and long


  9. Seminole Bill Says:

    I sense a disaster coming. Storm clouds are forming in more ways than one. The Giants, the hapless Giants, the awful Giants, the hated Giants, may not be able to run the ball and have a weak running game…..but, so do we. We have no running back to speak of and will be lucky if we break 100 yards rushing. Which means we have to rely on Jameis’ passing, and that means NO interceptions. So I say again, storm clouds a-coming.

  10. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I sold the last two of my six tickets in the “All New West Club” today. Now it’s my turn to take a knee in protest of NFL and media anit-American sentiment. There will be no home field advantage today because the place will be packed with Giants fans, many of whom also don’t respect their national anthem. But the Bucs disgusting behavior off the field, led by Mike Evans, won’t be enough to coax them to support the white shirts and black socks (the Bucs don’t see to ever wear red and pewter lately, not even red socks). If the Bucs all stand for our national anthem today, and act like they want to win a football game, I will be there Thursday. If not, I will beckon some brady lovers to sit in my “All New West Club” seats Thursday night. If they sit, and if they lose like week, it is just that much easier to spend Sundays doing something more productive. If their heads are not in the game, why should fans be there? I’m hoping they will help me out here.

  11. firethecannons Says:

    Tampax is right! yeah-I know weird right? VH3 was awful last week and poor the week before and he does a celebration after multiple plays which is embarrassing for the Bucs. Dude needs to get his head in the game and focus then take over. Too worried about looking good.

  12. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Seminole Bill…today is the day the Giants 4th round pick RB Wayne Gallman comes in and has a record debut. And DirK Koetter will say got a big charge because of NYG fans in the lower bowl, and GMC will say he just got beat and they have to do better and he will vow to be better. Mike Evans will stand like he’s angry at being an American and turn in 100 yards and claim to be a stud despite repeated failure in leading his team. Sims will fumble the ball again and no will bring it up to Koetter. Barber will have 3 carries for 20 yards and we will scratch our head to why he doesn’t get more touches. Jameis will have just one pick and an average game and credit the Giants D, and vow to be better. Eli will only pass for 420 yards and three TDs, and make the Bucs look again like a Lovie-coached D. Seen this too often. I’m hoping instead the Bucs all act like respectable Americans today before the game, and that they play like they want to win and actually do so, but that’s asking a lot.

  13. orlbucfan Says:

    Is this a political blog disguised as a Bucs blog? You could fool me. Good ole Tampax is back–negative vibes and all. YECK! The offense disappointed me big-time last week!! I have been waiting for it and DK to finally jell. The offense needs to take over the defense’s job and win some games!!! It sure as hells bells has the da$$ed potential to do so!!! We’re home; it will be wet; and the Giants and Eli stink! So, c’mon Tampa Bay!!!!

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    Hey granny it’s not negative vibes when it’s actually factual

  15. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Eli is a career 5-0 against the Bucs. The need to get over that hump today.

  16. LakeLandBuc Says:


  17. celly Says:


    Cool story bro

  18. TeddyTB Says:

    Roy quit crying and find another team damn. You acting like the other 31 teams didn’t do the same thing. And you sound real lame saying you’re going to sell your tickets to pats fans. Try cutting the games on 5 mins AFTER they start you wont even notice the protest haha.

  19. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @TeddyTB…I’m not buying tix and supporting the other 31 teams. They deserve to lose too. I’m equal opportunity, sister.

  20. les Says:

    dirk kutter again with bad play calling. ball on half yard for t.d. and he calls a play toss ball backwards four yards to get a half yard!!! say what?? punch it inthere mouth!!! qb. sneek three freaken times if you have to!!! then trys a field goal twice from forty seven or whatever missed twice giveing giants great field position twice instead of using anger to punt and pin them deep. his play calling leaves a lot to be desired!!!!!!!