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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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]

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    Horse

    Scott and Mark, based on your strategy we will lose the game easily; Trevor, there’s some hope with your strategy. Based on the Coaches indicating we will establish a running game, we lose. Based on McCoy is injured and I doubt can go full throttle the whole game and fat boy Chris Baker will be taking a lot of oxygen on the sideline, we will lose without the help of the Offense. I so want the Bucs to win and I so hope I am wrong with this prediction: Giants beat us badly. If we win, I’m happy to take the blasting from some of you all, but I’ll still call them as I see them.

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    Bucnut2

    SR- I thought you wrote on Monday that the Bucs would not recover from last week’s loss and would go 1-3. I expected you to predict a loss this week. For me, I think the Bucs find a way to win this one at home. I agree that we MUST run the ball AND put pressure on Maning. Bucs win a squeaker provided the TO(#3) machine does not make an appearance.

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    RootsCrew

    Predictions:
    -Bucs sack Eli twice
    -Quizz/Barber run for 130 yards and 1 TD
    -Jameis throws 190 yards 2 TD’s and 1 INT
    -OJ gets his first TD
    -Eli throws 2 INT’s
    -OBJ torches our secondary for 115 yards and 2 TD’s
    -Late FG by Folk to win

    Bucs 27 Giants 24

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      Bucnut2

      I’ll take it

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    Garv

    You all know how useless I think “predictions” are, how utterly insignificant a “story” they are…. But I’ll “predict” this. If the Buccaneers cannot pressure Eli enough to get him off his game against this Giants OL? It’s over unless the Buccaneers can score 28 or more points And without a running game to help Jameis be effective? Well, let’s just type the season could be on the brink in six days with the Buccaneers sitting at 1-3.
    These piss poor starts to the season kill the Buc’s playoff chances year after year after year.
    So is this a big game? HELL yes it is. I “predict” the result is crucial to the rest of the season as far as making the playoffs is concerned.

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      Rut

      Well said. Maybe if we could start hot for once, we wouldn’t be under so much pressure to win games at the end of the year to make the playoffs. It seems like every year we have to “win out” to have a chance at the playoffs. Would be nice to see the Bucs come out and start strong for once.

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      Horse

      I agree with Garv.

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    seat26

    I want to be optimistic, but with both of our star Linebackers out and with a gimpy McCoy, Grimes, Spence, and Baker, I am worried. We don’t have a running game which means it is all on Winston. Is Brate out too? Yikes.

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    scubog

    I predict our stadium will be infested with blue jerseys chanting “Let;s go Giants” unless the “good guys” get on top and stay on top throughout the game.

    I predict Robert Ayers will have his best game as a Buccaneer then fade as the season progresses.

    I predict both teams will rely mostly on the arms of their QB’s and receivers because neither has a RB worth mentioning.

    I predict DRDneast begrudgingly stands for his country’s anthem like he has his entire life.

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    Buc 1976

    If Bucs run the ball well , D Jax stretches the field and we use our Tight Ends more. This will wear down NYG. Defense and the 4th QT. Should be the time we can control the game for a much NEEDED WIN.

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    chetthevette

    Trevor should have to WALK THE PLANK.
    O YE OF LITTLE FAITH.
    GO BUCS

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    matador

    This is a toss up. Sometimes JW’s turnovers will lose games for us, sometimes he’ll put the team on his back and carry us to a win. We essentially bet on him doing more of the latter than the former when we drafted him. This is a winnable game, one we may need to preserve our chances of a winning season given what lies ahead. He has the arm, the desire and the receivers… It’s go time!!!

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