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December 22, 2013 @ 10:28 am
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Five Keys To Victory: Bucs Vs. Rams

Written by Mark
Cook
Mark Cook

Mark
Cook

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The Bucs will try and get win No. 5 on Sunday in St. Louis as they will take on the Rams at 1 p.m. What things can the Bucs to do to help themselves in getting to 5-10 on the season? Check out PewterReport.com's Five Keys To Victory.
Tampa Bay will take on the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday looking for their fifth win of the season before closing out the season next week in New Orleans. What can the Bucs do to help increase their chances of coming back to Tampa Sunday night sitting at 5-10? Find out what Mark Cook thinks in the Five Keys To Victory.

1. Create Space For Rainey
The offensive line, once was thought to be the strength of the team, has turned into the most disappointing unit. Excuses have been made about missing Carl Nicks, and Davin Joseph still recovering from an injury, but the fact is, it is Week 15 and the excuses just don’t cut it anymore. It is time to step up and make a statement against a formidable defensive line. Tampa Bay cannot win on Sunday against the Rams without have at the very least a functional running game. Take away Bobby Rainey's 80-yard run against the Bills two weeks ago and Rainey is averaging less than 2.5 yards per carry over the last three games. That won't cut it in the NFL, and certainly more is expected from a veteran, highly-paid offensive line.

2. Keep Quinn Quiet
The secondary in St. Louis can be attacked as they rank in the bottom in pass defense. The question is, will Glennon have time to find open receivers? Robert Quinn has 15 sacks this season and also has created seven fumbles. Donald Penn said it this week in open locker room; he had his worst game of the season last week against the 49ers and is looking forward to redeeming himself. On Sunday in St. Louis, Penn will get his shot.

3. Someone Step Up
The fans all season have heard about the Bucs young receivers and their ability. As pointed out in the first key, it is Week 15, so what are you waiting on? If Tiquan Underwood and Skye Dawson want to have job in the league next season, Sunday’s game will give them a tremendous opportunity to put it on film. The Bucs need someone, anyone other than Vincent Jackson to step up at the wide receiver position. Blame offensive Mike Sullivan all you want, but take Jackson off the roster, and what other skill position player would start for any other team in te league right now?

4. Play With Emotion
It is very easy at this point in the season, with little to play for, to just go out and do the bare minimum and start allowing yourself to daydream about the offseason trip to the Bahamas or wherever the vacation will take place this year. WR Vincent Jackson told PewterReport.com that he as a leader will keep that from happening and that the Buccaneers will come out and play with emotion on Sunday against the Rams. And if the players are behind head coach Greg Schiano, as they say they are, they need to go out and prove it by beating a beatable team. Schiano could certainly use a win or two down the stretch to secure his job.

5. Do Your Job
One of my favorite Schiano sayings is something he screams all the time, “Do Your Job!” At first you think it a silly and juvenile command but in all honesty it is exactly what the players need to hear over and over. The mantra has even found its way inside the walls of the locker room. A number of players have referenced it this year when describing the success and failures of the team. On Sunday, if everyone can just “Do Their Job” and not freelance, improvise or try and be a hero, the Buccaneers have a great chance of getting their fifth win of the season against St. Louis.

PewterReport.com Prediction: Bucs 22, Rams 17

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    No dice on any of the five keys. Anyone think Schiano or Glennon is the answer needs to take a close look at this game. Cannot win in the NFL with a run first team ! We need a QB that can throw the deep ball with some speed at WR.
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    Too bad our offensive scheme is so predictable.
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    We had nothing to play for, and still our game plan was Rainey up the middle for 2, Rainey right tackle for -1, Rainey left tackle for 2, punt. I don't think Glennon is the answer, but if your job security was on the line, you might as well give him a chance. But when has our game plan been good this year?
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    Late game collapse strikes again. Poor Penn was looking for a good game against Quinn. No dice.
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    Hopefully today's play calling/execution will be better. We scored first and defense was stout until the trick play. I like our chances once our guys settle back in after the sting. Go Bucs!!!
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    Mark; those are some big wishes. I hope Christmas comes early for you. Realistically, I don't think we have much of a chance unless we finally get a lot of luck on our side. Coach will find a way unfortunately to screw it up. I see the Rams winning 30-16.
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