The Buccaneers will enter the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Sunday as 11 point underdogs. Combine that with the fact they’re playing a divisional rival – one that’s beaten them the last 7 of 8 times – and you realize what a rebounding victory in Week 2 could do for the team’s confidence.
“We’re right back on track with a win this week – it’s as simple as that,” head coach Lovie Smith said after practice Friday. “It’s early in the year. There are a lot of things we haven’t done (record of .500), but a chance to come back 1-1 and have the only division win, that would be big for us and we realize that.”
After watching the film of last Sunday’s dreadful opener, Smith said the good news was that all their mistakes – and there were a lot – were correctable moving forward. Now, after a full week of practice since the 42-14 loss, Smith believes it’s time to put their money where their mouth is Sunday.
“Confident, but we need to play the game – that’s the only way,” Smith said about finding out if mistakes are corrected. “Me saying what we’ve done and what we need to do doesn’t really matter an awful lot.
“Again, when you play like that you want another opportunity, another chance. We have that chance against a good opponent. And to get a win on the road would make us feel a lot better. We can have a short memory if we win this week.”
It’s still very early in the 2015 season, but if there’s such thing as a must-win Week 2 game, this has to be it.
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.
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What mistakes are not correctable?
LOL Embrace to sux
Seems I heard that same song last year. We need a new band leader.
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Well Coach is right. I hope we have memory loss. Go Bucs!
I watched that game again myself and it was tough. Seen the highlights on NFL Network.
Here’s the thing, Maritotta didn’t throw a pass much further than 10 yards and they were all short timing routes.
It was like Whisenhut watched the Ravens game from last year and went after the team that way.
Once again our defense was slow to react.
Our corners have to start jamming these receivers at the line and quit playing so passive.
If we are in Cover 2 they have two safeties back there for help in case they get beat for gawds sake.
The Saints are a beatable team, a player on the defense needs to light a fire under that unit.
Saw that 11 point line myself. Made the bet. I never bet against my team.
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