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BUCCANEERS at COLTS

WHEN: Sunday, November 28, 2021 | WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium | KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. ET | TV: FOX

PLAY-BY-PLAY: Kevin Burkhardt |ANALYST: Greg Olsen | SIDELINE: Pam Oliver

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98 ROCK 97.9 FM | PLAY-BY-PLAY: Gene Deckerhoff | ANALYST: Dave Moore | SIDELINE: T.J. Rives

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Scott Reynolds: Bucs Aren’t The Road Warriors They Need To Be

The Bucs rebounded nicely at home, beating the Giants, 30-10, on Monday Night Football. The key parts of that last sentence are “at home,” where Tampa Bay is a perfect 5-0 this season. On the road, it’s been a different story. The Bucs are 2-3 on the road and didn’t play that well in their two wins at New England and Philadelphia. I just don’t trust this team to play away from Raymond James Stadium yet. They need to prove me wrong, and I hope they do.

Bucs LB Lavonte David and WFT RB Antonio Gibson Arians

Bucs LB Lavonte David and WFT RB Antonio Gibson – Photo by: USA Today

At home, the Bucs are averaging over 38 points per game. They are world-beaters. On the road, the Bucs are mere mortals, averaging just over 23 points per game. Averaging less than two touchdowns per game on the road is just not good enough to win. The Colts defense is good, but not great. Yet the Bucs have been their own worst enemy with penalties and turnovers, which have hurt their cause.

Tampa Bay’s No. 1 ranked run defense will be challenged by Indianapolis’ offensive line and run game, which will be the best the Bucs have faced all year. The Bucs will need to get stops for no gain or negative yards to get Indianapolis into third-and-long situations. If they can slow down Jonathan Taylor and hold him to less than 75 yards, the Bucs will win if they can force Carson Wentz to beat them. If Taylor goes for 100 yards or more on the ground and wears down Tampa Bay’s defense, expect the Bucs to fall to 2-4 on the road.

Reynolds’ Score Prediction: Colts 27, Buccaneers 24
Reynolds’ Season Record: 7-3

Jon Ledyard: Match-up Favors The Bucs On Paper

I respect the run that the Colts are on. They are a tough team in both trenches, extremely well-coached and incredibly opportunistic. Indianapolis leads the NFL in turnovers created and is sixth-best at not turning the ball over. Combine that with a ferocious rushing attack and a few random big plays through the air, and the Colts have won five of six in impressive fashion. But they’ve also done so while getting very little from the quarterback position. As soon as that changes, won’t they get exposed?

Bucs NT Vita Vea

Bucs NT Vita Vea – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

I believe they will be. The question becomes, will that happen this week or not? The Bucs clearly have the ability to shut down the run, as evidenced by their league-leading run defense for the third straight season. Right now, the Colts are churning out 148 yards per game on the ground. If the Bucs allow that kind of production, it’ll be a long game. But right now Tampa Bay is surrendering just 78 yards per game on the ground. When the Bucs set out to stop the run, nobody has gashed them consistently enough to win since Todd Bowles arrived in 2019.

So I think Carson Wentz will have to make plays to keep Indy alive. Can he do that and still avoid turnovers and sacks? The career sample size is cause for skepticism, but Wentz has been relatively mistake-free this season. On offense, the Bucs will be challenged, but I can’t see Indy getting enough pressure to shut them down. For the Bucs to lose this one, they’ll need to beat themselves a good bit once again. That’s always a possibility, but I’m betting they come out intent on ending their road woes.

Ledyard’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 26, Colts 17
Ledyard’s Season Record: 9-1

Matt Matera: Bucs Show They Can Win Big Games On The Road Again

The Bucs have not been the best on the road this season with a 2-3 record in away games. The timing doesn’t help playing the Colts where they are on one of the hottest runs in football and coming off a dominating win against the Buffalo Bills. With that said, styles make fights, and the way this one sets up helps out the road team.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

For all the issues the Bucs have had, last week’s win showed they’re putting it behind them. While not 100 percent healthy, they’re getting closer and have already seen improvements with Rob Gronkowski and Sean Murphy-Bunting back. Offensively, the best thing they could do is jump out to a two-possession lead early. Now that Tampa Bay has at least a third option in the passing game with Gronkowski it makes it very difficult to stop them completely. The Bucs should play up-tempo to get the Colts off their game.

We all know the Colts are going to run the ball with Jonathan Taylor, and that directly plays into the Bucs’ hands. Everyone also knows that the Bucs have the best run defense in the NFL. They’re hopefully getting Vita Vea back this week and it’s the perfect opponent to play against. The Bucs should welcome the Colts to run the ball, they won’t have the success they’ve had against another team. Devin White has been trending up lately, and he’s still at his best stopping the run. Let the Bucs get out to the lead and force the Colts to rely on Carson Wentz to bring them back in the game. The chances of that aren’t exactly likely, and the Bucs prove to the rest of the league that they can still win important road games.

Matera’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Colts 17
Matera’s Season Record: 7-3

J.C. Allen: Bucs Turn The Tide On Road Woes

The Bucs have struggled putting points on the board on the road all season. That will need to change if they’re to beat the Colts in Indianapolis. Tampa’s 23 points scored when away from Raymond James, matches Indy’s 23 points allowed when at home. Coincidentally the Bucs nearly 28 points allowed on the road, matches the Colts scoring output when at home. They’ll need to switch those numbers.

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Two big factors will play into this away game that haven’t in recent road games. The return of Sean Murphy-Bunting to the secondary and Rob Gronkowski on offense. The theme at the AdventHealth training facility has been getting off to a hot start and that will be key this Sunday. The Colts present plenty of match up problems for the Bucs including a league high +15 turnover differential.

On Defense the impending return of Vita Vea will help to stop the leagues hottest rushing attack led by Jonathan Taylor. That’s exactly what the Bucs should focus on doing. Take away the run game and make the Colts one dimensional and dare Carson Wentz to beat you through the air. If they can be successful at that and put points on the board early there’s no reason the Bucs shouldn’t win this game.

Allen’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Colts 17
Allen’s Season Record: 7-3

Paul Atwal: Bucs End Taylor’s MVP Hype

The Colts are a solid team, sure. But if the Bucs don’t shoot themselves in the foot – which is a huge if – it should be a smooth-sailing win. For all of the recent Jonathan Taylor hype, it’s still passing efficiency above all else that decides NFL games. And when it comes to airing it out, Carson Wentz is still Carson Wentz – just with lower volume. The Colts have the 13th-ranked passing attack by EPA/play, tucked between the Raiders and Bengals. Respectable, but that’s it. Further, while the Colts have the best ground game in the league, the Bucs – with Vita Vea back in action – will hold up just fine. In fact, if the Colts are one of the few teams who think they can run the ball against the Bucs, that’ll be a win for Todd Bowles.

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor

Colts RB Jonathan Taylor – Photo by: USA Today

Defensively, the Colts are a bottom-third team at stopping the pass. Even though the Bucs’ offense can get clunky without Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski’s return goes a long way. Especially with the way Byron Leftwich utilized first-down passing and tempo last week, this unit might be ready to take a huge step forward.

At this point, I’m not convinced that the Bucs’ home/road disparity is signal rather than noise, either. Does that mean I’m 100 percent confident that the Bucs will win? No. It’ll take a lot to regain that sort of confidence after the Washington loss. But unless Tampa Bay’s pass rush goes back to being nonexistent while the offense continues to turn easy catches into drop-interceptions, expect the defending Super Bowl champions to take care of business.

Atwal’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Colts 21
Atwal’s Season Record: 8-2

Kasey Hudson: Bucs Slip By Colts On The Road

Better execution on both sides of the ball placed Tampa Bay back in the winning column. Sunday, versus the Colts is where the Buccaneers ability to be consistent will be tested. While most people are focused on the Colts annihilating the Bills, the Colts have had multiple quality performances against tough teams. This game will come down to defensive performances. Indianapolis is perceived to be one-dimensional without their whopping run game, but if the Buccaneers defense heavily focuses on the run game, Colts’ receiver, Michael Pittman Jr. can be a threat in the pass game.
Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Buccaneers defense do well subduing dangerous running backs but allow teams to have a solo receiver make progressive plays in key moments. Two examples would be versus Washington and New Orleans. They cannot give the Colts a chance to do just enough. A helpful asset here is the return of Sean Murphy-Bunting. Murphy-Bunting had seven tackles versus the Giants Monday night.  Jamal Dean and Mike Edwards had a more accountable presence, and leave it to Antoine Winfield, Jr. to be in on clutch plays. Something to keep an eye on is the rekindling of Devin White and Lavonte David. Both have stepped up in the last two games.

The battle that will sway the decision of the game is between the Colts dominant offensive line and the Buccaneers defensive line. Tampa’s interior has struggled with finishing and racking up sacks and this is a game where every matchup will count. Carson Wentz’s time to pass or hand the ball off to Johnathan Taylor will need to be minimized. If Tampa can “build off their inventory” as said by Tom Brady, the Buccaneers can remain in the winning column and improve their record on the road. 

Hudson’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 27, Colts 24
Hudson’s Season Record: 7-3

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TCB2W!
TCB2W!(@kaimaru)
1 month ago

From the Matthew Berry LOVE/HATE column on ESPN: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Colts) Only true gearheads know that “Indianapolis 500” is a reference to how many receiving touchdowns the Colts defense is on pace to give up this season. Indianapolis has allowed a league-high 17 touchdowns to wide receivers — three more than any other team — thanks to a league-worst 72% completion rate allowed in the end zone. The Colts have also seen 10 wide receivers put up at least 16 fantasy points on them this season. On Sunday, Evans will make 11 as a locked-in top-five… Read more »

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  TCB2W!
1 month ago

Yippee skippee, fantasy points. I’d prefer he just goes out and has a good football game, regardless of how many fantasy points he puts up. Evans was good last week, but games like this week’s are games where you can’t afford to hand the other team a TD or line up in the wrong spot to negate a 30 yard gain, both of which Evans did last week.

SaskBucs
SaskBucs(@saskbucs)
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
1 month ago

Berry is a fantasy guy but that post doesn’t have anything to do with fantasy. It’s about the Colts inability to stop WRs in the Redzone and Evans happens to be one of the best WRs in the redzone. They shouldn’t be able to stop the Bucs down there. TDs could be raining with Evans, Godwin and Gronk. A good offensive game plan and good field position off Colts mistakes could make this a runaway. Get a lead, take away JT and Wentz isn’t beating the Bucs.

Dman
Dman(@dman)
1 month ago

I think this comes down to the Colts O line and our D line. If we win that battle we win then game.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 month ago

Bucs hold Taylor to 70 yards and win 31-20

cobraboy
cobraboy(@cobraboy)
1 month ago

It sounds cliche, but the Bucs success rests solel on no key penalties or giveaways Sunday.

If they play clean, they should win.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
1 month ago

I agree most with Ledyard’s assessment. The Colts have been hot but the match-up looks good for the Bucs. I’m cautiously optimistic the boys will get it done. Let’s go Bucs!

RW
RW(@rwp111)
1 month ago

The return of Scotty Miller is huge.His speed will open things up underneath for Godwin, Evans and Gronk and don’t be surprised if Brady hits him on a 50 yard bomb for a TD. The D will slow the run game of the Colts enough to force Wentz into throwing more than he wants and he’ll make some mistakes. Expect 2 picks in a 30-20 Bucs victory.

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Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
1 month ago

Only Team that can beat the Bucs is the Bucs! Limit mistakes, Shutdown JT & the running game, force Indy to rely on its pass, 24pts Game Over. Bucs Win 8-3

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 month ago

By now I thought we would be more healthy. Not sure how many of the walking wounded will actually play, and how affective they will be if they play. If we play a clean game we win. So far that’s been far and few.. I can’t go against my Bucs; This is a tough one to have to watch. Go Bucs! Keep the Repeat Alive!

76Buc
76Buc(@76buc)
1 month ago

If they don’t beat themselves and the refs don’t beat them, they should win.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
1 month ago

Predictions, like the vice presidency according to Harry Truman, “aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit”. Which is why they play the games. As to the notion popular amongst media couch sitters that the Bucs can’t win on the road, that’s ridiculous. This team is identical to last year’s team, which went on the road and won three playoff games despite being a huge underdog in the latter two of those games, at New Orleans and Green Bay. This year’s total of 2-3 is simply the result of a small sample set. The Bucs are a very good team –… Read more »

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