The Cowboys are a national snooze. We all tend to think they are relevant but they haven’t been in years. Think about this for a second. When Tampa won their first super bowl, you know, 18 fucking years ago, it had been 6 years since the Cowboys won it all last. No one outside of Dallas gives a fuck about the Cowboys.
If Winston is the starter in NO, it’s the Saints. Otherwise it almost has to be the Pats.
I have to agree that NO at home makes sense. I would say some other NFC South opponent maybe, but NO seems the logical choice.
I disagree that there would be national interest in Winston’s return. The only fans that have cared about Winston in the past few years are Buc and Saints fans. At a national level he was headlines for throwing INTs and being suspended. So I don’t think Winston (assuming he’s NO’s starter) returning to TB makes that a must watch game.
Honestly, opening on the road @ NE is the biggest ratings draw for the NFL. So that won’t shock me.
I think Patriots vs Bucs would be to enticing not to have as the opener. Of course that would screw us again. If we don’t play them in the opener, then I see us playing them sometime during the holidays.
I think it’ll be the Saints, because that would be the highest possible ratings they would feel they could get for a season opener.
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I hope it’s the Bears or Saints. I’d be very surprised if Brees is back and Saints should be a different team after sorting out their cap.
Not that the Bucs need extra motivation but I think they come out for revenge vs both teams. I know they got revenge in the playoffs on the Saints but now that the bully script is flipped, Bucs will wanna crush them.
Wouldn’t mind seeing the Dolphins earlier in the season either. I think that team is on the rise (assuming Tua proves to be legit). I don’t think they are or will be better than the Bucs next year but would rather see them before they get cohesive as a unit.
I don’t know if it matters when we play the Dolphins. My good friend who has been a lifelong Dolphin fan feels he is the second coming of Marcus Mariota. He is afraid to take the shots or throw in tight windows. He said the contrast between him and Fitz was enormous. But if the game was on the line, he would have taken Fitz all day. He also was 100 percent behind trading back Houston’s picks, Tua, and another 1st next year for Deshaun Watson.