Nacho Spotlight Game

November 22nd, 2021

Injury severity unknown.

Last year the Bucs lost manbeast defensive tackle Vita Vea for the regular season in Week 5 and marched their way to a Super Bowl.

How? Why? Because there was no dropoff to his backup, said Devin White.

It was a very bold and reflective offseason statement by White. Joe doesn’t it buy it completely, but it does speak to how well Rakeem Nuñez-Roches played in Vea’s place.

Vea is hurt again (knee) and tonight Nuñez-Roches will be called upon to recapture what he delivered in 11 regular-season starts last season alongside Ndamukong Suh. But seemingly out of nowhere, “Nacho” landed on Friday’s injury report with an ankle injury that limited him in practice on Friday and Saturday.

The Giants love to run the ball and Joe is a little concerned about how healthy Nacho may or may not be.

New York running back Saquon Barkley may return from injury and the Bucs could be running thin on their defensive line if Nacho isn’t full-go ready.

The loss of Vea and the injury to Nacho barely have been discussed this week, but Joe will have a keen eye on the gut of the Bucs defense tonight. In addition to their performance being a key to the game, how they fare could be a strong predictor of how the Bucs will fare Sunday against the Colts’ nasty and physical offensive line.

17 Responses to “Nacho Spotlight Game”

  1. Swampbuc Says:


    After having rewatched the WTF game, it’s obvious that this team’s heart stopped in RayJay after the SB55 win.

    Also — Bucs cannot stop Daniel Jones and not he has Saquoan back and Kadareus Toney.

    Meanwhile, Tom Brady has decided to turn into Mike Glennon II.

    Welcome to #BucsSuckLife, people.

    No chance with this team and effort we beat anyone, the rest of the year.

  2. firethecannons Says:

    Joe stop worrying over the Colts game and worry over this game Focus on one game at a time–we have to win this game tonight nothing else matters

  3. Swampbuc Says:

    Zero pass rush in the Giants game plus zero pass rush in the Colts game = 6-5 on the way to . . . . . do the math .

  4. adam from ny Says:


    teams hit a road bump sometimes…it happens…

    you’re allowed to lose a couple back to back…it happens…

    tonights game is a gut check…a measuring stick…a game to show if they have the true heart of a champion…

    tonight is that night…

    so don’t flip on your team just yet…i’m disappointed you jumped ship this quick…you need a loyalty check up my dude

  5. steele Says:

    RNR is good.

  6. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Swampbuc Says:
    November 21st, 2021 at 1:15 pm
    The Panthers are carving up WTF. Washington is awful. We lost to them bad. Nice work boys.

    This didn’t age well. Hahahahahahahahahahaha

  7. Orlandobucsfan#1 Says:

    Via might be back next week.

  8. Bucsfanman Says:

    Talk about jumping ship! Geez, at 6-3 there’s a lot of football left to play. If it makes you that miserable, perhaps Food Network is more suited for your taste.

    Nacho did well last year, lest we forget. Vea didn’t return until the playoffs. I’m confident that we’ll be OK.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs seem to have had a lot more leg injuries (ankle, knee, hamstring) this season than they did last season with essentially the same guys. Anyone ever asked this coaching staff WHY Joe? It might be just plain old bad luck, or it might be something more concrete like poor field conditions, inadequate conditioning, etc.

  10. #1bucsfan Says:

    Let’s gooooo. Game day boys. It’s all good swamp. He’s prob got a little ptsd from the lost decade like the rest of us. We got this. Sometimes you just need some good ol humble pie to put you back on track. I believe WFT did just that for us. Bucs31-21nyg

  11. FortMyersDave Says:

    If Swampbuc is so sure of a Giant win tonight then he should bet the farm on them via the money line as he will get decent odds with the Bucs being 11 point faves. Then again, since he was so sure Carolina was a winner yesterday, maybe he should just stick to trolling the board so he does not go the way of a “fool and his money”.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Vita Vea will be sorely missed as was the case last year . Devon White was puffing up Nacho man in the second paragraph quote ! It is gonna be a dog fight every game on out the rest of the year .

  13. Bobby M. Says:

    Nacho has a shot at lining himself up a contract similar to Gholston with another good showing in the starting rotation. Next to Vea….I like Nacho’s motor, he’s obviously hungry for a pay day but Suh is probably the closest you’ll find to filling in for Vea against the run. At this point in the season, everyone is dealing with injuries….we have to get out there and play up to our ability instead of down to our opponents.

  14. Redsox/Bucs1 Says:

    Disappointing stretch for the Bucs. Washington was a terrible game for the coaching staff. Hopeful that everyone can get it together tonight and get back to winning games. I was hopeful we could make a run at the #1 seed but at this point I’d be happy with the division.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    What’s with all the Colts attention?…..Let’s hope the team isn’t looking past the Giants……next game up!!!

  16. August 1976 Buc Says:

    No chance with this team and effort we beat anyone, the rest of the year.

    They played worse last year at this time, and went all the way.

    Who knows what will happen this year, but not winning again, is just plain crazy to say.

    And the beat goes on,……….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  17. orlbucfan Says:

    Oh, please…Bucs are 11 point favorites? I don’t think so. It hinges as usual on old fart Brady. Let’s see if he avoids a pick 6 for a change.