don’t know what to make of the Dolphins, but I do know they have a nasty
defense, and I could see them wreaking serious havoc on the Buccaneers’
questionable interior offensive line. The Dolphins played particularly well at
home in 2016 (6-2) and mark a tough road opponent to start the season. I’m
expecting a defensive battle in which neither Winston or Cutler are able to
find their rhythm.
|| 31-20 Bucs (1-1)
prodigal son Mike Glennon returns home, and in my alternative universe he
throws a billion touchdowns and throws a javelin into Jason Licht’s throat for
daring to let him walk in free agency. He then burns the city of Tampa to the
ground. But in my not alternative universe, being reality, I think the Bears
have a pretty incomplete roster on both sides of the ball. Expecting a good
game from Jacquizz Rodgers and the Bucs offense wakes up after a bad week 1
against the Dolphins.
|| 24-17 Bucs (2-1)
predict the Buccaneers defense stifles the Vikings offense here, but the
Vikings defense will reciprocate and keep Jameis from having an explosive game.
Winston has struggled against complete secondaries in the past, and between
Rhodes and Harrison Smith, this could be a difficult one for him. Side note:
but I think Trae Waynes has a breakout year for the Vikings this year. Bucs
come out on top, narrowly.
|| 28-20 Giants (2-2)
one is tough to predict, but I think Eli Manning is the deciding factor here.
If the Bucs defense can force him into some stupid turnovers, they come out on
top; but conversely, this Giants defense is spooky good and could force Jameis
into stupid turnovers too. I’m expecting some face palm worthy plays from both
teams, but Giants win this one.
|| 34-13 Patriots (2-3)
love to be more optimistic about this one, but the Patriots took their Super
Bowl roster and made it even stronger (this time without our players). If
there’s one consistent thing Belichick has done throughout his career, it’s
make an ass out of young quarterbacks. This is a game that could be a potential
|| 27-17 Cardinals (2-4)
really hope our run game is ready to take the load and produce, because if last
year was any indication, the Cardinals are not the kind of team you want to
make Jameis throw a ton of passes against. Winston threw a whopping 4 picks
against them last year on 54 passes (and lost a fumble). While surrounded by
better targets this year, this is a game that will hopefully limit Jameis to no
more than 30 passes. Cardinals may be regressing at the QB position, but this
is still a great roster, top to bottom.|
|| 31-13 Bucs (3-4)
a three game slide, Bucs get a much needed victory on the road against the
Bills. This is a game I could see the Bucs taking over both offensively and
|| 20-17 Bucs (4-4)
terms of defensive talent, Panthers are still as good as they come. Love the
addition of McAffrey on the other side of the ball too and think he’s going to
break out for some big plays early on in his career. Jameis has gone an even
2-2 against Carolina in his career so far. I like his odds at home here.
|| 41-27 Bucs (5-4)
a shootout here and for our offense to finally have that explosive game where
their potential is realized. I also hate the Saints more than I hate ISIS, so
would love this result to actually happen.
|| 30-10 Bucs (6-4)
now, Jets would be my early candidates to get the #1 overall pick in the 2018
draft. They have just enough defensive talent to keep them competitive
(particularly their front four), but I could see their offense looking similar
to our 2014 dumpster fire when McCown was our QB. Expecting a relatively low
scoring game with Tampa coming out on top at home.
going to get arrested. I just know it.
|| 34-27 Falcons (6-5)
know if the Falcons go through your typical Super Bowl hangover or not, but
what I do know is that the Bucs still can’t stop Julio Jones. Fun facts: nearly
15% of his career receiving yards have come against Tampa. He averages 111
yards and a TD against us in his career. He is good at NFL football.
Bucs-Falcons matchups have been very exciting as of late. I think the Falcons
take the first one in ATL.
|| 28-24 Bucs (7-5)
is the game I’m most excited for and could be one of those career defining
games for Winston, going head to head with the league’s best in Aaron Rodgers
at Lambeau. Packers might be my early NFC pick for the Super Bowl, but for some
reason my biased gut tells me that Jameis will pull some of his magic here on
the road in a statement game.
|| 34-17 Bucs (8-5)
another big offensive performance for the Bucs, namely from our rushing attack.
Home stretch here, and this is a must win at home to squeak into the playoffs.
|| 41-27 Bucs (9-5)
stepped up bigtime last year against the Falcons, throwing for 542 yards, 7
TD’s, and 1 INT in two outings. I think he blows up for one more big game at
|| 31-24 Panthers (9-6)
end a three game win streak on the road against Carolina, who we’ve gone an
even .500 against in the Jameis Winston era. I think we split the series here.
|| 37-24 Bucs (10-6)
division and playoff hopes may very well come down to this game, and the Bucs
have the advantage of playing all three division rivals the last three games to
take the lead (or squander it). Bucs win Week 17 to take the NFC South and get
our first playoff berth in 10 years. There, I said it. Fight me.