Gameday Tampa Bay

September 10th, 2023

Game 1

Bucs at Vikings 

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

TV: CBS (WTSP-TV Channel 10, locally).

Streaming: Paramount+, NFL+ and (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 also will be broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 388 (Buccaneers Radio Network feed).

Weather: There are few if any dome stadiums where Joe can say they have character. The Superdome might be one. U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is certainly one. It’s a cool stadium and when the fans get rocking with that “Skol” chant and clap (much like Gators or Seminoles games) and start with that damn horn, that place is electric. It’s also built to resemble a giant ship (no joke). So Bucs fans attending the game (Joe has noticed a fair amount in downtown Minneapolis) will have climate control. If they are tailgating outside (there are many watering holes near the stadium) it will be pleasant jacket weather with temps in the low 60s. After the game it looks to be 72 per, It is expected to be cloudy today in Minneapolis. This place really is underrated from a fan’s experience. Too bad it’s frozen half the season.

Odds: Per BetMGM, as of midnight, Vikings -5.5; over/under 46.

Referees: Scott Novak’s gang will work today’s game. Novak and his crew used to hate flags. In 2019 Novak and his outfit threw the fewest flags in the league. In 2021 that began to change when Novak’s outfit began to get flag- happy. However, good news for the Bucs is that in games Novak has worked, home teams have won just 37 percent of the time, per Sharp Football Analysis.

Injuries: Bucs — Questionable: DT Calijah Kancey (calf), G Cody Mauch (back). Vikings — Questionable: OLB Marcus Davenport (ankle).

Outlook: For the Bucs to win, Joe firmly believes the defense will have to step up. The Vikings have two serious weapons in Justin Jefferson and T.J. Hockenson. Jefferson can take over a game by himself. Hockenson is just damn dangerous. If the Bucs can shut these guys down, they will have a good shot to win. Joe doesn’t think it’s smart to try to get into a shooting match with the Vikings. While the Bucs have the weapons to win a shootout, do we really want Baker Mayfield to put the ball in the air 35-40 times? That seems like a recipe for disaster.  If the Bucs win this game, expect a 1990s-type of game where the Bucs play smashmouth football and strong defense. The Bucs have sure put a lot of faith into running back Rachaad White who simply does not (yet) have the resume of an RB1. Today would be a very good time to demonstrate all the faith the Bucs put into him was the right move. As dangerous as the Vikings can be, they can’t get any freebies with Bucs turnovers.

Fun fact: Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were the third-most productive duo for receiving yards last year with 2,147. Only Tyreek Hill/Jaylen Waddle (Miami) at 3,066 yards and  A.J. Brown/Devonta Smith (Philadelphia) 2,692 had more.

14 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. BillyBucco Says:

    She purdy!
    Seriously better than any of our cheerleaders.

  2. Mike C Says:


  3. Mike C Says:

    Uhhhh……. Yeah Billy Bucco……… wait…. What?

  4. Crazyhorse54 Says:

    Uh, back to the game…

    I have no confidence in the right side of our Oline. This will cost the Bucs not only this game, but at least 12 more.

  5. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    So how many points are we going to spot them before we wake up?

  6. Tackleblockwin Says:

    As we prepare for the unknown, a new season. Just want thank both Joe’s, Ira, and the entire Joe Bucs fan team for providing us with the best Bucs site ever. Cheers, fellas!

  7. Dan Says:

    VIKINGS 34 Bucs 10

  8. Bojim Says:

    Agree. Thanks for getting us through the off season Joe’s

  9. Henry Says:

    Yeah our cheerleaders are like a bowl of fifteen bean soup. A few lentils, a couple of sweet peas and a bunch of butter beans. Oh and lets not forget the pole beans.

  10. Mike C Says:

    Alright Dan, you going to be around after that prediction ages like milk?

  11. Joe Says:

    You are welcome Bojim! Thanks for hanging out. 👍

  12. Bucs 95 Says:

    Whos that baddie in the pic ?

  13. PhxBucsFan Says:

    Am I the only person fighting with Google to get this game to play on my television? What a nightmare!

  14. Mike C Says:

    So Dan?