The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have sights on improving to 2-0 in their division with a victory against the slumping Atlanta Falcons(1-4).
This game has huge implications for both teams and a win will provide either team with much needed momentum. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off an embarrassing performance against the Chicago Bears. They lost 48-10 and had a long bye week to think about it. But, a victory in Atlanta can right the ship for the Buccaneers and rejuvenate the fans and the team.
On the other hand, the Falcons are desperate to stop the bleeding and can ill afford to take another loss this early in the season. A loss to the Bucs will crush all hope for the Falcons and all but end their season.
Bucs Secondary VS Julio Jones
The Falcons always seem to find ways to get the ball to Julio Jones against the Bucs. This game definitely screams high targets for Jones. The Bucs are ranked dead last against the pass. Their secondary consist of three rookies and a second year guy. The Buccaneers only have one proven vet, Brent Grimes, and he’s also been struggling up to this point.
Defensive Coordinator, Mike Smith, has to formulate a plan to contain Jones to have any shot to win. They have to force Matt Ryan to find other guys in the passing game.
Bucs Pass Rush Vs Falcons Oline
With the Bucs secondary being so inexperienced, it is essential that they get consistent pressure on Matt Ryan. The Bucs only have eight sacks but they get a high volume of pressure on the quarterback. Jason Pierre Paul has thirteen, Gerald McCoy and Vinny Curry both have twelve pressures a piece.
Constant pressure would work wonders against a quarterback like Matt Ryan, who loves to play from the pocket. Forcing Ryan off his spots and making him throw off script will be crucial on Sunday. The Falcons offensive line struggled mightily in their previous game against Pittsburgh. They gave up six sacks and Pittsburgh consistently pressured Ryan to keep him uncomfortable all game long.
Winston has to be Poised
Jameis Winston’s is getting ready make his first start of the season and he has to show he’s ready to take this team to the next level. In order to do that, he must protect the football and cut down on the costly turnovers. While interceptions were a focus last year, cutting down the fumbling will be key too.
The other major improvement he has to make is his accuracy on the deep ball. There are plenty of people that are ready to critique his deep throw efficiency. Hopefully he’s solved that issue too. If he has fixed that problem, I’m sure they can find something else to complain about.
Rod Thurman is a contributor for Full Press Coverage covering his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Follow him on twitter @BucBoy for everything Bucs and anything football.