Sunday, October 13, 2019

Pewter Report Staff Picks: Week 3

Week 3 of the 2004 regular season is here, and Pewter Report writers Scott Reynolds, Jim Flynn and Leo Haggerty have picked their Week 3 winners and losers. Which Pewter Reporters picked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to down the Oakland Raiders on Sunday Night Football? Click here to find out.

Enemy Profile: Raiders

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will visit the Oakland Raiders in Week 3 of the regular season. Which team has the advantage on offense, defense and special teams heading into this nationally televised matchup? Want a prediction and some interesting facts and stats? Find out what to expect when the 0-2 Bucs and the 1-1 Raiders clash at McAfee Colisium on Sunday night.

Bucs-Raiders Injury Report

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be in good shape healthwise when they take the field on Sunday night in Oakland. Bucs long snapper/tight end Dave Moore is listed as probable with an elbow injury, and wide receiver/kick returner Frank Murphy is probable with a hamstring injury. has the Bucs-Raiders injury report.

Flynn’s Focus

Will three times be the charm for Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, whose offense has yet to reach the end zone through two games this season? Pewter Report managing editor Jim Flynn believes the answer to that question is yes, and he gives fans some evidence to support his notion that the Bucs will move the ball and enter the end zone against the Oakland Raiders and their vaunted 3-4 defense on Sunday night.

Bucs News And Notes: Wednesday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned to practice Wednesday, and has the latest news from One Buccaneer Place, including comments from Bucs quarterbacks Brad Johnson and Chris Simms, the latest Bucs-Raiders injury report and much more news and notes.

Tampa Bay Makes Several Practice Squad Moves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several changes to their practice squad Wednesday, signing former South Florida wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin and former C.W. Post running back Ian Smart. In order to make room for those two players, the Bucs released former USF WR Huey Whittaker and fullback Casey Moore from their taxi squad. In addition to his abilities as a wide receiver, Rubin excelled as a return specialist in college.

Bucs Sound Off On Sapp

While several former Raiders players get ready to make the trip back to Oakland, other Tampa Bay Buccaneers players are getting ready to face one of their former teammates -- seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Warren Sapp. has several Bucs players' thoughts on facing number 99.

SR’s Fab Five

SR's Fab Five is back with a hard-hitting, 2,800-word edition this week. Which Buccaneers player could get the axe when RB Michael Pittman returns next week? Aside from the offensive line, what is holding the Bucs' run game back? What are the real reasons why Jon Gruden is starting Brad Johnson this week over Chris Simms? When will Simms become Tampa Bay's starting QB? What play were the Bucs going to run on third-and-goal at the Seattle 1 before Simms fumbled? The answers to these questions, plus some inside scoop and analysis on Mike Alstott, Michael Clayton, Frank Murphy and the Bucs defense, are found in this can't miss SR's Fab Five.

In Johnson Gruden Trusts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden announced Monday that he will start quarterback Brad Johnson in Oakland on Sunday night. Johnson was benched at the beginning of the second quarter in favor of QB Chris Simms after the Bucs' offense got off to another slow start. Simms led the Bucs on two 71-yard scoring drives, but his effort wasn't enough to unseat Johnson as the starter.

Offensive Woes Won’t Prompt Bucs To Give In To McCardell’s Demands

What will it take for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to give in to wide receiver Keenan McCardell's contract demands? Apparently a 0-2 start and touchdownless offensive effort in the first two games of the 2004 regular season aren't going to get McCardell a new contract. Plus, other notes from One Buccaneer Place.