Gameday Tampa Bay (Playoff Edition)

January 16th, 2022

Wild Card Round

Eagles (9-8) at Bucs (13-4)

Kickoff: 1:05 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13.

Streaming: Fans may stream the broadcast from or on a mobile device using one of the following: Buccaneers official app or Yahoo! Sports app. Geographic restrictions apply.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region (Transmisiones de radio en español en WTMP-FM 96.1 y WMGG-AM 1470 en Tampa). Additional stations throughout Florida on the Buccaneers Radio Network can be found here. The game will also be broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 81 (Buccaneers Radio Network) and on SiriusXM NFL Radio Channel 88 (Westwood One national feed).

Weather: The Bucs may dodge a bullet, per The biggest concern with today’s game was rain. Most weather models suggest the rain will move through Tampa by noon. However, the field at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway will likely be very soggy (if the Bucs don’t cover it) and there will be a lot of wind. As Joe is typing this here report, winds are expected to be 23 mph with gusts up to 36 mph. Good luck kicking in that. Otherwise, there will be a 20 percent chance of rain. Gametime temperature should be 67 and may drop to 63 by game’s end.

Odds: Per BetMGM, as of noon Saturday, Bucs -8.5; over/under 45.5.

Injuries: Eagles — Questionable: G Nate Herbig (ankle), DE Josh Sweat (illness). Bucs — Out: WR Cyril Grayson (hamstring), RB Ronald Jones (ankle). Questionable: CB Carlton Davis (back), CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (hamstring), WR Justin Watson (quadriceps).

Outlook: OK, the real season and the real fun is here. The regular season is over. Now it’s time for the dogs to eat. It’s the first Bucs home playoff game since January 2008. Now Joe catches hell about the following, but last year’s Super Bowl was not a home game. Even Mike Evans said this last week. Sure, the location was Tampa but it was a Super Bowl. If it was a home game, the Bucs would have been allowed to fire their cannons. The NFL forbade that until after the game when the Bucs won. And what Bucs home game have you ever been to where the visiting team played its fight song every time it had the ball? The Chiefs had the gall to steal Florida State’s warchant and play that every time their offense stepped on the field — in the state of Florida no less! That absolutely frosted Joe. For that, the NFL should have forced Gracie Hunt, wearing her Miss Kansas tiara and a slinky beauty pageant cocktail number, to cook and serve Port Richey Lou’s Thanksgiving dinner while a DVR’ed version of last year’s Super Bowl played on a non-stop loop in the background.  … Now the key to this game is, if the Bucs’ injured players play, how close to 100 percent are they? And for the guys playing in place of starters who cannot play, can they step up well enough to fill the gaps. Joe has a feeling the critical area is the Bucs’ run defense. It has been getting gashed of late by trash teams. The Eagles’ rushing attack is the opposite of trash. So somehow, someway, Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has to find a way to stop the run. The fact two of the Bucs’ starting corners are dinged up scares Joe. We have seen how just one starting corner not playing collapses this defense, which to Joe screams that the defense has a major fundamental flaw. If Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting cannot play, Joe is very fearful. But enough of the gloom and doom! It’s time to have fun, Bucs fans. Today is the first time in 14 years Bucs fans get to celebrate a home playoff game. Be loud and proud!

Trinkets: … Philadelphia clinched a playoff berth under 1st-year coach Nick Sirianni and have made the postseason in 4 of the past 5 years (2017- 19; 2021). … Eagles won Super Bowl LII after the 2017 season against Tom Brady and the Belicheats. … Philadelphia had 2 players selected to 2022 Pro Bowl: C Jason Kelce and CB Darius Slay. … Eagles led the NFL in rushing offense (159.7 per game) and rushing touchdowns (25) this season and became the fifth team in the Super Bowl era (first since 1985 Chicago Bears) to record 175+ rushing yards in 7 straight games (Weeks 8-15). … Tampa Bay clinched the NFC South for the first time since 2007. … Buccaneers can become the eighth team overall and the first team since the 2004 New England Patriots (Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX) to repeat as champions since the first Super Bowl in 1967. … Buccaneers had 5 players selected to 2022 Pro Bowl: LB Shaq Barrett, QB Tom Brady, C Ryan Jensen, G Ali Marpet and RT Tristan Wirfs. … Tampa Bay ranked second in the NFL in scoring offense (30.1 points per game) and total offense (405.9 yards per game) and led the NFC in rushing defense (92.5 yards per game allowed) .

Fun fact: Ronde Barber owned the Eagles. That’s all you need to know. 🙂

More fun and insight from The Identity Tampa Bay and Joe.

No Hall of Fame vote the day before the Super Bowl this year. It’s goes down this week online. Good luck, Rondé!

14 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay (Playoff Edition)”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    This will be a tough game… doubt about that.

    ……and this game will not a blowout as Rhonde Barber predicted either.

    The biggest issue is all of the injuries to all of our players…..especially key contributors on both offense and defense.

    I believe this game will be close one….we just need that one player to make all the difference in the world in the game……I wonder if that will happen?

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    ……..and yes Joe…..I think every buccaneers fan who watched Rhonde Barber run it back and shut down the Vet Catapulting the Bucs to their first Superbowl can still feel that electricity to this day!!!

  3. SB Says:

    After what the Bills did to NE tonight Brady will be EXTRA motivated.

  4. SB Says:

    What is with the “h” in Ronde Anthem?

  5. Bucs Orlando Says:

    Joe the bucs own the eagles not just Barner.

    Fun fact, the last game in the old Philly Stadium was against the bucs, bucs won.

    Next year brand new stadium was opened by the bucs who again beat the eagles

    Go bucs!

  6. joe Says:

    What is with the “h” in Ronde Anthem?

    Not just Anthem. Lot of folks do that. Just sad. smh

  7. ModHairKen Says:

    I would just implore the fans attending to NOT throw plastic phalluses on the playing surface. Here’s the price of that high jinx: “It’s Patriots week, and that we have to contemplate if some fan is going throw a dildo on the field is ridiculous,” Bills chief administrative officer Dave Wheat told Tim Graham of at the time..

    “What if Josh Allen is running, steps on it and tears his ACL?” Wheat said. “What are the ramifications? What if Tom Brady got injured? . . . . This community would never live that down. People need to realize these are professional athletes, and you’re literally putting their health and safety at risk.”

  8. Swampbuc Says:

    Whoever number 60 is at the top of the page………I would like it if she tackled me repeatedly.

  9. EA Says:

    Where the pep-rally at ???

  10. RunRunPassRay Says:

    Bucs/Eggheads tied all time series 8-8,let us not forget it’s because of them Dungy got the boot!!! Let’s Go Bucs!!! Hoping they make me tear up again in LA

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I like Johe Bucs Fan.
    Great site for all my Buhcs nehws.

  12. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Kensington is the part of Philadelphia where they have an open door drug market.
    Just google Kensington to see it in action.
    Hopefully, we will see a whole bunch of Eagles Fans there this evening, as they try to ease the pain of the whipping we are about to put on the Eagles.

  13. firethecannons Says:

    BucsAnthem it will be a hard fought battle, we are so hurt in many ways but we are home and we will prevail, there will be some players that surprise and bring us the win

    I’m looking at Devin White and Keyshawn Vaughn

  14. richbucsfan Says:

    Crowd noise is a great home advantage. If season ticket holders have sold their tickets to Eagles’ fans, I would hope the Bucs pull their tickets for next season. Season ticket holders and Diehard Bucs fans are NOT one and the same.