The NFC Is Helping The Bucs

September 28th, 2022

Getting a break from others.

While Joe drove to Stuart to avoid Hurricane Beckles, Joe began to think a depressive Bucs thought.

(When Joe made hotel reservations Joe thought southeast Florida would be clear, but instead, Hurricane Beckles decided to take a right-hand turn and the Treasure Coast is absolutely getting soaked this morning.)

Perhaps, with the Bucs struggling on offense, this is who the Bucs are in 2022? Father Dungy-like offense. Dull. Drab. Dreadful. Painful, in fact.

Then research cheered Joe up while reading his good friend Mike Tanier’s work in Football Outsiders. It seems no NFC team expected to be a powerhouse is playing anything close to a powerhouse.

The Buccaneers are 2-1, the Packers 2-1, Brady magic ain’t quite what it used to be, and none of the expected NFC powerhouses look very good right now.

That includes the Los Angeles Rams. At least the Buccaneers and Packers had legitimate excuses for their offensive brownout. The Rams were at relatively full strength on Sunday when they took a 13-0 lead and then just stopped to let the Arizona Cardinals catch up. The Rams settled for field goals early (except for one Cooper Kupp highlight-reel end-around touchdown) then three-and-outs for much of the second and third quarters, then a fourth-quarter fumble at the goal line when they had a chance to ice the game away.

Tanier is on to something here. No one is running away with the NFC. The Bucs, Packers and Rams are flawed through three weeks.

So this started to excite Joe driving down the Florida Turnpike. Indirectly, the Packers and Rams are playing lousy football, almost like they are giving the Bucs a head-start of sorts for the Bucs to get healthy.

No one is running off with the NFC.

Well, other than the Eagles.

Stay safe tonight and tomorrow morning, gang. Don’t want to miss the rest of Brady’s final season for something stupid.

25 Responses to “The NFC Is Helping The Bucs”

  1. Kody Says:

    The only question is can the Bucs get healthy and stay healthy. The whole season is riding on that really.

  2. Bucs Guy Says:

    Eagles will win the NFC East, but who have they beat? Not impressed with wins over Detroit, Carolina and Washington.

  3. Hodad Says:

    Three weeks in, 14 to go. Like TB said, lot of football left. Philly is 3-0, and looking like the best team in the NFC.

  4. BucsfanFred Says:

    The BUCS will be ok.

  5. dmatt Says:

    No worries, only three games played thusfar. I say between now n game nine, several things must happen to right the ship:
    • Backup OL start gelling n firing on all cylinders
    • Eliminate dropped passes n turn overs
    • Minimize penalties, but zero tolerance for bone head penalties
    • Maximum protection for Brady
    • Play calling becomes aggressive n unpredictable
    • Improve on third down
    • Jensen, Smith, Godwin,Evans,n Julio returns
    • Defense not only continue to ball out but elevates to elite
    • Win the Super Bowl

  6. WvBuc Says:

    Joe is reading football analysis while driving the turnpike?

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Hodad … Yes Philly is 3-0 but they’ve played Detroit (#32 defense), Minnesota (#9 defense) and Washington (#28 defense). They’ll meet their match soon enough. I do like their defense though (this seems to be the year of the defense thus far).

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s also good that LA, ARIZ & SF play each other twice…..too bad Eagles & Packers don’t have the same competition.

    Eagles have played well but played against weaker teams…..

  9. bob Says:

    the season has a long ways to go….relax

  10. #8 Says:

    Bucs get unstoppable after bye again-

  11. PSL Bob Says:

    Welcome to the Treasure Coast Joe!

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Joe could be close enough to see Freddie Martino perform at the Ramada Inn Velvet Lounge in Vero Beach…..

    Ask Freddie if he’s still in shape….we may end up needing him.

  13. PSL Bob Says:

    Hated that we let the Packers win that game. Hopefully, we won’t get into a tie breaker situation for home field advantage in the playoffs.

  14. Mort Says:

    Once again – too small of a sample size. Let Philly play someone not picking in the top 5 next year. We know the Bucs, Rams and Packers are all going to be in it at the end.

  15. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Get healthy. We’ll be fine.

  16. Vortexx6694 Says:

    Joe are you in Stuart? I will buy the first round if you get board this afternoon. Next door in Palm city.

  17. Scooter Says:

    Hurricane is almost a 5. When NFL Teams got covid, Roger Goddell rescheduled games to the future. The Buc’s employees, players,coaches probably have a good number of homes and families that reside in the path of this hurricane. The NFL should reschedule this game to a future date. This would allow the Bucs time thru practice to become more cohesive offensively and maybe help with the healing of the injured players. Right now the Bucs are practicing on a neutral site and will be playing on another neutral site where possibly The Chiefs may have a Fan advantage.

  18. Goatfarmer Says:

    Eagles will turn into pigeons. Matter of time.

    2000 Bucs started 3-0 with Shaun King and everyone anointed them. Four weeks later they were 3-4.

  19. Wild Bill Says:

    The sky is not falling. 2-1 against decent teams and holding Packers to 14 points is not a collapse. We as fans expect the Bucs to dominate? Got to remember other teams have been drafting much higher and we have lost key players. Parity? Too early for doom and gloom.

  20. ScottyMack Says:

    “Philly is 3-0 but they’ve played Detroit (#32 defense), Minnesota (#9 defense) and Washington (#28 defense). They’ll meet their match soon enough.”

    Uhm, the rest of their schedule might be easier than those three games. Other than a game against the very questionable Saints, one against a Packers team that isn’t exactly an offensive powerhouse and two games against a Cowboys team that is anything but stellar, they play NOBODY the rest of the season and frankly, have as good a shot of going undefeated as any team has had in years.

  21. Scooter Says:

    About 3 years ago the Stealers were 11-0 and fell apart, I think Arizona was 9-0 last year or the year before and fell apart. From Mid-December on its about being healthy and having ur offensive and defensive players communicating on the field, knowing their assignments and executing with few penalties and turnovers.

  22. Dooley Says:

    Bucs gotta start helping themselves

  23. westernbuc Says:

    The NFL had a contingency plan, unlike last time, when both teams lost their bye weeks. NFL can’t pass up Mahomes v Brady.

    Stay safe Florida

  24. Old School Bucs Says:

    Geeze! Listening to the same clown smack everyday is just irritating. Before the season started everyone eas freaking out over the first 4 werks including the coaches. We went 2-1 with an offense rhat lost half its starting lineup and people are still freaking. Brady and his offenses have had slow starts before in NE, relying on defense to hold the line. Brady is at his best in crunch time and considering the line is wiped out and the receiver corps is wiped out I am very comfortable saying this team is going to breakout when the O gets healthy. Rogers will regret the day he was such a smart ass in the victory last week. Believe me! Brady put that game on his wall and Will remember it in the playoffs. And our D. Woahhhh to those who dont believe, because this D is something else!!! And Bowle really knows how to fix them when they are running on all cylinders. We are moving on to Kansas City!!!!!

  25. Anonymous Says:

    Boron Leftwurst is at a crossroads. He is not only being watched to see if he is head coaching material, he is being watched to see if, without BA’s hand up has back forming his words and his thoughts, he can be a coordinator.

    He was BA’s pick. He’s not Todd’s pick.

    BA also picked Todd over Boron to replace him.

    Todd isn’t married to Boron and will not hesitate to move on if he continues to suck. Hopefully Brady is sitting on top of the Boron telling him how it’s going to be this next game. Same old Boron deficiencies.

    Where’s the motion? Where’s the play action especially on first down? Where’s the up tempo no huddle?

    Boron Leftwurst. Living off of Bruce Arians’ coattails since he left the golf course.