Gameday Tampa Bay

August 9th, 2018

Preseason Game 1

Bucs at Dolphins

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

TV: WFLA-TV, Ch. 8. (Game will rebroadcast on NFL Network on Saturday at 6:30 a.m.) All NFL preseason games are available via Game Pass.)

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St.Petersburg region; 97.9 FM ESPN Radio in Tallahassee).

Weather: It’s been rather dry in South Florida this week and Bucs fans might get lucky and have a rain-free game with a very light breeze. Kickoff temperature is forecast for 86 degrees, per, with a feels-like temperature of 97 (75% humidity). The 35 percent chance of rain is supposed to just about disappear by the second half with the temperature dropping to 84.

Outlook: It will be great to see real football again, though it’s only supposed to last one quarter. Both teams plan to pull starters early. For the Bucs, that includes Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. … Keep an eye on the trenches. That’s where Jason Licht spent the money this offseason, so that’s where fans should see improvement and the fire of guys competing for jobs and snaps. Known-for-being-nasty new Bucs center Ryan Jensen told Joe the leash comes off tonight, so Joe wants to see what that looks like. …Beastly defensive ends Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake will start for the Fins, along with old friend Akeem Spence at defensive tackle. …Of course, Joe wants a look at the rookies the Bucs are counting on, running back Ronald Jones and the cornerbacks, M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis. And wouldn’t it be nice to see a new-look and revived Vernon Hargreaves? …Please get out of here healthy, Bucs, and, please, please, please, Jameis Winston, don’t try to be a hero behind a second- or third-team offensive line with a bunch of future grad students and mattress movers blitzing you. …Lastly, red-zone execution sure would be nice.

Odds: Per, Bucs + 1.5

26 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. Bucfan Says:

    Hope there isn’t a strong wind and a little rain that could persuade the dolphins ownership to reschedule this game until November and totally derail our entire season

  2. Andrew Says:

    Eyes on the kicker. Goal post doesn’t change in the regular season.

  3. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Popularity and low profile? Jameis Winston’s training camp far from normal

    Updated 1:54 p.m. EDT Aug. 5, 2018
    Joe shared this in a post early in the week.–Joe

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Wreck Havoc while seizing the day as we fire the cannons and any other lame slogan we can think of that doesn’t work. How about just score more than them!

  5. gilhealy Says:

    Thanks Nole4Jaboo. That’s the first open minded article I’ve read for quite some time.

  6. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Come out of the game healthy and give the “fans” a spark of hope. Saturday morning at 6:30 on the NFL channel for me. GO BUCS

  7. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Found it interesting in the MSN sports article “We ranked every NFL team’s quarterback situation heading into the 2018 season” and they had Tampa at 23rd , with New York, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Miami, Washington, Kansas City, Denver, and Buffalo with all worse quarterback situations than the Bucs. They list the back ups, 2018 outlook, In case of emergency, and Long term plans. Its actually a good read.

    P.s. they have the Browns @ 22

    check it out if you want =)

  8. Godeep66 Says:

    I will be there. Club LIV seats. Let’s go BUCS!!!!!

  9. Bird Says:

    Yyyyyeeeaaaahh. Bbbbbbbooooooyyyyy!

    Want to see taste of dline and the young guys , especially ROJO and the two second round dbs

    Unfortunately the oline is not healthy so hope one of our qbs does not get hurt

  10. Pickgrin Says:


    Our first real look at a bunch of talented new Buccaneers – JPP, Curry, Allen, Unrein, Jensen, Rojo, Stewart, Davis, Cappa, Whitehead, Watson, Cinchy

    I count as many as 7 new starters this year from that group who will be wearing their official alarm clock inspired Burger King uniforms for the 1st time tonight.

    Go Bucs! Drown the Dolphins, everybody come back healthy – and we will be one step closer to the goal of winning our 2nd Super Bowl in 2018/19.

  11. I'm a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    Let’s Goooooooooooooo!!!!!!

  12. Bucsfanman Says:





  13. donuts Says:

    go bucs!

  14. AlteredEgo Says:

    Lovie update…just came across and will drop it here..
    BIG 10
    Hot seat – There’s really only one glaring non-Ohio State job here.

    Illinois – Lovie Smith is 5-19 in two years, fresh off a 2-10 season and mired in a 10-game losing streak. A hire no one thought would work isn’t working so far. Athletic director Josh Whitman expounds optimism for the program, but the reality is pretty bleak. In Smith’s two seasons, all of the Illini’s peers in the Big Ten West that have changed jobs have ended up with a jolt – Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue. Wisconsin is poised for a dominating season and Northwestern just opened a $270 million football facility. Iowa is steady Iowa. Illinois is falling behind fast. The $12 million buyout may be untenable for Illinois, but we’ve learned to never rule that out. Important to note it drops to $4 million in year four. If the Illini are brutal this year, can Illinois afford to keep him another year to save money? Or would they cut a deal?

  15. H.D. Viewing Says:

    In the Ft.Myers/Cape Coral/Naples area, Fox 4 will be airing the game. For the Dullphins fans, NBC 2 has the Miami broadcast. Enjoy!

  16. BucDan Says:



    I agree with others, this is the first look at the teams latest acquisitions against live fire.

    Wreak Havoc!!

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    cant wait to see the rookie DB’s davis, mj and whitehead…..and rojo….


  18. stvcl Says:

    FINALLY! Go Bucs!

  19. Buccfan37 Says:

    USF plays Illinois again this year, they must be shaking at the thought of going up against Lovie. Heard on the weather last night that the Sahara is blowing dust clear across the Atlantic into Florida. Bucs football even preseason a must see. Everybody is ready for some football. Let’s Go Bucs!

  20. Easy Says:

    I hope they crush Tannehill early.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Wow…I almost missed this post. It’s actually a game day!!!!!

  22. Eric Says:

    Don’t have any serious injuries.

    Don’t look completely inept.

    Go Bucs.

  23. MadMax Says:

    Yay! Being Miami, they should have some little girly men twerking in cheerleading outfits….i mean we all want to see that right? ROFL!!

    This fkn nfl is just slowly killing itself! The last bastion of purety that was still left untouched, and now they’re tainting that!! I’ll try to watch the Bucs and who they’re playing that day, but thats it…..jithole league is going to flag football anyway.

  24. MadMax Says:

    Kneelers and male cheerleaders… thats some cant miss entertainment!!

  25. Mike Johnson Says:

    Means absolutely NOTHING. But..Bucs by 3.

  26. The Buc Realist Says:

    GOOOOOO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love that I just heard Dave Moore on Bucs Radio Network call hard knocks a “circus” and a “Distraction”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If Most can see this, why can’t Joe????????

    Let’s GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!