The Bucs have struggled in three prime-time match-ups so far this season, falling to the Bears in Week 5 and the Saints in Week 9, while narrowly escaping with a victory over the Giants in Week 8.
Head coach Bruce Arians announced on Monday that the team will be making adjustments to their practice schedule this week in an attempt to remedy the situation before Tampa Bay takes on the Rams next Monday night.
“We’re going to try practicing at that game time on Friday and Saturday night,” Arians said. “Do some more stuff actually Monday morning than we’ve been doing. We’ve got to do something and luckily we’ve got an indoor facility and we can work at night so we’re going to do that and hopefully get a better result to start a ball game at night.”
When asked why Arians thought the Bucs have struggled so much in their prime time games this year, he said that the team has practiced at a high level ahead of each game, so the schedule changes are just another way of trying to figure out where the problems are coming from.
“That’s one of the reasons we’re trying to (change practice up) because the week of practices were great,” Arians said. “What we’re trying to do now is to practice at night so we know when to rev it up and do a little more Monday morning stuff to hopefully get ready before the ball game and focus on getting to a better start. We haven’t started well in any of those ball games.”
Arians also added that he hasn’t seen anything specific in the team’s execution that would lead to their poor performances, just that they aren’t playing well under the lights.
“No, it’s just bad football,” Arians said. “Bad football, not ready to play.”
Tampa Bay’s Week 11 game against the Rams will be yet another chance to prove themselves on a national stage, the Bucs’ fourth of five total prime-time games in 2020.