“That’s Where This Game’s Going To Be Won Or Lost”

October 7th, 2020

Spotlight game for Alex Cappa

There is more to tomorrow night’s Bucs game than just beating the Bears.

That result is not enough whatsoever.

The 1A goal is to get out of the game without Tom Brady getting beaten up.

Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, and edge rushers Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack, hunt quarterbacks extremely well. Hicks is on a tear, looking like the Pro Bowl beast he was before an elbow injury flushed his 2019 season. And Mack is having fun predicting a huge night for his strong Bears defense.

So this will be a supreme and exciting test for the Bucs’ pass-blocking crew, which includes two questionable young pass blockers at running back.

Brady has dropped back to pass 160+ times this season and has eaten only 5 sacks. Yes, Brady has been living the clean life in Tampa versus what he experienced in New England.

Former Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara was on NFL Network last night bellowing about how the Bucs’ offensive line will dictate the story of tomorrow’s game, “that’s where this game is going to be won or lost.”

O’Hara is wondering how right guard Alex Cappa will hold up, as well as Ali Marpet. O’Hara noted that Ryan Jensen, of course, can only help in one direction.

Expect Brady to get rid of the ball extra fast tomorrow, O’Hara said, and Joe expects to see a lot more of Brady’s trademark throwaways and conservative play. Why? Because Joe doesn’t think Brady will be playing from three and two scores behind — like he was Sunday — against an anemic Bears offense.

Unexpectedly, Brady dropped major love yesterday on Bucs assistant head coach/run game coordinator Harold Goodwin (he wasn’t asked about Goodwin) for being an awesome coach. If Brady stays clean tomorrow, he might want to buy Goodwin a very early Christmas present.

26 Responses to ““That’s Where This Game’s Going To Be Won Or Lost””

  1. WhoCares Says:

    Is Me on ice for this game?

    If not, expect several 50 50 balls deep to him.

    Brady is gonna make it rain (or snow) in Chicago.

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    im confident BL will have a great offensive game plan….still gotta limit the penalties and drops on offense…

    defensively, bowles cant give up any big plays over the top…no bushed coverages….

    solid special teams play and we’ll win this tough game….

    31-20 BUCS!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  3. gp Says:

    A slow, methodical, short passing, heavy run, offense through the first half will wear down the Bears defense to the point that we can have our way in the second half. That’s how the Pats beat the Falcons in the super bowl. The blueprint is already there.

  4. Rico 210 Says:

    27-13 Bucs win
    Go Bucs

  5. Mike Says:

    This game is all about imposing your will on the Offensive and Defensive lines. If we can run the ball against the Bears, it will setup the chunk plays via play action pass. Also, I would rather have Wirfs attacking Mack than vice versa, so run, run run and run some more Bucs!

  6. thisisouryear!! Says:

    I think our defensive front 7 is going to have a big night Thursday. If Cappa and Wirfs can handle Mack and Hicks, this might be big night for our Bucs. I’ve seen a lot of people say this is going to be an ugly win. Maybe we blow them out this week.

    PS Any word on how the backups to Brady are doing? Any future franchise QB’s learning from the GOAT?

  7. Fernando Diaz Says:

    Godwinn and Watson are out for Thursday!!!

  8. Bucsfanman Says:

    Football 101!

    He who controls the trenches, controls the universe!
    For the ‘Dune’ fans.

  9. SlyPirate541 Says:

    I’m still getting used to the new Bucs.

    I expect a three game win streak won’t be followed up by a 4 game losing streak.

    I expect a 5 TD game to be followed by 4 INTs in the next.

    We’ve been so conditioned for disappointment (i.e. Joe’s “Den of Depression”) but that’s not going to happen with Brady.

    It’s a nice change I can certain get used to.

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    I agree this game will be won or lost in the trenches but Im more focused on how our run blocking can hold up. Not the pass blocking.

    If we cant run the ball it could make for an easy day for the Bears front to get after the passer. If we can run it should give our OL an extra step in pass protection and our offense should do just fine.

  11. SB Says:

    What is the latest on Scotty Miller Joe?
    Still just says questionable.

  12. jcscycles Says:

    Marpet should be fine, he is playing at a pro bowl level.

  13. WhoCares Says:


    I am 100% with you. Thats why I dont care and I am not sure WhoCares.

    So why not hope for the Best and just shrug a shoulder at anything less.

    Thats my moto anyways. Worrying anit never got no one nowhere.

  14. #1bucfan Says:

    JOE I wouldn’t be so quick to write off the bears offense. Yea foles is no J.H. but who were the 2 unknown players ketching TD passes last week. Anything can happen. Let’s go Bucs. Hoping we can get down an dirty in the trenches and make the bears into cubs

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I am expecting a very heavy dose of TEs & RBs in the pass game with the customary bomb to Scotty & red zone with Mike….

    It will need to be our defense that wins this game…..and, pay attention…

    Turnovers, Penalties & Special Teams

  16. 40TDs Says:

    Screens will be the MVP of the game.

    Bucs 13
    Bears 3

    Go Bucs!!!

  17. Bucfever40 Says:

    Bucs -20
    Bears- 10


  18. Bobby Says:

    I’m worried about Bucs choking on prime time in front millions of people. Hope I’m wrong.

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    I listened to a podcast of Bear’s sport writers today, and they are 1) not confident in Foles al all, ) are not impressed with their Bears so far, based on the competition, and 3) do not think the Bears will win.

    They also said Indy is a far better team than the Bucs.

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    So “propable” is no longer an official injury designation, and “questionable” includes “probable?”

  21. orlbucfan Says:

    Bucs secondary will be key in this one. Hope they show up radically improved.

  22. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Pretty simple, if the Bucs protect the ball, they will WIN. If they turn it over, then 50 /50. GO BUCS!!!!

  23. BucEmUp Says:

    The game will be won or lost by coaching.On third down, the Bucs are allowing a 122.1 passer rating (fourth-highest), but have otherwise been one of the better defemses in the league.These coachea have to stop taking their foot off the gas playing prevent on thrid downs and running the ball up the middle every forst down just because they have a one td lead.Every minute of every game shoukd be played lime its the last 5 minutes of the freaking super bowl.


  24. Paul Says:

    August 1976 Buc Says:
    October 7th, 2020 at 11:18 am
    Here is a possible moniker, it definitely fits “The GOAT, The Gold standard, 6 time World Champion, Winning-est QB of all-time, Captain Comeback, park-violating, home-invading, not alone NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady… ” Everything backed up by the facts lol GO BUCS!!!

  25. EA Says:

    I will put my money on our D to outplay da bears D tomorrow night, and I would take the goat over foles reading a defense any day of the week , nuff said.
    That’s what it’s gonna come down to.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    21-13 Bucs win!