Gameday Tampa Bay

December 16th, 2018

Game 14

Bucs (5-8) at Crows (7-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13, DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket Channel 710. 

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St.Petersburg region; 97.9 FM ESPN Radio in Tallahassee); Spanish language broadcasts on WTMP-FM 96.1 and WMGG-AM 1470 in Tampa; SiriusXM Channel 127.

Weather: Per, it’s going to be nasty in Baltimore. Today’s high will be in late-morning at 46 degrees while a steady rain will persist through the early parts of the game. The temperature will gradually drop beginning in the late morning and continue through the afternoon. Rain is expected to return near the game’s end.

Odds: Per, Crows -7.5.

Outlook: Yeah, the Bucs have a minuscule chance at the playoffs. Really weak. So right now the only thing fans have on their minds is how America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, is playing and when will Bucs Bit-O-Honey-coach Dirk Koetter be relieved of his command? A loss today cements yet another losing season in the post-Chucky era, and will be Koetter’s second losing season in as many years. As we all know, only Chucky was retained by Team Glazer after two consecutive losing seasons. Every other coach Team Glazer hired was bounced after two straight losing seasons. So if one wants to make an argument Koetter is coaching for his job today, most NFL observers would not disagree. Just about every national NFL scribe from Peter King to prickly Pete Prisco to heavy-metal headbanging Jason La Canfora believes Koetter is toast. If the Bucs win today, will Koetter save his job or just prolong what some believe to be inevitable?

Trinkets: Bucs QB Jameis Winston looks for his fifth game in row with at least two touchdown passes. In Jameis’ 4 games on the road against an AFC opponent, he is averaging 317.8 pass yards per game. … RB Peyton Barber has a career-high 677 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns this season. He has rushed for a touchdown in 3 of his past 4 games. Barber has 304 rushing yards (76 per game) and 2 rushing touchdowns in his past 4 road games. … RB Jacquizz Rodgers looks for his third in row with 4+ receptions. … WR Mike Evans ranks fourth in the NFC with 1,207 receiving yards in 2018, his fifth-consecutive season with 1,000+ receiving yards. Evans had a touchdown catch the last time he played the Crows in 2014. In his past 3 games against an AFC team, Evans has 19 catches for 423 yards (141 per game) and 2 touchdowns. Evans aims for his fourth in a row against an AFC team with 100+ receiving yards and his 6th game in a row against an AFC foe with 85+ receiving yards. … TE Cameron Brate had 2 touchdown catches last week, his third-career multi-touchdown game. He has 3 touchdowns in his past 3 games. Since 2016, Brate ranks second among NFL TEs with 20 receiving touchdowns. … DE Jason Pierre-Paul had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery last week. He has 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in his past 4. In his past 6 games against the AFC, JPP has 8 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. JPP looks for his fourth in row against an AFC team with a sack. DE Carl Nassib had a sack and a forced fumble last week in the loss to the Saints. Nassib has 6.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in his past 8 games. … LB Lavonte David led the Bucs with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his third in row with 10+ tackles. In his past 8 against an AFC team, David has 61 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a 15-yard interception-return for a touchdown. Since entering the league in 2012, Davis is the only player with 850+ tackles (857) and 15+ forced fumbles (18). … QB Lamar Jackson completed 13 of 24 (54.2 percent) for 147 yards with 2 touchdowns against 0 interceptions and rushed for 71 yards last week. Is only quarterback in NFL history with 70+ rush yards in 4 consecutive games. Is 1 of 3 NFL quarterbacks (Josh Allen and Cam Newton) with 450+ rush yards (475) and 3+ rush touchdowns (3) this season. … RB Gus Edwards rushed for 67 yards last week. Is looking for his third in row at home with 115+ rush yards. Since Week 11, Edwards ranks second among NFL rookies with 382 rush yards. … RB Kenneth Dixon had 80 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 21 receiving) and a rushing touchdown last week. Had rushing touchdowns in 2 of his past 3 games. … WR Willie Snead led the Crows with 61 receiving yards last week. … WR John Brown had a touchdown catch in Week 14. Brown also had 3 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in his last game against the Bucs in October 2017, when Brown played for Arizona. … TE Maxx Williams had a receiving touchdown last week, his first touchdown of 2018 season. … TE Mark Andrews has 50+ receiving yards in 2 of his past 3 home games. He leads all rookie TEs with 384 receiving yards and ranks second with 26 catches. … LB C.J. Mosley had 6 tackles and 2 tackles for loss last week. Mosley has 3 tackles for loss in his past 2 games. Mosley had 8 tackles in his only previous game against the Bucs. … LB Terrell Suggs had a sack in his last game against the Bucs. Suggs has a sack in 5 of his past 6 games against the NFC South. Suggs is 1 of 3 in the NFL with 7+ sacks (7) and 5+ passes defended (6) this season. … S Tony Jefferson had 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and fumble recovery in his last game against the Bucs in September 2016 while playing for Arizona. … S Chuck Clark recorded his first-career pick last week.

16 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Superbowl winning HC vs Klueless the Klown

    NFL teams has the identity of thevHead Coach

    Baltimore is hard nose, accountable, tough and disciplined like John Harbaugh

    Tampa bay is undisciplined, erratic, soft and stupid like Klueless Koetter

    38-17 balt. Lamar jackson runs wild

    Tampa bay gets over 450 yards trying to comeback from blownout 1st half…


  2. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Jameis Vs NFL Best Defense!

  3. Easy Says:

    It’s gonna be a wet one too. Ravens win by 21+

  4. MadMax Says:

    Eh, is what it is.

    We’re mocked to go CB with our first pick. I say go QB…Tua, Herbert, Murray, Grier, Haskins….. need to prepare for the future if JW doesnt work out. Sit the kid and let him learn behind JW for a year. I can see going CB, it makes sense but we havent had a lot of luck their either. And if JW has one more off field screw up he could be done, as in no team would want him if hes even allowed to keep playing. Prepare to move on.

  5. Sumo Says:

    Joe- The cheerleader in that picture is absolutely gorgeous head to toe. Yummy. Thank You!

  6. Fire Light Says:

    Hopefully this is the game that gets Koetter fired. Fireeee Licht too! Those who want a new qb are just dumb. Jameis is maturing into a top 10 franchise QB. Next year when his face goes back up at Ray Jay all the Winston Bashers can eat crow!

  7. AlteredEgo Says:

    Unless we see the team quit, and I have not seen any yet, Koetter will be back for Jamyth’s last year 2019

  8. Buc believer Says:

    @Madmax…. so let see if I get this right…. you want to draft a QB because you obviously don’t think that Jameis is any good and can’t get the job done so your solution is to draft a QB in the first round and then have him sit behind Jameis for a full year to learn the position and then cut Jameis!! Brilliant move! Almost as good as trading up to get a kicker in the second round and then having to cut him the next year! Brilliant!

  9. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Without a better coaching staff…it won’t matter who we draft.

  10. JimBuc2 Says:

    I’ll celebrate 64 years Monday, 40+ of them cheering for our Tampa Bay Buccaneers. From driving at midnight to the old One Buc to welcome the players back after their very first football victory over Hank Stram’s Saints to “If I had the answer I’d fix it.” I’ve loved this team. Come Monday I hope I’ll lift a victory toast. Go Bucs!

  11. AlteredEgo Says:

    Damn I stop every time for a longing look….

  12. Sydney Says:

    Lay the points. EASY win for the Ravens today.

  13. Joe Says:

    Damn I stop every time for a longing look….


  14. Sumo Says:

    Me too!

  15. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I say this is an audition for Harbaugh..he would be my first choice for HC next season..

  16. MadMax Says:

    @Buc B, I didnt say that….but youre going to read into it what you want to and put words out there that i didnt say. Whats wrong with drafting good QB as a backup if we stick with JW? Fitz will probably move on, plus his play fell off and look at the complaints. JW could turn things around (better decisions on field and OFF FIELD) but that still wont change many people’s minds…again, look at the complaints…he is who he is, and i dont hate him….but put me in that category to suit yourself. I actually hope he works out, but if he does, he’ll be expensive and surely you know that or maybe youre not thinking about it….that short sighted view is on you 🙂

    The new crop of QB’s the past 4 years have been pretty good….meanwhile, we’re here, again, with not much to show other than losing records. Yes the D has a lot to do with it, but you cant discount the bad JW!! When hes on hes on, and then the off field stuff, yeah.