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Bucs and Cardinals headed for score-fest Sunday?

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The Bucs have been getting into shootouts. Not the bad kind that shows up on the nightly news, but the good kind that shows up on ESPN.

Unfortunately, the Buccaneers have been on the losing end of these battles. The offense has been putting up a decent amount of points, but the defense has been a complete let-down. Most recently, they lost in OT to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, 40-34.

You have to think that Jameis Winston’s future will be in question if they can’t rebound starting this week and put together a winning season. Bruce Arians will get a pass, since it’s his first year in Tampa and they expect some transitional adjustments … but Winston was the Top Draft pick in 2015 and in a lot of ways has just been an endless series of disappointment.

That said, he did step up and play quite well with over 300 yards and three more TDS in the Buccaneers OT loss to Seattle.

Obviously, four straight losses are concerning … Winston’s outlook on glasses of water is also concerning.

“I mean, the glass is always full … you know, half-full of water … and the other half is full of air … so … I guess that means he has a positive outlook for the rest of the season.”

Let’s just hope that Winston and his glass aren’t full of hot air.

Ok. On to Week 10. The Bucs are finally favorites again at the best betting sites.

Arizona Cardinals Versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are favorites at home against the Arizona Cardinals. It originally opened with a line of 5.5 points but has since been bet down a full point to -4.5. The Total Score was originally set with an OVER/UNDER of 54 but has also dropped a little, down to 52.

The Cardinals are having a horrendous season. However, they did surprisingly well against a tough-as-nails 49ers squad on TNF. The Cardinals offense put up 25 points and kept the team within a field goal in their 28-25 loss. Even with David Johnson out, the Cardinals have found a running game and put up 150+ yards in two of their last three appearances.

They recently acquired Kenyan Drake from Miami and regardless of whether or not David Johnson plays, Drake is probably going to touch the ball a lot. How effective they’ll be against Tampa Bay’s elite run defense is another question entirely?

The Bucs allow just 68.6 yards per game on the ground. This stat makes them the No. 1 rush defense in the league. The problem is the Bucs rank No. 31 in defending the pass.

That said, that number jumps to 12th in the league while at home. They also boast the No. 5 scoring offense in the NFL and a Top-10 passing game at No. 9. These stats go against Arizona’s No. 29 scoring defense and No. 29 passing defense.

Heck, they don’t even defend the run well, back at No. 25. However, they actually play better on the rad. Their rushing defense enters the Top 15 at No. 14. And both their scoring defense and run D climb a few spots to No. 22 and No. 21 respectively.

So, the Bucs have a really good chance to break that 4-loss streak against Arizona. One thing to note though, is the Cardinals have kept their games close, with the exception of the Saints. They’ve covered the point spread in 4 of their last 5 outings. They covered against the Niners, and they won outright as underdogs against the Giants, the Falcons, and the Bengals.

So, this could turn into another shootout for the Bucs, if they are not careful.

That said bettors would be smart to hop on Tampa Bay to win this one, but likely stay clear of the point spread, just in case the Cardinals keep it down to a field goal loss.

But in any case, we should see the Tampa Bay losing streak end this Sunday.

The Saints on November 17 will be tough. But, if the Buccaneers start out with a win this week, they have a good chance to win five of the last six games of the season moving to 7-7 and perhaps get in conversation for second in the NFC South.

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Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston

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It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.

Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?

Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.

Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,

Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:

“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”

“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option? 

The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.

After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”

While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.

Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.

The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.

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Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020

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On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?

First, the team released another video with clues about them intending to change their uniform and potentially alter their logo:

The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:

“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”

As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.

This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,

The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.

NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.

It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.

The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.

Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.

So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.

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