Bye Week Comes At A Good Time

May 15th, 2024

Timing of bye should make Todd Bowles smile.

Joe is a big believer that the later a team’s bye week the better. Especially if that team has older players.

The Bucs have two key veterans who could use a breather near the end of the season: Mike Evans and Lavonte David. Both play football the old-school way: physical.

Not only did the NFL give the Bucs a gift with four primetime games this fall, and a chance at a fifth, but the NFL gave the Bucs sort of a break as to when the bye week comes around.

The bye is in Week 11, just after the Bucs play back-to-back games against the 2023 Super Bowl teams, the Chiefs and the 49ers.

To add to the good timing, the Bucs will host the 49ers at 1 p.m. before beginning their midseason vacation.

Having a late bye is always better. Even former Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales said this last year. And remember the glorious 2020 season? The Bucs had a bye in December.

The Bucs returned refreshed and energized and ran the table. They never lost a game after that late bye, 8-0.

So the bye comes at the right time, a little late. And after what should be two very bruising games against the best in the NFL.

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12 Responses to “Bye Week Comes At A Good Time”

  1. rrsrqnc Says:

    Brutal schedule especially with a few teams that we have had issues with

  2. bill Says:

    you have to beat the team you’re playing that game….that’s what a real contender does….picking through the shedule is a waste of time,

  3. Funderstruck Says:

    Our previous issues have been around physicality in the trenches and if the team hasn’t been in lock-step to remedy the deficiency, then they have done nothing.

    I expect the NFL to grasp their collective pearls (this is a family site….) in shock and horror in what we already know: It’s time to Bake the other teams’ (dough)nuts.


  4. adam from ny Says:

    4 freakin’ primers…!

    with a quick run thru i’m still at 10-7…

    gonna be tough to go 5-5 before the bye…

    the key is to somehow be 5-5 going into the
    bye week…because i somehow see us going 5-2 down the home stretch…

    5-5 before the bye…then 5-2 to fin out the season

    wowzers and yowzers at the freakin’ schedule

  5. Mac Says:

    I agree getting to 5-5 or better before the bye is crucial if they want to get to the playoffs for a 5th straight year.

  6. Dan the Bucs fan Says:

    9-8 and getting in playoffs as last wild card is realistic. Brutal schedule. Let’s go Bucs just get back in the playoffs.

  7. unbelievable Says:

    Can’t believe how many people I keep seeing crying and complaining about a tough schedule.

    JFC, grow a pair.

  8. Dave Pear Says:

    In 2020, the Bucs had a real head coach.

  9. BillyBucco Says:

    This schedule is not HARD if the Bucs are GOOD.
    They should go 3-1 to start. If they get over the Detroit hump who knows.
    If they are good they split between KC and SF.
    Bucs need to win 2-3 games against GREAT teams.
    4-2 in the Division at least is crucial again.
    Don’t see how Atlanta improved on Defense.
    MCMillan will prove to make the NO game easier.
    Carolina will lose twice.
    I say 11-6 final record.

  10. heyjude Says:

    Love the bye week position. We do only have three home games after, four away being Giants, Panthers, Chargers, and Cowboys. Panthers twice. We can do this!

  11. bob in valrico Says:

    I would also add Chris Godwin to that veteran mix who has often played with a sore knee since his surgery. The recent article where Cohen wanted to see how
    beat up Chris’s hands were was an eye opener.

  12. WilieG Says:

    The late bye will give Brady a chance to learn the playbook and practice after Joe Kapp*….errrr, I mean Baker Mayfield, goes down with an injury.

    ***Kapp was my first ever favorite NFL player when I was a wee lad. I loved the way he played. Mayfield is like him and that scares me.


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