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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    buclover1988

    Mariota vs winston right off the bat?

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    e

    Winston vs Mariota, please. I’m assuming that the Titans will trade out of the #2 and pick up a few picks for Mariota, myself. Cleveland is the latest rumored team to trade up for Mariota. I think they would be making the standard “Cleveland epic fail move” to trade up for Mariota. They’d be better off trading for Glennon and letting him compete with Manziel. Cleveland is not known as the bastion of QB development. e

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      deeznuts

      We aren’t exactly known for QB development either…. Josh Freeman holds most of our records. the browns have won more games in the last 3years than we have. Between Raheem Morris, Schiano, and now Lovie/Licht we have made equally as many, if not more, “cleveland epic fail moves”. Sorry- I’m from Cleveland

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    magoobee

    This is probably the best and fairest evaluation of Winston.

    http://analyticsgame.com/nfl/jameis-winston-behind-numbers.html

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    pinkstob

    %@$dammit why are they still putting our September home games in the afternoon? I want it hot as hell out there for our opponents. Plus in the afternoon it’s more likely to rain. We had a rain delay last year against the Rams and the year before against the Saints. Both times we lost our momentum and our opponent got the lead after the rain delay and won the game.

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      Morgan

      no one wants to sit out in the heat – there’s no proof that heat hurts our opponents – have you seen the Bucs win in Sept over the last several seasons?

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        pinkstob

        Morgan, we’ve won several games in September over the last several seasons. We won our home opener in 2012 against Carolina although I don’t remember what time kickoff was in that game. I know in 2010 our home opener was against the Browns, we won and that kickoff was at 1:00p. I know we’ve won other games in September, but I can’t remember them all off the top of my head I just generally remember the ones I attended and when the kickoff time was since I have to travel all the way back to south Florida afterwards.

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      e

      Pink – They didn’t get the lead because of the weather; they got the lead because we didn’t have a QB to close out a game.

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        pinkstob

        E, defenses close out a game once you have the lead, not QB’s.

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      scubog

      I think so too Pink. The hotter the better. I’ve sat in those stands for 39 years but I’m not sure it has ever given us an advantage. I always wanted the organization to put a huge thermometer facing our opponent. Psychological warfare.

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    Morgan

    5-11

    Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, 4:25 p.m. – Tennessee Titans WIN
    Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:00 p.m. – at New Orleans Saints LOSE
    Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, 1:00 p.m. – at Houston Texans LOSE
    Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, 1:00 p.m. – Carolina Panthers WIN
    Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m. – Jacksonville Jaguars WIN
    Week 6: Bye week
    Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 25, 1:00 p.m – at Washington WIN
    Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, 1:00 p.m. – at Atlanta Falcons LOSE
    Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:05 p.m. – New York Giants LOSE
    Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m. – Dallas Cowboys LOSE
    Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, 1:00 p.m. – at Philadelphia Eagles LOSE
    Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, 1:00 p.m. – at Indianapolis Colts LOSE
    Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m. – Atlanta Falcons WIN
    Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, 1:00 p.m. – New Orleans Saints LOSE
    Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 17, 8:25 p.m. – at St. Louis Rams LOSE
    Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. – Chicago Bears LOSE
    Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. – at Carolina Panthers LOSE

    5-11

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    Horse

    I’d wait to see what holes we fill in the next two weeks before picking wins/losses. Scary that Buc Staff feel comfortable with what we have right now. Right now L & L have to step up and hit home runs this year.

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      Morgan

      The mediocrity of Lovie Smith tells me enough to predict many of our losses.

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    scubog

    Morgan: Think any of our opponents is marking their game against the Bucs as a loss?

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      Morgan

      None of them are – so realistically with Lovie Smith’s poor coaching this team could repeat w/ 2-14, but with an OC this season, we might pull off a few….thus 5-11.

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    georgehicks

    Look at week 9 &10 they play at HOME va Giants and the Cowboys. I believe both games will be sold out and the true bucs will shine. With new players and good draft choices. I believe James Winston will be the difference. Can you imagine if Winston does win here like at FSU if Winston id the pick.Go Bucs

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      Morgan

      Most of the sold out games will have an equal number of opponent fans as Bucs fans……makes for a miserable experience for us season ticket holders as we witness our crappy team get humiliated while opponent fans celebrate in our house.

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