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Week 12 of the NFL season brings us two games that could have a lot of points scored and one potential defensive struggle. The Tampa Bay Bucs travel to face the Atlanta Falcons. The Miami Dolphins travel to Cleveland to face the Browns. The Jacksonville Jaguars will travel to face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

With all three team’s road underdogs, we will see how that effects fantasy. With just two weeks until most season long league playoffs start, it is now crunch time for fantasy owners.

The Buccaneers will take their vertical passing game into Atlanta to face a suddenly red-hot Falcons’ team. Last week we were high on the Bus offense, who ended up producing dud weeks in what looked to be a plus matchup in a high scoring game. This week once again, is a plus matchup on paper. The Falcons have the 22nd ranked defense in the NFL, and the Bucs have the 24th. That should mean a lot of points and a lot of possessions.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams, so we don’t have any stats from this year to look at. Following a game in which the Bucs ran for a franchise-low 8 times, you would think they will look to establish the run in this contest. Ronald Jones (above) has yet to have a breakout game on the ground after becoming the starter and could be due here. With the last week of bye weeks across the NFL, Jameis Winston could be a QB you look to use, as well.

The Jacksonville Jaguars got QB Nick Foles back last week, but that couldn’t get them back in the win column. Foles and the offense struggled to put up points after scoring on their second possession of the game and they couldn’t score again until their last possession. This week could be much of the same in the Music City. Both the Jags and Titans look to establish the run before the pass.

The Titans defense has been better against the run, though, so the Jags will need to air it out to win here. D.J. Chark continued his breakout season and is locked in as the Jags number one option no matter who is under center. Chark had a whopping 15 targets to lead the team, and it was Chris Conley second in targets with 8. Foles like Winston is a fine streaming option in season-long leagues, and if you are hurting at WR, Conley and the on again off again, Dede Westbrook could be picked up.

The Miami Dolphins two-game win streak came to an end last week against the Bills, but the offense was surprisingly on its game. Ryan Fitzpatrick is coming off of a 300 yard game against a top 5 defense. The Browns will be another tough matchup, a team with the 6th ranked pass defense. They will obviously be without their best pass rusher in Myles Garett, after his indefinite suspension was upheld by the NFL.

The Dolphins have not been able to run the ball at all since the departures of Kenyan Drake and Mark Walton, meaning WR DeVante Parker is once again in play and is the only guy on the offense with a consistent role.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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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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