Silencing Skeptical Bucs Fans And Setting A New Standard

September 25th, 2022

A huge chunk of Bucs fans ran around this spring and summer saying the Bucs would be happy and/or lucky to open this season 2-2.

Those fans were freaked out by the schedule’s opening gauntlet of playing at Dallas and at New Orleans before coming home to face Green Bay and Kansas City.

Joe never tells fans how to think, but thoughts of those doubters sure would give Joe an extra big smile if the Bucs win today to up their record to 3-0.

That would extend the Bucs’ current run to 25-5 in their last 30 games, a historic franchise run that includes a Super Bowl win. It’s the stuff dreams are made of and Joe would suggest all fans revel in what’s been happening. Think about that for a few seconds; the Bucs would go 25-5 with a win today.

Regardless, the Bucs were good enough to beat a weakened Dallas team on opening day, followed by topping a physical Saints team led by an inconsistent quarterback coming off a major knee injury, a guy with broken bones in his back. Today is a different story.

The Packers are a team much like the Bucs when it comes to their injuries and available talent — and their A-list quarterback. Joe is expecting a supreme test from the team that’s won 13 games in each of its last three seasons.

A win today shuts up every local and national critic, and it cements the Todd Bowles era as one that got off to an incredibly special start. Joe also believes a “W” would inject a new level of confidence into the team, one they’re going to need in order to knock off Kansas City next week.

Yeah, the Bucs could still go 2-2. But would anyone still embrace that start?

28 Responses to “Silencing Skeptical Bucs Fans And Setting A New Standard”

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    The receiving corps is in disarray today. So a win seems tough. However, Brady (and the newly revised defense) almost always seem to find a way. I think they will go 3-0.

  2. JBBUCS_06 Says:

    Later for 2-2, I’m calling 4-0! Go Bucs!

  3. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Anyone who has followed this team since 1976 is entitled to at least a little PTSD, don’t you think?

  4. George Says:

    We got two road wins and that counts for a lot.

    I was concerned about the offensive line. While not great , the line has been serviceable . Adding a possession receiver like Beasely is going to help the offense a lot . Should be less wear and tear on Lennie as a result.

    Looking forward to the crowd giving a big support to the team . Although there will be a lot of Packer fans at the game as they travel well

  5. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Didn’t at least one of The Joes’ say the same thing about the first 4 games? I could be wrong…

    The win over The Taints…while exposing Winny for who he is as a pro ( we should know ) was extra special. Today should be an interesting matchup given all the injuries and Rodgers new age/hippie attitude these days. To quote The Great # 8…this game would have been ideal for…Suh.

  6. HC Grover Says:

    It may be a FG battle.

  7. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    I just can’t see us losing two in a row at home. That is inexcusable.

  8. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The Bucs are 2-0 because they are #1 in NFL in points allowed and #2 in NFL in turnover differential.
    The offense stinks because they don’t have any healthy NFL caliber receivers right now except Evans and they have played 2 top tier D’s.
    Relying on D and winning the turnover battle will have to be the formula until they get their receivers healthy and a TE emerges that can get open.

  9. Infomeplease Says:


  10. Brandon Says:

    First poster is upset that Rodgers misled about his status. Sorry, chump. That’s Rodgers one redeeming quality. Sucks that you are a shill for the Empire. History has pretty much proven that the jab didn’t do much of anything good for the young or athletes. Of course those that have let themselves be thoroughly brainwashed will never see it.

  11. dmatt Says:

    Why are we talking Kansas City? We’re playing the packers. This is not post Super Bowl 2021. Let’s not put the cart before the horse. Remain the course, n set goals for one game at a time. Stay focused, we’re 2-0, playing the packers n today is not October 2.

  12. dmatt Says:

    Why are we talking Kansas City? We’re playing the packers. This is not post Super Bowl 2021. Let’s not put the cart before the horse. Remain the course, stay focus, n set goals for one game at a time. Plain n simple, we’re 2-0 n playing the packers today.

  13. John Sinclear Says:

    If they want to be 3-0 after tonight, they’re gonna have to figure out how to score more than one TD on offense. The defense can’t carry them forever!!

  14. Goatfarmer Says:

    From a purely mathematical perspective, 2-2 is still totally possible. In hindsight, Cooper Rush outplayed Dak Prescott, and Jameis is JaMiss. We haven’t seen good QB play yet.

    Now we have two elites coming up.

    Let’s see if the gravediggers dig Rodgers’ and Mahomes’ graves, or their own.

  15. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Jones keeps coming up as questionable, is he playing or not? Questionable usually yes.

  16. BucsfanFred Says:

    Three sacks

  17. Armybucfan Says:

    I would love to see us be 3-0 or even 4-0 but our offense has a
    Long way to go if they are to be able to keep up with some of these high scoring teams like KC. Over the past 2 games I have been extremely disappointed in our lack of 3 down conversions and redzone conversions. We look like a shell of our former selves on offense but our defense looks dangerous. Now we need our offense to look the same so we would strike fear into opposing teams for the rest of the session. Maybe my standards are too high but after winning a Super Bowl and nearly going to one last year before some busted coverage on defense I believed we would pick up where we left off on offense.

  18. dls5492 Says:

    A win today will go along way to securing the no. 1 seed.

  19. Leighroy Says:

    Oh cool, I came looking for football talk but all I got was the same recycled crap about vaxes from the tin-foil hat club again.

    I’d like the next person who’s opinion about anything political on either side was changed by a JBF commenter to please identify themselves. Anyone? No one? Great. Everyone stfu.

  20. Reach87 Says:

    Right on leighroy. Go Bucs!

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘Joe never tells fans how to think, but thoughts of those doubters sure would give Joe an extra big smile if the Bucs win today to up their record to 3-0.’

    The older I get the more forgetful I get apparently, because I thought I remembered at least one of the Joe’s being skeptical of how the Bucs would start the season facing 4 strong teams. Seems like 2-2 was more the consensus rather than the exception. Many feared we’d start 1-3 in the Todd Bowles era, largely because HC Todd MIGHT influence the offense & get us to run more (heaven forbid). Wow, how some have changed their tune.

    Historically good teams have always been able to ADAPT to changing circumstances (like injuries & suspensions?), and DO WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN. And that’s all the Bucs are doing right now (and the Packers too BTW) … 2 teams playing to their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. Not rocket science, but it is a lot more akin to chess than it is to checkers. Thankfully Todd Bowles appears to be a VERY GOOD CHESS PLAYER.

  22. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Yeah and these same people have no confidence in coach Bowles blaming him for everything that happened with the Jets even though he orchestrated one of the greatest defensive schemes we’ve ever seen against one of the most dynamic qbs and offenses we’ve seen in the Super Bowl. Makes absolutely no sense at all

    Exactly leighroy, this is a football blog site but they almost are ALWAYS the ones bringing up their political rhetoric and as soon as anyone says anything against that they all start chiming in saying it was the other side starting it. Wish they would leave it out

  23. mark2001 Says:

    Hey Leighroy. None of my loved ones got hurt by the virus. So like you say, who cares. A million Americans? Just making room for more immigrants, I guess.

    BTW. This would be a great week for this Defense to shut all the naysayers up about their play. Couldn’t make me happier.

  24. mark2001 Says:

    BTW guys. It is only Political when it is something you don’t agree with, from either perspective. Of course, what we think is personally always apolitically factual, common sense, and the very picture of the truth. That is what we are left with when we dismiss experts in their fields and put our trust in internet talking heads…. Facts and “alternative facts”.

    I try to limit such things to Morning Cup of Joe. That is the thread for it, as I understand. However, with all the Political talk on this one, it was hard to resist.

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    Any true Buccaneers fan who bleeds pewter knows that last week was a huge win. Above any other game, this was the 1st one we circled when the schedule came out.

    Todd the Godd passed his first big test with flying colors. Now we want a sweep and true dominamce in the South!!!

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    Mark2001. You know Washington doesnt work on Sundays? Give it a rest dude. Crack a cold one and enjoy some football.

  27. mark2001 Says:

    Jimmy. Like I said, usually save it for Cup of Joe. But have to wonder. Why haven’t you guys chimed in on Leighroy and all the other “political talk”? Just asking. Or are you proving my point about how one views political discussion?

  28. steele Says:

    I am among the many “skeptics” who still see numerous internal vulnerabilities (still open questions) and a schedule that is a killer—(and I’ve said this repeatedly) unless the competition regresses from what they were a season ago. 2-0 was helped by regression, and we’ll see which other teams also take steps back from where they were.