Gameday Tampa Bay

December 29th, 2019

Game 16

Dixie Chicks (6-9) at Bucs (7-8)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13, NFL Sunday Ticket Channel 712.

Streaming: Fans may stream the broadcast. Options include, Buccaneers Official App, FOX Sports Go app or Yahoo! Sports app. Geographic restrictions apply.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region; 97.9 FM ESPN Radio in Tallahassee (Transmisiones de radio en español en WTMP-FM 96.1 y WMGG-AM 1470 en Tampa); SiriusXM Channel 119.

Weather: A gloomy day to end a traditional gloomy Bucs season of no playoffs. Per WTVT-TV Channel 13, tailgaters can expect to party in the rain in the morning and showers should end around 11 a.m. with temperatures in the mid-70s. When kickoff rolls around, a 16 percent chance of rain is forecast with a temperature at 78. The high for the day is expected to be 78 with a  percent chance of rain.

Odds: Per the Mirage in Las Vegas, Pick ’em; O/U 47.

Outlook: It’s the battle for second place in the NFC South, live from the Den of Depression! There really isn’t much to say about this game. The reasons to watch are to see if Shaq Barrett sets a franchise record for sacks and to see if Mr. Excitement, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, reaches 5,000 yards passing (he needs 92 yards) or if he can become a 30/30 man (he currently has 31 touchdowns and 28 picks). If the Bucs win it eases the pain of another playoff-less season (12 seasons and counting), and if the Bucs lose they win (sort of) in the draft. There are a bunch of players who could be playing their final game in an ugly Bucs uniform today as they become free agents in March (unless they agree to a new contract prior to the free agency dinner bell ringing). Those players include Jason Pierre-Paul, Demar Dotson, Ndamukong Suh, Carl Nassib, Breshad Perriman, Peyton Barber, Barrett and Winston.

Trinkets: Dixie Chicks QB Matty Ice passed for 384 yards in Week 16. Is 1 of 2 QBs (along with Jameis Winston) with 10 or more games (10) of 300 or more passing yards in 2019. Had 378 pass yards and 2 touchdowns against one interception in his last game in Tampa last season. Has 300 or more passing yards in 3 of his past 4 NFC South games. … RB Devonta Freeman had 127 yards from scrimmage (74 receiving, 53 rushing) and 2 touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving) last week, his third career game with both rushing and receiving touchdowns. Had 194 scrimmage yards (126 rushing, 68 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in his last game at Tampa last December. Aims for his fourth in a row at the Den of Depression with 100 or more scrimmage yards. … WR Julio Jones had 10 receptions for 166 yards last week. Jones became the sixth player in NFL history with 15 or more games (15) of 150 or more receiving yards. He has 12,047 receiving yards in 125 games and surpassed Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (142 games) as the fastest player to reach 12,000 receiving yards in NFL history. He had 9 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown in his last game in Tampa. … TE Austin Hooper aims for his third in a row against the Bucs with 5 or more catches and 60 or more receiving yards. Hooper ranks third among NFC TEs in receptions (68) and receiving yards (742). … DT Grady Jarrett had a sack last week. He is looking for his fourth in a row with a tackle for loss. … LB Vic Beasley had a sack in Week 16. Looks for his third in a row on the road against an NFC South foe and fourth in a row overall with a sack. … LB De’Vondre Campbell led the Dixie Chicks with 9 tackles last week. Has 9 or more tackles in 4 of his past 5 road games. … LB Deion Jones has 8 or more tackles in 3 of his past 4 against an NFC South rival. … CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson looks for his third in a row with 2 or more passes defended. … QB Jameis Winston joined Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning as the only QBs with 11 or more games (11) of 300 or more passing yards in a single season in NFL history. Passed for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns against 2 interceptions in last game against Atlanta. Jameis is looking for his fourth in a row against the Dixie Chicks with 300 or more passing yards and his sixth in a row against Atlanta with 3 or more touchdown passes. … RB Ronald Jones had 109 scrimmage yards (77 rushing, 32 receiving) and a rushing touchdown last week. He had a rushing touchdown in an earlier win over the Dixie Chicks in November. Jones needs 83 scrimmage yards to become fourth Bucs RB since 2010 with 1,000 or more scrimmage yards in a single season. … WR Breshad Perriman led the Bucs with a career-high 7 catches and had 102 receiving yards last week. Aims for his third in a row with 100 or more receiving yards. Has 4 receiving touchdowns in his past 3 games. … TE O.J. Howard has a receiving touchdown in 2 of his past 3 games against the Dixie Chicks. … TE Cam Brate has 3 touchdown catches in his past 4 games against NFC South rivals. … LB Shaq Barrett ranks second in the NFL with 16.5 sacks in 2019 and is tied with Hall of Famer Warren Sapp (2000) for most in a single season in Bucs history. Barrett had a sack and forced fumble in the Bucs’ win at Atlanta earlier this season. Barrett has 7 sacks in 7 home games this year. … DE Jason Pierre-Paul had 3 sacks last week, his third career game with 3 or more sacks. Aims for his fourth in a row against Atlanta with a sack. … LB Lavonte David led the Bucs with 10 tackles and had a forced fumble last week. … Rookie LB Devin White had 2 sacks in his only game against Atlanta in November. He had a fumble recovery last week and is 1 of 3 LBs (Chandler Jones and T.J. Watt) with 3 or more forced fumbles and three or more fumble recoveries this season.

One Response to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. SB Says:

    GO BUCS!!!!!!