With a return to the win column after Sunday’s defeat of the Cleveland Browns, could the Tampa Bay Buccaneers possibly get a winning streak going?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a rough start to the schedule, but things appear to be getting a little easier for them in that regard. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the midst of seven straight winnable games. They got win number one out of the way last week and look to continue their domination of the state of Ohio with a win this week against the Bengals. While this stretch of the season presents the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a great opportunity to stay in the playoff hunt, we all know nothing comes easy for this team. A win this week to keep things going against Cincinnati will be key to gaining momentum going forward.
The Cincinnati Bengals Will be Looking to Get Back on Track After an Embarrassing Primetime Loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
If you were to take a look at the standings, you might think the Bengals are a good football team. At 4-3 in the AFC North, Cincinnati is very much in the thick of things as far as winning the division goes. Are they really that good though? Their wins have come largely against bad football teams. When playing decent competition, the Bengals have struggled mightily. The stats are even more telling. The Cincinnati Bengals are ranked 25th in total offense and their defense is even worse. When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Cincinnati this Sunday, they will be facing the 31st ranked defense in the league. That’s right, the Bengals defense is statistically worse than that of the Buccaneers.
The Bengals Must do Something Well, Right?
They have the capability to put up points on offense and it will be up to the new and improved Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is hit or miss. He has taken a lot of criticism over the course of his career, but we have seen much lesser quarterbacks exploit this Buccaneer secondary. Joe Mixon presents some issues at running back. He is one of the more complete backs in the NFL and one of the few true three down backs left in today’s game. A.J. Green is always dangerous and fellow receiver Tyler Boyd is on his way to his best season as a pro. The speedster John Ross is out this week for the Bengals. Ross has been a disappointment thus far this season, but keeping that kind of speed on the sideline is always a good thing (for the Bucs, anyways). With Tyler Eifert and his backup both out for the season, the Bengals will be forced to start their third string tight end.
The Buccaneers’ Secondary had their Best Game of the Season Last Week and I Look for them to Keep Rolling this Week.
Carlton Davis and Brent Grimes both had great games last week. Davis started the season slow, but continues to improve each week. Brent Grimes missed a couple of games early due to injury, and when he got back in the lineup, he didn’t play that well. That changed this past Sunday. Grimes looked to be the reliable player we have come to depend on. Safeties Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead both had nice days as well. While Evans may not be providing the splash plays we are hoping for, we haven’t seen him giving up as many big plays either. Whitehead just seems to get better each week and he plays surprisingly well in run support.
This Talented Young Secondary has a Bright Future in Tampa.
The back end of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense will be tested this week. While the future of this secondary looks bright, they haven’t done enough yet to lose their reputation as the worst pass defense in the league. Andy Dalton will look to test them early and often this week. If Dalton is on his game, he and A.J. Green could have a game reminiscent of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. The secondary is the key to this week’s game. If they can play with the same level of confidence and aggression that they did against the Browns, they will shut down the Red Rifle and the rest of the Bengals offense. Dare I say this is the week the Bucs secondary gets an interception?