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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule Preview: Part One, Taking on Teams in Turmoil


Jun 29th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

 by Leo Howell





 
The football season officially starts in just over two months, so it’s about time to start taking an in-depth look at the teams the Buccaneers will face next year, and see how well the team from Tampa Bay matches up.
 
This week we take a look at the first four weeks of the season, and we find four teams who are no strangers to turmoil, either now or over the past year. Is this a blessing for the Bucs, or does it mean they are going up against four teams with chips on their shoulders? Let’s start with week one.
 
Week One: At the New York Jets
 

Turmoil, thy name is butt fumble. The Jets are a mess of a franchise at the moment, seemingly lacking in talent all over the football field and desperately trying to move on from the core of players who were keys to their past successes. Darrelle Revis will be present, but in pewter and red, while much to the dismay of the Jets, Mark Sanchez will likely still be wearing green.
 
The Jets will actually have some talent on their offensive line, but without a truly productive back to run the ball and with no passing game to take pressure off of the running game, it’s not likely to mean much. There are decent players on the defense, as well, but it’s not the same formidable lineup that dominated the AFC just a few short years ago.
 
The Buccaneers will have to ensure that they don’t allow the Jets’ running game to take off (only Jet pun, I promise). Mark Sanchez will provide a nice warm-up for the improved Bucs’ secondary, and the offense will have a very good litmus test to start the season against a defense that is talented and well-coached.
 




Week Two: versus the New Orleans Saints
 
Turmoil, thy name is Bountygate. With the Saints just now recovering fully from the penalties assessed as a part of Bountygate, they are going to be a different team in 2013. Drew Brees can now officially be considered in his “mid-30′s” but he’s still a formidable NFL quarterback, and  will be more comfortable with his head coach Sean Payton back on the sidelines.
 
The Saints’ offense is a known commodity. The defense is a huge question mark heading into next season. Rob Ryan has come to town to put his signature spin on the defense, and therefore it’s unclear just how they’ll be performing come week two. It is clear that the Saints did not have the resources nor did they have the motivation to revamp their defense in the same way the Buccaneers did, so this will be a much more favorable matchup for the Bucs’ offense.
 
Against the Saints’ offense, it will be up to the non-Revis corners to lock down the many weapons Drew Brees has at his disposal, and it will be a test for Mark Barron should he be called upon to cover Jimmy Graham. The Bucs’ D versus Saints’ O matchup will be the first brick in the foundation of the Bucs’ season. If they Buccaneers can prove they truly have a no-fly zone on defense, the season sets up well. But if they allow 40 points and Drew Brees has a field day, it could be another long year in Tampa.
 
Week Three: at the New England Patriots
 
Turmoil, thy name is tight end troubles. The Patriots’ offense has taken a severe blow this offseason, and it may actually call into question the viability of one of the league’s most consistent units. Wes Welker has departed for the Denver Broncos, and Aaron Hernandez has been released, and with injury questions about the two best receiving options currently on the roster (Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski), Michael Jenkins, Aaron Dobbs, and Jake Ballard quickly become the primary targets for Tom Brady. And while Brady has certainly done a lot with a little many times in his career, this might just be asking too much of the veteran signal caller.
 
That said, the Patriots will still be able to move the ball, and they feature a running game that will surprise people expecting the same high-flying pass offense that has been in display for years. But Stevan Ridley has been known to fumble, and Danny Woodhead is no longer in town, so there are question marks in the backfield as well.
 
On defense, the Patriots are definitely looking up. Chandler Jones has a chance to be a very good player at defensive end, and the rest of the usual cast of characters is still there. But it’s the additions of veterans Tommy Kelly and Adrian Wilson that could make an impact on the Pats next year. The Bucs will have to prevent big plays on offense and negotiate the strong front seven on defense to pull an upset against the Patriots.
 
Week Four: versus the Arizona Cardinals
 
Turmoil, thy name is quarterback talent deficiency. The Cardinals had awful play at QB last year, and it was one of the main reasons for their disappointing finish in a very tough division. But there is talent on defense, and with Carson Palmer now heading up the offense, the Cardinals might be a bit more of a force to reckon with in 2013.
 
There’s not a ton of talent at running back, and outside of Larry Fitzgerald there’s nothing to write home about at receiver, but Fitzgerald is an elite receiver, or at least he was the last time we saw him with any sort of decent quarterback play. The defense is a different story.
 
Patrick Peterson is one of the best corners in the league, and there’s plenty of talent elsewhere on D. So for the Buccaneers to emerge victorious, they’ll have to score enough points to out-do Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. That means avoiding mistakes against an opportunistic defense, and using Revis and company to lock down Fitz.



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« #1 : July 01, 2013, 09:59:21 AM »

Would you rather be playing those teams when they are at their best? I'm all for any competitive edge possible.

Also, I wouldn't really say the Saints are still in turmoil from bounty gate. Maybe last year, but I'd be more worried about Drew Brees getting older than still worrying about Bountygate. He's 34 now, hopefully he's only in the league for a couple more years. I hate Drew Brees.


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« #2 : July 01, 2013, 10:29:24 AM »

I disagree with this article and the explanations to support it is poor.

Week 1 Jets. Turmoil, yes at QB. They still have a defense especially pass defense that every opponent should take seriously.

Week 2 Saints. Turmoil, no. They have their old coach and will continue where they left off by scoring multiple TDs.

Week 3. Pats. Turmoil, no. Fans forget the Pats still had a winning record when Brady was hurt for a year. Also the media is ignoring the Pats probably have the better RB depth they had in years and probably in the league. BB will adjust accordingly has he always does.

Week 4. Turmoil, no. They have a better QB but the Cardinals will be the Cardinals which is an average team at best. 

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« #3 : July 01, 2013, 01:48:13 PM »

Saints were in turmoil last year, not this year. They'll be better this year. Pats are never in turmoil because that just isn't the mindset of belicheck. As long as they have Brady they'll win 10 or 11 games a year.

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« #4 : July 01, 2013, 01:59:27 PM »

Of the first 4, my only concern is the  Pats. Never ever sell Bellicheck short or bet against him.

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« #5 : July 01, 2013, 02:37:22 PM »

I disagree with this article and the explanations to support it is poor.

Week 1 Jets. Turmoil, yes at QB. They still have a defense especially pass defense that every opponent should take seriously.



What makes you say they have a good pass defense? They will be starting rookie Dee Milliner week one opposite Antonio Cromartie, who couldn't even preform as good as Bucs 2012 rookie DB Leonard Johnson. At safety the Jets are starting a solid but not special vet in Dawan Landry, who turns 32 years old in december, along side sophmore Josh Bush who's only pulse on the stat line is his whopping 11 combined tackles. That combination of defensive backs hardly seems like a fearsome bunch. If there is anything about the 2013 Jets that should make you worry it should be their run D. I have a feeling pro-bowler Doug Martin will take care of that though.


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« #6 : July 01, 2013, 04:15:22 PM »

It's still the NFL where wins need to be earned.
The Jets will come out on fire because Ryan needs wins right away. The Pats will find a way to plug in a couple of lesser known players and be competitive. And the Saints will find a way to score 28 points against our much improved defense. Cards? No clue.
2-2 seems likely.

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« #7 : July 01, 2013, 04:43:28 PM »

I disagree with this article and the explanations to support it is poor.

Week 1 Jets. Turmoil, yes at QB. They still have a defense especially pass defense that every opponent should take seriously.



What makes you say they have a good pass defense? They will be starting rookie Dee Milliner week one opposite Antonio Cromartie, who couldn't even preform as good as Bucs 2012 rookie DB Leonard Johnson. At safety the Jets are starting a solid but not special vet in Dawan Landry, who turns 32 years old in december, along side sophmore Josh Bush who's only pulse on the stat line is his whopping 11 combined tackles. That combination of defensive backs hardly seems like a fearsome bunch. If there is anything about the 2013 Jets that should make you worry it should be their run D. I have a feeling pro-bowler Doug Martin will take care of that though.

They were ranked second in pass defense even without Revis. I wouldn't call that turmoil.

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« #8 : July 01, 2013, 04:55:57 PM »

Jets offense is a steaming Doloris post. Just hot garbage. Good defense or not, if the Bucs flounder in NY, call it the season and S will lose his job as will Dom, at the end of the year. Calling it now.


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« #9 : July 01, 2013, 05:36:14 PM »

I disagree with this article and the explanations to support it is poor.

Week 1 Jets. Turmoil, yes at QB. They still have a defense especially pass defense that every opponent should take seriously.



What makes you say they have a good pass defense? They will be starting rookie Dee Milliner week one opposite Antonio Cromartie, who couldn't even preform as good as Bucs 2012 rookie DB Leonard Johnson. At safety the Jets are starting a solid but not special vet in Dawan Landry, who turns 32 years old in december, along side sophmore Josh Bush who's only pulse on the stat line is his whopping 11 combined tackles. That combination of defensive backs hardly seems like a fearsome bunch. If there is anything about the 2013 Jets that should make you worry it should be their run D. I have a feeling pro-bowler Doug Martin will take care of that though.

They were ranked second in pass defense even without Revis. I wouldn't call that turmoil.

2nd?! Bah, dont make me laugh.  According to what? Some arbitrary YPG stat? YPG is so subjective it really shouldn't carry the weight that it does.
Points allowed is what matters, when it comes to winning games and the Jets' 375 isn't too far off from the Bucs' 394 points allowed on the season.

Don't agree? Take a look at the following top ten lists...

List A
Buccaneers
Saints
Redskins
Patriots
Giants
Dolphins
Titans
Browns
Vikings
Falcons

List B
Titans
Saints
Jaguars
Eagles
Raiders
Lions
Bills
Chiefs
Cowboys
Buccaneers


The difference? 40% of the teams under 'list A' -- top ten teams in passing yards allowed -- are playoffs teams. Conversely, 0% of the teams under 'list B' -- top ten teams in passing points allowed -- are playoff teams. Still think the Jets' pass defense is 'good'?


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« #10 : July 01, 2013, 05:53:16 PM »

Jets offense is a steaming Doloris post. Just hot garbage. Good defense or not, if the Bucs flounder in NY, call it the season and S will lose his job as will Dom, at the end of the year. Calling it now.

Boid,

You could very well be right. I consider it a "must" win if just for the psyche alone.

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« #11 : July 01, 2013, 06:19:52 PM »

Jets offense is a steaming Doloris post. Just hot garbage. Good defense or not, if the Bucs flounder in NY, call it the season and S will lose his job as will Dom, at the end of the year. Calling it now.

Lol, you bash a guy for the quality of his post and then hang the bucs season and schianos and doms jobs on a week 1 game. Brilliant.



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« #12 : July 01, 2013, 06:29:22 PM »

Losing to the Jets is inexcusable.

It simply...IS. The talent level of this Bucs team is pretty good, particularly offensively.  Snachez sucks. His wideouts are not giving Revis and company any nightmares.

They lose, Dom and S will lose their jobs in my opinion. The rationale being the Bucs will most likely flounder if they cannot scorch a team as awful and as mocked (particularly by people on this board) as the Jets.

That is my prediction if the Bucs get humiliated in a loss to a lowly Jets team, that is a complete smoldering ruin. Belly up.

Why so scared?


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« #13 : July 01, 2013, 07:26:00 PM »

Jets offense is a steaming Doloris post. Just hot garbage. Good defense or not, if the Bucs flounder in NY, call it the season and S will lose his job as will Dom, at the end of the year. Calling it now.



I agree with the B-man on this one.  Sure its only one game.  But it really sets the tone for the season  They should beat the Jets, even on the road.  And its always important to win the games you are supposed to win.   Hopefully they emerge from this 4 game stretch, 3-1


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« #14 : July 01, 2013, 07:26:08 PM »

At worst I think they start out 2 and 2. Losing to a bad team early in the year(jets d is still pretty good) means very little. Good teams lose to bad teams all the time in the NFL. As long as they don't lose too many of the "should win games" and steal a couple of "likely to lose" games, they should be in the playoffs.

Hinging the entire season or peoples jobs on a week one loss to a bad team is extremely overly dramatic. They could lose to the Jets and then win the next 4 and are heading into a week 7 matchup against the Falcons at 4-1. Their first 5 opponents all look beatable at this point and 2-3 teams look to be wins if they are improved over last year. Expecting them to bomb because they lose to one of those bad teams is extreme.



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