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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. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    macabee

    Just for the record, out of blind faith and unmitigated loyalty, I always pick the Bucs, even when common sense suggest otherwise. Score doesn’t matter, just win baby, just win! lol.

    Everybody and their uncle is picking the Bucs to win. Good omen or bad, you decide.

    If you’re interested and want to see who’s on the bus and who’s not, every Saturday before game day I hit this link. Saves going from site to site to see who your favorite pundits are picking.

    http://nflpickwatch.com/

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      Randy H.

      That’s a great page!! Did you notice the majority of writer’s who picked the Aint’s are in the bottom half of the yearly pick percentage?

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    chetthevette

    If a game like this worries me, I hope that it worries Koetter also. Drew Brees has been a pain for us to contain.
    Like Mac I always select the BUCS to win. I did not want to pick the BUCS over Chiefs or the Seahawks. But I did, mainly just not to jinx them.
    To me this an easy game plan. Run run run. Brees can’t beat you if he can’t get on the field. Of course every body knows this. So what should be an easy game plan turns out to be not so easy.
    If ever there was a case to play BUC ball, this is it. Brees is going to score, just a fact. But if we can maybe slow him down a bit there will be an opportunity to win.

    I think today Hargraves gets his first pick.
    Doug and Quizz combine for 150 yards.
    LVD gets another splash play.

    Looking for GMC to crush the pocket and our DE’s getting 4 sacks.
    Of course these things might not happen. then it’s gutsy football BUC style.
    BUCS WIN 28-24
    GO BUCS

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    RootsCrew

    I always hate playing Brees. Ever since he arrived in New Orleans, he’s just had our number. I have confidence in our boys though. They are playing with great confidence and belief in each other. With Conte out again, we need another solid game out of Tandy. I think our run game finally shows back up this game and keeps the ball away from Brees. Jameis and Mike reconnect in a big way to shred the Saints.

    Bucs 31

    Saints 27

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      Naplesfan

      Brees has beaten the Bucs so often because the Bucs have been bad.

      Now the Bucs aren’t bad. Different result.

      by the way, I used to love to play the Packers back in the old NFC Central when Brett Favre was winning lots of games and awards. When he beat us like a drum, it was because we just weren’t that good … but after Tony Dungy made us a winner again, then we were also competitive with Favre. Just absolutely loved the twice-a-season Favre vs. Sapp competition.

      In the same way, can’t wait to face the Boys next weekend … nobody expects us to win that game .. so we should go out and win it!

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        RootsCrew

        I loved the old NFC Central too. I wish we still had those rivalries. Yeah Bucs had some bad teams, but Brees was elite. He’s still elite this year. He can easily go for 300+ 3 tD’s on us tomorrow. We’re on a good path toward being competitive. Winning games like this will be just another step on that path. I’m excited for it.

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    Horse

    I predict we win too, but I believe it will be because of our defense and our run game; therefore it should be a low scoring game. Go Bucs! Oh by the way PR, it would be our 8th win as we are 7-5, not 6-5.

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    Naplesfan

    Have to pick the Bucs, and keep doing so until they give us a good reason to stop.

    I don’t think this will be a high scoring game, our D will keep it down to low 20s or teens … Bucs 31-Saints 20

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    seat26

    I am a bellwether for making bad picks. So in the spirit of being a Bucs fan from the Team’s inception and wanting them to succeed, I am hoping my bad pick trend will continue when I say that the bucs will lose. Saint’s offense will prove too much for Bucs, and they will be over confident because the drum beat has moved away from the weekly fan bashing of the Defense. Defense will fight hard, but its weaknesses will be exposed. Our offense will fight gallantly but Martin will be stymied and Winston will have a rare off game.

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      Bucnut2

      I hope you are wrong, but this scenario clearly could happen

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    chetthevette

    Please don’t throw me into the briar patch.

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    Bucnut2

    I’ll make my picks for the rest of the season now. We win this week, lose to the cowgirls, lose to the saints in NO and beat the Panthers. We narrowly miss the playoffs but make GREAT progress. We are one more draft away from being a playoff team. Go Bucs.

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    jshumaker

    31-10 Bucs. The Saints are not a good team and the Bucs have the look of an emerging dynasty. For the past 4 games, the defense has played at a level that can take a team to a Super Bowl. On offense, is there any doubt in Jameis’s ability to handle the pressure of a road playoff game? I know the Bucs did not start the season off well, but all of the experts say that the season doesn’t really begin until Thanksgiving. I would argue that the Bucs have been the most complete team for the past 4 weeks. I believe they are going to prove it next week and beat the Cowboys.

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      Bucnut2

      The Saints are a VERY dangerous team. You are never not a good team when you have a future HOF QB. This is the kind of thing I am worried about, us doing what we did after the first game of the year, getting too high on a team that is good but may not be playoff ready yet. I hope you are correct, but think you may be overestimating us and underestimating the Saints.

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        Naplesfan

        Sorry, the Saints aren’t the Chiefs or the Pats or the Raiders or the Hawks. They score a lot of points, but they also give up a lot of points (2nd highest PA in the league), and they don’t have a win this season over a quality opponent (i.e., any opponent with a .500 record or better to date).

        They’re not nothing, they can certainly beat the Bucs if we don’t show up. But don’t make them out to be great – they’re not.

        Our Bucs simply need to keep on doing what we’ve been doing the last month, and we’ll get a win. The Bucs are better than the Saints.

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    VaBeachBucsFan

    I know I can’t predict the score or the nuances of this game but one thing is for certain… Brent Grimes will get beat again for a long TD. And other than that he will play great

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      Naplesfan

      Brees loves the long ball, they’re a big play offense … no backfield can blank Brees if he gets time to throw on multiple long throws. The best way to beat Brees is to keep the pressure on him from the line and with a reasonable amount of blitzing. Even then he’ll still make at least a couple or three long bomb throws that make it to the end zone. Doesn’t matter who is in the backfield.

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    Bucnut2

    Just realized I used double negative in last post. Too much alcohol.

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    Garv

    I “predict” I’ll be there for what might be the biggest home game since the 49er playoff game in the 2002 Super Bowl season. It’s going to be a blast and wild guesses as to the final score are as relevant to the outcome as is the choice of which jersey to wear to the game.

    But hell, if you believe these wild guesses are relevant? Be right MFers, be RIGHT!

    And if you’re going tomorrow, lets make some NOISE!

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    CDNBUCSFAN

    Good point Garv, and for those of us cheering from afar, PLEASE make RJS loud! When I could hear how loud it was vs. SEA on my tv, I was so happy. I always turn it up just a little louder when we get into the red zone and then of course in to the end zone so that I can hear that cannon fire. Like the guy “Alex” in the old Bud Light commercial says, “I want to fire the cannons!”. Brees will inflict some damage, but I like our field general in this one and #jaboowins.

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    fredster

    All the predictions above have us winning and putting up 30? I hope we win, but we haven’t put up 30 in long time. Hoping d holds Saints to around 20 and we win like 23-20 or something like that. We should win if we play like we have but thins game worries me some. Saints aren’t as scary out of their Dome though.

    I hope we go into Dallas and shock the world. Tired of the media and hearing about how awesome Dallas is. Last two weeks they barely squeaked out wins. Bucs can beat them.

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    fredster

    I lost my voice against Seahawks and I plan to lose it today as well!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!

    Lets rock that frigging place again!!!!

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    XpfcWintergreen

    Here is my version of fantasy football:

    I would like to see Evans get 2 touchdowns,Brate, Shephard and Martin, 1 each. I would love to see that rookie get his first pick off Brees. (You know, the guy someone wants to nickname “the Joker”.)

    Go Buucssss!!!!!!! Go Fans!!! 12th Man and couch potatoes too!

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