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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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    jshumaker

    I see Jameis getting more comfortable with his new weapons each week. With Doug Martin coming back the offense has a chance to make a huge statement. If the running game is strong and Jameis plays smart I think they win this game.

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    buddah

    What are you guys smoking. Pats don’t lose two games in a row. Not with Brady at quarterback. Buccaneers keep in close for awhile but class tells. Can’t see the Buccaneers linebackers stopping the New England passing game and Brady’s will to win.
    Pats 40-Buccaneers-24. It’s a long season. Once we get our key defensive players healthy, we will come back and win five or six in a row. We’re just too hobbled. Would love to be wrong.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Whew. Defense giving up 40 would not be ideal.

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    RootsCrew

    Huge game. Not only for the team trying to end the first quarter with a winning record since 2011, but also for the overall confidence needed to make the playoffs. Beating upper echelon teams will need to become the norm if we’re ever to win another Super Bowl. It could start tomorrow night.

    I’m hopeful, but also very wary about winning a shootout. Bucs haven’t scored 30 on offense in 13 games. It’s been 10 games since the team scored 30. Brady isn’t likely to turn the ball over, so it looks like it’ll come down to the offense dropping 30+ for us to win. Big test for Dirk & the offense.

    Prediction:
    Pats 34
    Bucs 28

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    Naplesfan

    Predictions are useless. The past does not predict the present or the future. Every game is a thing unto itself. How many predicted the Pats would lose at home to Kansas City? How many predicted the Pat would struggle to win at home to the Texans? How many predicted the Pats would lose at home to Carolina, of all teams?

    Not many, on any of those three games.

    And for the same reason, we cannot predict that the Pats D will struggle again for the fifth time in a row. Just as nobody predicted that the Vikings minus Bradford would produce a career day for their backup, Case Keenum, who was made to look pathetic just the week before.

    This game can literally go either way. It all depends upon who shows up tomorrow night.

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    Pick6

    i too am expecting the loss…”it’s the patriots, brady and belichick, etc etc”. I am glad the team almost certainly feels differently. It was almost a generation ago that the big bad 49ers dynasty came to Tampa to take their W and head back west…instead, thanks to a couple guys whose names are now in the ring of honor, they went home with their dynasty effectively over

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    Trevor Sikkema

    At the beginning of the week I would have told you I was picking the Pats, but their defense has performed so poorly I have to think the Bucs will stand the best chance they have had against them in years.

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    Horse

    Lets not forget about the weather which might keep the score lower than what most are thinking. This I believe gives us an additional advantage now that we can run, run, run. I believe we will win because of our running game and the wind will help us more than Brady. Go Bucs!

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    seat26

    Bucs still have their two best players out on Defense. Brady is going to have it easy with no pass rush. Bucs will score points but will not be able to stop Pats. 27-21 Pats

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    chetthevette

    Its Scott’s turn to walk the plank.
    BUCS WIN
    It is time to kick the Patriots in the teeth. No mercy. They are human and as we have seen can be beat.
    Naplesfan is right, predictions are useless.
    I always pick the BUCS.
    GO BUBCS

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    XpfcWintergreen

    Just for the fun of it … my prediction? …. Bucs win in overtime. Final score? Ya’ got me!

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    XpfcWintergreen

    P.S.
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    Go Bucs!!!!!!!

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    Naplesfan

    There is some potentially interesting news … Gronkowski is now injured and listed as of yesterday as questionable for tonight’s game. If he does not play, or does not play at 100%, that’s going to have a major impact on the Pats’ offense.

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    SiegeTheBay

    For tonight’s game honestly I believe there are 2 people who I feel the offensive coaching staff should be grilling… Jon Hoke & Brett Maxie. NE is coming into this game on a very short week of prep to rectify their 32nd ranked pass defense problem and their defensive staff will be looking for a fast/simplistic way to improve in that department before facing our arsenal tonight. I would be asking Hoke & Maxie what type of “quick fixes” can a secondary coach employ to attempt a better product on the field in a fast time frame. Dialed down languages? What type of subtle hand movements? Would you install a base coverage on the back end? With ideas from these two, Koetter will be able to have a game plan to attack NE in multiple ways until we find that one glitch in the matrix that we can continue to exploit them in case somehow Bill has somehow developed a quick fix overnight.

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      Naplesfan

      According to ESPN, the Pats haven’t even held a real practice this short week, just a single walk through. It would be very tough to come up with any quick fixes that haven’t even been practiced yet in pads.

      Nothing is impossible, but if there were quick fixes to the Pats D, if any coach in the world had one, it would be Belichick, and it already would have been fixed by Week 5.

      The only option we really have is to plan our defense around what WE do best, and be prepared to make in-game adjustments. It will come down to whomever executes best, which is cliche but true nonetheless.

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        chetthevette

        Complacency, that is what will bring Pats down. Its just the BUCS right?
        As far as I’m concerned this game if we win will make our season. Just like when we smacked down the Chiefs and Seahawks last year. Everyone remembers that right? All the pundits calling for us to lose, screw them.
        GO BUCS

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