Tampa Bay Buccaneers: No Bye, Just A Fish Fry

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) are traveling to face the Miami Dolphins (4-5) after postponing the game due to Hurricane Irma back in September. This would have been both teams bye week, but instead, the NFL insisted on moving the game to this time, instead of moving locations. While the Bucs will still be without Jameis Winston, they are finally receiving Mike Evans after his one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Bucs are riding the coattails of backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and look to continue the winning streak they just established. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can win this game, as long as they follow the keys to victory, outlined below:

Get Smokin Jay Hot

I know what your thinking, why get him hot? Well not hot like he is doing good, but hot like he is furious. After Jay Cutler had a terrible game on Monday Night against the Carolina Panthers. With the work, the Bucs were able to do on Josh McCown they could extremely annoy Cutler. Once Jay Cutler becomes frustrated with any aspect of the offense, he will start to force throws and cause turnovers. Hit Cutler enough times, and he will make two or three turnovers in the Bucs favor.

Protect The Fitz

The Miami defensive line is not one to mess around with. Miami’s defense has a couple of hard-hitting linemen, who are not afraid to take Fitz down and keep him down. The Offensive line is going to have to step up and play the part big time this week. Along with Fitz getting the ball out quickly, to help out the offensive line. Expect short screens to Jackson and slant or corner routes to Mike Evans. This will reduce a lot of pressure from the offensive line.

Just Think About It

This isn’t necessarily a key to victory, but more or less a reminder of what could have been. If the team played this game in week one, the Bucs would be facing a Jay Cutler in his first game of the season, a healthy Jay Ajayi. Tampa Bay would be playing without Doug Martin and with Jameis Winston. While these may even out if I were the Bucs I would have rather just moved the game to a neutral site, and taken the bye week this week, especially since Jameis injures his shoulder.

If the Bucs execute everything that is above, they should easily run away with this game. Extending their winning streak to two games. While winning these games will not help or hinder the Bucs in any way, these wins are more of a sentimental value more than anything.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Dolphins at 1:00 P.M. EST in Miami, FL. Be sure to look out for the recap of this game following the final score!


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