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November 10, 2013 @ 7:26 pm
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Bucs' Five Keys To Victory Vs. Dolphins

Written by Gil
Gil Arcia


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Will the Bucs be able to get pressure on Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill? Can the Bucs learn from mistakes from a week ago so that they are not doomed to repeat them? PewterReport.com lists the five keys to victory that can help Tampa Bay win on Monday night.
The Buccaneers will play host to the Miami Dolphins on Monday night in front of an already announced sellout crowd. This is a game in which the outcome can sway in either direction depending on who makes the most mistakes.

The following keys to victory can help Tampa Bay avoid embarrassment in front of a nationally televised audience and in front of a sold out home crowd.

1. Continue The Vet-Like Play
Since Mike Glennon’s first start, he has thrown seven touchdowns and just one interception in the last four contests, while posting a 94.6 quarterback rating. Last week at Seattle, Glennon almost led the Bucs to an upset victory and again showed signs of maturing as a quarterback.

Glennon has showed good awareness of when to throw the football, and at times he has even shown great awareness in the pocket by feeling the pressure and scramble out of trouble and make something out of nothing. Against the Dolphins’ 22nd ranked pass defense, Glennon should be able to exploit lapses in Miami’s pass coverage – which is the lowest ranked pass defense he has faced since his first start in Week 4 when Arizona was then ranked 26th.

2. Get To Tannehill
Pressure from the Buccaneers pass rush has declined since coming back from the bye week. Overall, Tampa Bay has failed to get to the quarterback consistently. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy leads NFL defensive tackles in quarterback hits with nine but has only recorded two sacks which came before the bye week. 

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill has hit the ground quite a few times this season. The Dolphins’ offensive line has given up 35 sacks this season which is worst in the league. The line is also heading into Monday night with lots of story lines surrounding it due to the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin fallout. This could be the game where not only McCoy but the rest of the Bucs’ defensive line finally gets to the quarterback several times.

3. Jackson Has To Get Going
The Bucs’ top receiver Vincent Jackson leads the team in receptions and in receiving yards, and is on pace for a 1,000-yard season. The problem is he has been unable to haul in some receptions on crucial plays for first downs. In other words, he has been inconsistent.

Defenses have been playing him differently as of late. Jackson has seen more double teams and defensive backs alter his routes as well leading to Glennon going elsewhere. Jackson could have a big game as he has the height advantage over Miami’s Brent Grimes, who will likely be covering Jackson throughout the night.

4. Secondary Needs To Be Defensive
Tampa Bay has been able keep team’s top receivers locked down for the most part of the season as far as yard production is concerned. Part of that reason is due to the presence of Darrelle Revis but the likes of Doug Baldwin, Ted Ginn, and Harry Douglas have all had their ways with the Bucs’ defensive backfield. 

The Buccaneers need to be able to prevent a potential passing attack from Miami and remember that Mike Wallace’s only game against the Bucs (2010) he had 3 catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. While it may be unlikely history repeats itself, the Dolphins’ have other receivers like Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson that can take advantage of the attention given to Wallace – and as stated previously, it’s the other options the Bucs have struggled covering.

5. Don’t Get Away From What Has Worked
It happened last week against the Seattle Seahawks. The Buccaneers played exceptional football in the first half but was noticeably different in the second half. The running game and defensive pressure they succeeded with was no longer there to close the game out and leave with a victory. This game against the Dolphins can turn into something quite similar.

If running the football is working, keep doing it. If blitzing linebackers and defensive ends are causing disruption is working, keep doing it. Whatever it may be that is called for the players to run on the field is working, the coaching staff can not get away from it. The players were put in position to win the game last week but fell short due to a change in the second half. The Bucs’ coaches should see what worked in Seattle and carry it over into the week. The question is, will the staff apply it.

PewterReport.com Predictions
Gil Arcia (3-5): Dolphins 23, Buccaneers 17
Mark Cook (3-5): Buccaneers 23, Dolphins 20
Scott Reynolds (6-2): Buccaneers 24, Dolphins 20
Last modified on Monday, 11 November 2013 11:04

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    Can we please just win one at least!
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    Schiano is too thick headed to change his bone headed ways. And Sheridan will still be putting Revis in a zone most of the game too. If the Bucs are going to win they need to ignore the second half calls and improvise their own Offense and Defense and follow their Leaders on the Field. If Peyton Manning is to be the example for Glennon because Glennon defitnitely is smart, then he needs to be directing his Offense himself just like Peyton. It will give Schiano a heart attack, but if Glennon did pull it off, you can bet Schiano would be right up at the podium taking the credit for the win and telling the press that he told them he was going to turn it around, blah, blah, blah. Ignoring the Coaching calls is the only key to winning in this game.
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    I'm with you GA. With Schiano not making proper in game adjustments there isn't a team in the NFL we can't find a way to lose to. We are not going to win this game tonight.
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    Prediction: Dolphins 31 Bucs 14
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    If we don't win this game, I doubt even the most up beat fan will have to admit that change is needed. We should beat Miami easily. With 40% of their OL missing, I would expect a blitz on that side constantly. The dink and dunk pass works for us with a slant throw and deep throw every now and then. Go Bucs! Get this win! Time to honor Sapp; he was a great player despite his mood swings.
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    Losing to a Dolphins team with this type of circus surrounding them would only cement us as the laughing stock of the 2013 season. A team that struggled protecting the QB even when healthy is without two of their better starters on an average OL. Tannenhill should see constant pressure this game and this is also the game Bowers needs step up and gain some confidence or ride off into the sunset with Schiano. While Schiano's job is lost there are a few players playing for their jobs and he certainly is one of them. We ruined the 2002 Championship celebration last year with a loss to Philly, come on Schiano buck up one last solid performance so that all isn't lost in this awful season! Its time to let whatever is left in the tank out and coach to win a game. After all sitting on your thumbs late has only gotten us loss after loss, grow as a coach and make a damn adjustment!
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