Bucs Leave Today For Sunday Afternoon Game

December 9th, 2022

Todd Bowles left a day later than the Seahawks when it came to traveling to Germany last month, and he has a different strategy for this weekend.

Tampa Bay squares off against the 49ers on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST (Watch the game with Ira Kaufman at Big Storm Brewery in Clearwater!) But rather than leave Saturday for the other Bay area, Todd Bowles and the Bucs are flying out this afternoon.

Bowles said he wants the Bucs to get acclimated sooner and have their “normal Saturday” in in California.

Every coach is different on that front. Of course, the Bucs could have had a normal Saturday morning in Tampa and jetted out tomorrow in their charter jet.

Joe wonders if Tom Brady nudged Bowles on this. This weekend is a homecoming for Brady, who grew up in San Mateo, about a half hour drive north of where the Niners now play. Brady talked about plans to visit with family and friends, so maybe he wanted a little extra time.

The Bucs play on Christmas night later this month in Arizona, also a Sunday night. Bowles said the Bucs will fly out Friday, Dec. 23, for that game. Joe hopes that schedule was well received in the Bucs’ locker room.

34 Responses to “Bucs Leave Today For Sunday Afternoon Game”

  1. Goatfarmer Says:

    Maybe he can tell ByeMron it’s a Monday night game and he needs him to stay behind and assess the strategic impact of scoring more points than the other guy.

  2. uhmmm Says:

    Todd sure is in a hurry to get to CA to only put up 18 pts……

  3. Joshua porter Says:

    18 pts is being kind…..

  4. Goatfarmer Says:

    Hammering the under sounds like a no brained way to make a truckload for $

  5. Mike C Says:

    I am worried about coming off a Monday night game and heading to the west coast, hopefully you are pushing the right button on this one coach.

  6. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Might as well. Don’t have to work on the game plan . It’s the same every week.

  7. JayBuc Says:

    if we can get 18 pts we may just win. But if we can’t protect Brady against their pass rush (especially if Bosa plays) we may only put up 3 and lose 10-3

  8. Buc4evr Says:

    Maybe TB12 wants a little extra time to be with Veronika. Lol. Bye Giselle…

  9. Mike Johnson Says:

    Good Luck Bucs. You’re gonna need plenty of it from us and the Football Gods out there in the windy climate. This will be the toughest defense we have faced all year. Brady and the O line are gonna have to be clicking on all cylinders to pull this one off. It can happen. But I’m just not that optimistic. Still..GO BUCS!

  10. Sag Says:

    The Goat will win .Experience Quarterback will prevail.May head to Nevada and play ML.

  11. HC Grover Says:

    True Genius at work. A ‘normal’ Saturday in San Fran?

  12. HC Grover Says:

    WX tomorrow heavy rain temp in 40’s

  13. Pewter Power Says:

    Todd Bowles is an amazing head coach if you don’t count weekly preparation, game day decision making, half time adjustments or press conferences

  14. SB~LV Says:

    Although they are young enough to adjust every little bit helps
    Jet lag is real!

  15. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Joe is reaching! Brady didn’t nudge Bowles. It makes total sense to fly out early. This would not be a first for a team to fly out early for a west coast game. If Bowles decided not to fly out early, people would find a reason to complain. Brady will see his friends and family at the game. Stop trying to create some controversy. By the way, the locker room probably loves to spend some time in California.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    HC Grover … Just as importantly I think, it’s forecast to be in the 50’s & heavy rain Sunday PM. 49ers have a decent running game (ranked #14 averaging 124 YPG on the ground) and a #1 ranked run defense. Bucs have a non-existent running game (ranked #32 averaging 73 YPG on the ground) and a #18 ranked run defense.

    Still, ASSUMING that Vea & Hicks are both available, we might have a chance IF we can keep the game low-scoring. With a rookie QB, odds are pretty good that San Fran will run more than they pass regardless of the weather. The 4 games that they’ve lost have all been because they lost the turnover battle. Strange things can happen in wet weather.

  17. sasquatch Says:

    It doesn’t really matter. We’re going to lose. We deserve to lose. We need to lose to get these foonking coaches out in the off-season.

  18. Joe in Michigan Says:

    sasquatch Says:
    December 9th, 2022 at 4:31 pm
    It doesn’t really matter. We’re going to lose. We deserve to lose. We need to lose to get these foonking coaches out in the off-season.
    Thank you, Little Miss Sunshine! You must own stock in FTX and CNN to be this miserable.

  19. Nprbuc Says:

    Any team on any Sunday right” Let’s hope we are Any team this Sunday!

  20. Buc4evr Says:

    We can win this if we go no huddle and score points. The film on their rookie QB looks pretty impressive. Secondary needs to play a lot of man coverage and we need to get pressure up front.

  21. Darin Says:

    Wjy change it coach you’re already winning games Byron said

  22. Tap-Out Says:

    Nothing wrong with going to the west coast early ….I think and yes I realize what I think doesn’t matter! Head Coach’s decision and it’s one that he and only he has to live with! …Going early may give the players a chance to recruit more supportive fans!

  23. David Says:

    I hate being pessimistic, but I just cannot see them winning this game. I can see them winning out after this game though, even against Cincinnati, but this one is going to be brutal. All games are won or lost in the trenches and I cannot see the Bucs winning either side of the ball against San Fran. I really really hope I’m wrong.

  24. DungyDance Says:

    Seems to me chances are high that the Sunday night game might get flexed out.

  25. Mike Says:

    Todd or Byron will never go no huddle. It makes too much sense!!!

  26. Eric b Says:


  27. Crickett Baker Says:

    I think he is right on the timing. He even had the team wearing the right cleats in Germany whilst the Seabirds were having to change theirs mid-game. They also were jumping around, b4 the game while the Bucs looked focused. I believe it’s one thing Bowles does right.

  28. Eric Says:

    Radio 2.0

  29. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    “Joe wonders if Tom Brady nudged Bowles on this.”

    We’ll know if Brady gets back-charged for an extra day at the team hotel.

  30. Hodad Says:

    Think you’re right Joe about why they’re flying out early.

  31. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Defense Rules Says:
    “Bucs have a non-existent running game (ranked #32 averaging 73 YPG on the ground) and a #18 ranked run defense.

    If you consider only the games since Hicks returned, I think the defense scores out much better.

  32. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Bucs won last 3 out of 4 by out rushing the opponent and winning time of possession- they lost both stats to Browns.
    Seems like a similar formula should win against 49ers- and turnovers are always a big factor.

  33. Edward Says:

    I hope Joe wouldn’t do that! I think the real reason is to get there, get acclimated, and figure out how they can possibly beat the best defensive football team out there with no running game and receivers that can’t ketch the ball (besides Goodwin), and an offensive line that can’t block against one of the best defensive lines in Football..Ya, Ya I know they all got hurt in game one…But Brady cannot block, ketch, and be a defense back for them!, He can perform miracles in the last minute IF the rest of the team brings its best with Fournet out (No donuts for Him nest offseason)

  34. orlbucfan Says:

    It’s smart thinking on Bowles’ part. Bucs will get used to time change and weather conditions which are going to be wet and nasty. They need to bring their A+ game on all parts and 🍀. 49ers are red hot right now.