Mb Nfl Double Your First Deposit Football Team Vs Bucs Pewter 728x90 Jpg

Predicting outcomes of playoff games based on earlier season results is often a big mistake.

Just asks the Saints – and some Bucs fans – about that. The Bucs were thoroughly beaten twice in the regular season by New Orleans, they came out on top with a 30-20 playoff win last Sunday, surprising many.

This week Bucs  players were quite aware that despite a convincing 38-10 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 6, both teams are different than they were back in October.

Linebacker Lavonte David said that message is already being heard loud and clear.

Bucs LB Lavonte David

Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: USA Today

“We put that in people’s ears already. This is a whole different football team that we’re about to face and we’re a different team in our own right,” David said. “At the same time, this is a different stage and a different level. That was like Week [6] in October or whatever it was – that was a long time ago. We’ve got to put that past us. They’ve got a lot of weapons back. It’s going to be a different ballgame. A lot is at stake right here, so we’ve definitely got to forget about what happened that game the last time we played them and focus on the right now – that’s us getting better at practice today. When Sunday comes, we’ve just got to be able to execute at a very high level.”

Superstar wide receiver Mike Evans said his side of the ball is also different than in the previous matchup.

“I think we’re better offensively,” Evans said. “Our defense has been really good all year. I just think we’re better offensively. We’ve been getting more time in – that was our sixth game together with no preseason, [shorter] training camp [and] no OTAs. We’re just getting better and better each week as the season goes on. I just feel like we’re better offensively. Our defense has been strong all year.”

Rookie safety, Antoine Winfield Jr., who coaches have described as mature beyond his years, knows results from more than two months ago will have little bearing on this week’s contest.

“They still have a great offense. It’s the same offense, offensively,” Winfield said. “It is difficult to beat the same team twice, so we know going in that we really have to prepare well, practice well [and] make sure we’re still studying these guys extremely well because they have a great offense. Going into this game, that game before doesn’t matter anymore. The game last week [does not] matter anymore. We’ve just got to know to move forward and get ready to prepare to go out there and play these guys.”

While some think the Bucs will be at a significant disadvantage playing on the road in this rematch, quarterback Tom Brady looks forward to the challenge and trip to Lambeau Field.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“We’ve been pretty good on the road all year outside of the first game and the Chicago game,” Brady said. “For one reason or another, we’ve just done a good job. Some years it’s been like that. I’ve been a part of other teams where it wasn’t quite like that. Let’s keep that streak going – that would be pretty sweet. Let’s get another one.

“We’re going to be challenged to get it because we’re going up against a great football team. Playing on the road, it’s about good football, execution, communication, all the fundamentals, the blocking, tackling, throwing – all those things. It’s a great environment. This is one of the coolest stadiums in the league to play in. I know they’re excited, we’ll be excited, and it will make for a great football game.”

Head coach Bruce Arians was frank when asked about looking ahead to the Super Bowl if they win on Sunday.

“We don’t play that game this week – that’s the message to everybody,” Arians said. “We play the Packers in the NFC Championship game. If you start thinking about the Super Bowl, you get your ass beat and [will] be packing your bags on Monday.”

 

 

 

Share On Socials

About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
Subscribe
Notify of
25 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
10 months ago

Real tired of the “regular season doesn’t matter! we’re different!” narrative the media has switched to over the nonstop “66% oF tHe TiMe WhOeVeR sWePt ThE rEgUlAr SeAsOn WiNs ThE tHiRd MeEtInG” they shoved down our throats last week.
Same team, same personnel, minus Bakhtiari. They’re just clicking. Bucs however are up Antonio Brown and Vita Vea has potential difference makers.

^^mtn^^
^^mtn^^
Reply to  eaustinyoung
10 months ago

Whoever executes in this match up will win.
The O finally gelled towards the end of the season and both O & D are playing their best ball at the right time. In the playoffs, everyone starts with a clean slate.
Teams play their division games twice a season and can split or sweep. Again, this one will come down to execution. Both coaching staffs will have it together on this one.
^^mtn^^
since ’76

plopes808
plopes808(@plopes808)
Reply to  eaustinyoung
10 months ago

Agreed, I basically see them as the same team, minus a star lineman. Our team looks about the same on defense, but MUCH better on offense than in week 6. Both teams have been clicking, but I see us as a much more improved team since our last matchup.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
10 months ago

All teams are considerably different in late January than they are in October or November. Due to injuries, and simply playing together, and simply because everybody gets much more juiced over a playoff game than in any single regular season game. It’s either one more and done, or your season goes on. Much of the media chatter has been talking about changes in favor of the Packers, but I think that is driven mostly by the perception that everybody’s already handed the MVP trophy to Rodgers, and also by the decades of ingrained skepticism about the Bucs, even with the… Read more »

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

1000%. Those are the intangibles that Brady brings. Everyone always wants to shout how “Mahomes is more talented” or “Rodgers is more talented” when trying to figure out why Tom always wins. “More talented” is a non-statistic. Just like Brady’s poise and mental edge is. But it’s still a huge factor.

Last edited 10 months ago by eaustinyoung
plopes808
plopes808(@plopes808)
Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

Agreed 100%, my big question is why is everyone so quick to hand Patrick or Aaron the MVP trophy anyway? These teams were a playoff team and a Super Bowl team last year. Meanwhile, the Bucs hadn’t seen a playoff game in 12 years. Add in Brady, and we are in the NFC Championship game. So if you wanna compare which QB made the biggest difference this year, it’s the GOAT 100%

Spruce
Spruce(@mdb06074gmail-com)
Reply to  plopes808
10 months ago

Boy I could not disagree with that more. Brady was one piece in a puzzle that was orchestrated by the Bucs management to change the direction of the team. A large piece but A piece nonetheless. Fact his Brady has been very average mostly managing games with only two wins coming against winning record teams. That’s not an MVP year. It’s a solid year from a veteran QB that didn’t screw things up. You’re also kind of disrespecting that defense that truth be told won that game against the Saints while Brady was playing complimentary football not turning the ball… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  plopes808
10 months ago

I completely 100% agree! I know stats are what decides MVP’s. And Rodgers stats are just too good for him to be beaten for MVP. But when you really stop and think about it, it should go to Brady. Mahomes is on the same SB team he was on the last few years, and continuity was huge this year. Rodgers, has had the same team for the last handful of years. The only reason why he’s playing as well as he is….is because the team decided to ignore players that will help him win now, and instead drafted his replacement… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Dave
Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
10 months ago

I am so happy for all our guys that get to experience the not only the playoffs for the first time, but the NFC Championship game as well. No matter what, playing at this level, on this kind of stage, is nothing but great things for the confidence and experience of all our young guys. No matter what, this game provides them invaluable experience to have been there and done that before. Only good things come out of Sunday no matter what the outcome. Obviously winning and moving on is the best outcome and I know for a fact that… Read more »

SaskBucs
SaskBucs(@saskbucs)
Reply to  Spitfire
10 months ago

Hear! Hear!

cptsora
cptsora(@cptsora)
10 months ago

They’re both different teams, doesn’t mean Tampa isn’t gonna win again.

Last edited 10 months ago by cptsora
Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
10 months ago

Brady has won this game 9 times. 5 in the last 10 years. Rogers has won it 1 time 10 years ago and lost it 4 times. I’d say we have the best quarterback to get it done. When Brady lost recently it was to Denver when they had Manning that great defense. Green Bay does not have a better defense than the Saints. We have to make the plays and limit mistakes. We can win this

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
Reply to  Buc76
10 months ago

I genuinely do not think the Packers are a better team than the Saints.

Kramerica Industries
Kramerica Industries(@kramerica-industries)
Reply to  eaustinyoung
10 months ago

I think they are, and I think they clearly are in fact, but whether they’re the better team or not isn’t the same thing as whether they’re a tougher matchup or not. I would’ve given us better odds at beating the Packers than beating the Saints in a playoff game before the postseason began, but, if the Packers and Saints met, I would pick the Packers to win that game without much hesitation.

^^mtn^^
^^mtn^^
Reply to  Buc76
10 months ago

Agree 100% Buc’76.
And, nice hat!
I really miss ol’ McKay.
3 of my favorite quips:
“Can’t stop a pass, or a run…otherwise we’re in great shape”
“Capece is kaput” 
&
what do you think of the Bucs execution? “I’m all for it”
^^mtn^^
since ’76

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
Reply to  Buc76
10 months ago

Great point. Both us and the Packers didn’t play teams with great records most of the year but in the end ours finish ranking much higher against a seemingly stronger schedule. They beat up on an injured Rams team last week. I think our young guys had first playoff game jitters against Washington and were missing a Captain in White. Last Sun they came ready to demolish when they were counted out. That’s why I’m glad the “experts” are picking the Packers again. Now we can go in with our Defense hungry to prove them wrong again and the QB… Read more »

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
10 months ago

Here’s a few for ya

“We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.”
“Emotion is highly overrated in football. My wife Corky is emotional as hell but can’t play football worth a damn.”
On how coaching an expansion team is a religious experience: “You do a lot of praying, but most of the time the answer is ‘no.'”

^^mtn^^
^^mtn^^
Reply to  Buc76
10 months ago

Oh yes, absolutely! Forgot about those. Thanks!!!

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
10 months ago

Here’s one that fits the moment

“If a contest had 97 prizes, the 98th would be a trip to Green Bay.”

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Buc76
10 months ago

I remember all of those quips so well. One of my favorites was when McKay told Andy Hardy he didn’t know a football from a watermelon. When someone dropped off a watermelon at the old One Buc Place McKay said, “Next time I’ll say Andy doesn’t know a football from a Mercedes.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
10 months ago

I actually feel good about this team and I believe we’re going to the Super Bowl. We are getting healthier. I feel if Vea can get 20 snaps that would be a big help; same for Ledbetter.

Spruce
Spruce(@mdb06074gmail-com)
10 months ago

I guess the Bucs faithful are taking this as a some kind of disrespect for what they accomplished last time. Both teams are different. They’re both better. Both the defenses are clearly better. Both the offensive lines and running games are better. That’s what is going to make this game terrific. What defense, what offensive line and what running backs will impose their wills so the QB’s are freer to make magic in the passing game.

Dude
Dude(@dude)
Reply to  Spruce
10 months ago

I don’t think the Packers can say their O-line is better since they are without their star Left Tackle, Bakhtiari. Hopefully the Bucs can take advantage of this and get some much needed sacks off the right side of the D. Vea will help immensely with that. Go Bucs!

Spruce
Spruce(@mdb06074gmail-com)
Reply to  Dude
10 months ago

Very good point and if the Bucs were playing Brady it would be better yet. Rogers is just too good a selectively mobile premier QB. My view advantage in play but a game changer……..we’ll see.

Dude
Dude(@dude)
10 months ago

If any of you have seen Aaron Rogers in interviews this week, he’s been doing them while leaning back in his chair, being soft spoken, trying to look real calm in a very relaxed state with no worries whatsoever. It’s actually kind of odd when you look at it and it tells something more. From what I’ve noticed in the past this is not how he normally does interviews. So he’s trying to sell the viewers and his teammates on an idea that he has no concerns this week and they shouldn’t either. This over selling of body language actually… Read more »

Mb Nfl Double Your First Deposit Football Team Vs Bucs Pewter 728x90 Jpg