If the Bucs are fired up about getting a second crack at a team that spanked them in front of a nationally televised audience seven weeks ago, they’re not exactly letting on about it.
The general consensus around Tampa Bay’s locker room this week is that the 1-7 team’s more concerned with simply winning a football game than getting revenge.
“I don’t think about that,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said of what happened in Week 3. “Coach [Lovie Smith] said it leaves a scar with you; it does. All of us have scars. When you look at a scar you just remember, ‘Aw dang, I got this scar from this happening.’ That’s how we look at it.
“Atlanta’s been doing what they’ve been doing that gives them success in certain areas. But then they’ve been doing a lot of things that we see and can try to expose. Same thing with us. We’ve been focusing on what we have to do better, even starting from last week against Cleveland. It’s not really anything of looking back at the last game [against Atlanta] and what they did.”
Left guard Logan Mankins, a Buccaneer that’s been more accustomed being on the other side of blowouts during his first nine pro seasons in New England, said the approach stays the same week in and week out, but that there at least should be a little extra fire Sunday.
“It’s another game, but it’s a big game for us,” he said. “We’re trying to get on track here. It’s fresh on my mind. As soon as you watch that game again and see how poorly we played, it should spark something in there.”
Center Evan Dietrich-Smith, typically not one to mince words, said he does want to atone for the Week 3’s poor showing but stuck to the team-wide mantra.
“When you get blown out you’re going to remember those games because they suck,” he said. “It’s not fun to be a part of that kind of stuff, but it’s something that happens. So if you get a chance to do something about it you always want to do something about it. This time around we want to make sure the outcome is different. That’s pretty much all we’re trying to think around here.”
“revenge is a dish best served cold” – Buc Mafioso
Let’s hope the mood is one of standing up to the bully who beat them down and not continue to cower down. There’s little doubt that the Falcons will come in here thinking this game will put them back on track and perhaps be a little over-confident. It sure would be nice to leave the stadium without seeing the opponents fans high-fiveing each other for a change.
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