The good news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after their 31-17 opening day loss to the San Francisco 49ers, is that almost everyone else in the NFC South got off to a slow start as well, with only the New Orleans Saints narrowly pulling off the win with a last minute field goal on Monday Night Football.
The Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay’s next opponent, the Carolina Panthers, were also both defeated, with the Panthers looking particularly sluggish in their loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Bucs Coach, Bruce Arians, needs his team to know that with a Thursday night win on the road, they’re right back in it. And there might not be as much space separating these teams as we thought.
And starting quarterback, Jameis Winston, needs to buy into that message immediately. He threw 3 interceptions on Sunday, and he looked unsure in the pocket during much of the contest. With no viable second option on the roster, his job is safe for now, but Arians needs to finally nail down what’s wrong with his starter and finally find out if this is his quarterback of the future or not.
The coaching/quarterback combo on the other side of the field hasn’t looked too sure of themselves either.
“Riverboat Ron” Rivera, as he called by his hometown critics might have been playing it too safe by overworking his star running back, Christian McCaffrey on Sunday. This means more work for Cam Newton this week, who’s still looking shaky since returning from the injury which ending his season early last year.
Both teams are unsure and they’ll both be saying the same thing before Thursday night’s game.
“One win and we’re right back in it”