Bucs At Dixie Chicks, Open Thread

December 10th, 2023

OK, boys and girls. Comment all game long below!

Bucs players said today’s game at Atlanta is a playoff game. Bucs coach Todd Bowles reinforced on the Buccaneers Radio Network pregame show saying it is “playoff football in December.” Even Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht said today is a playoff game.

The Bucs aren’t mathematically eliminated with a loss but man, they would be painted into a corner.

As always, Joe kindly asks that you play nice.

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December 10th, 2023

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Vita Vea Will Not Play

December 10th, 2023

Second missed game.

Joe has a nice perch at the Falcons’ stadium and just choked on some press box potatoes. It was announced that Buccaneers’ manbeast Vita Vea will not play today.

He’s got a foot injury. Vea missed practice time this week and was questionable entering today.

He’s not the guy you want out against a team like the Falcons that runs like it’s 1992, with a trio of studly runners.

This is the second game Vea has missed this season (Week 8 at Buffalo) He missed three last year.

“Not Good Enough To Make Desmond Ridder Look Too Horrible”

December 10th, 2023

Lots of smart people, including a slim majority of Bucs fans (see Joe’s home page poll), think Tampa Bay will lose today in Atlanta. [read more]

Make The Call!

December 10th, 2023

Flash poll posted at 3:04 a.m. Poll closed at 9:42 a.m.

Baker Mayfield’s Last Stand?

December 10th, 2023

Tampa future is on the line.

A few days ago, the mighty Sage of Tampa Bay Sports, Ira Kaufman, was very clear in his belief that a Bucs loss today in Atlanta should signal the end of the Baker Mayfield era in Tampa. [read more]

Catch Up On Your Ira Kaufman Podcast Listening

December 10th, 2023

Listen at Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or Podbean.com, and more.

Pregame with “The Sage.”

Dave Canales: Cody Mauch Is Most Improved Player

December 10th, 2023

Major progress.

Is Bucs rookie right guard Cody Mauch the next J.R. Sweezy? Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales invoked the former Bucs guard’s name when discussing last week how much Mauch has improved. [read more]

Bucs Shouldn’t Worry About Atrocious Pass Defense Against Running Backs

December 10th, 2023

Atlanta coach Artie Smith.

Normally, Joe would be outraged by the following stats. Not today. [read more]

Bucky Brooks: Mike Evans A First-Ballot Hall Of Famer

December 10th, 2023

Bold prediction.

Mike Evans is nothing but consistent. And it’s that consistency that put him in Canton. [read more]

Gameday Tampa Bay

December 10th, 2023

Game 13

Bucs (5-7) at Dixie Chicks (6-6) 

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

TV: CBS (WTSP-TV Channel 10 locally) with Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta and Aditi Kinkhabwala.

[read more]

Can Rachaad White Handle The Punishment?

December 9th, 2023

Guess who is tied for the fourth-most touches in the NFL?

That would be Rachaad White. [read more]

Falcons Significantly Weakened In The Trenches

December 9th, 2023

When the Bucs played the Colts in a key road game last month, Joe thought Vita Vea would capitalize on Indianapolis starting their backup center.

It didn’t happen. [read more]

How Defenses Cover Chris Godwin (And Other Bucs Receivers)

December 9th, 2023

Documenting coverage.

So what the hell is going on with Chris Godwin? A graphic that outlines his play may offer a window. [read more]

Will Bucs Pull A Byron Leftwich Special?

December 9th, 2023

Failed Bucs OC Byron Leftwich.

Last year’s Bucs-Steelers game in October completely turned Joe off on former Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. [read more]

TV Map For Bucs-Dixie Chicks

December 9th, 2023

Free football.

Very, very important game for the Bucs. Either the Bucs will be in the driver’s seat for the NFC South title, or their scouts will be buried in video of college quarterbacks Drake Maye and Jayden Daniels while players book trips to the DR and coaches get quotes from moving companies.

[read more]