BUCS : GOAL LINE STAND : SAN FRANCISCO
By Leo Haggerty
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1PM weather permitting.
The Niners come into the contest with a 2-8 log. That’s tied for the bottom slot in the National Football Conference West Division.
The Pewter Pirates are 3-7 on the campaign. That puts them in the cellar of the NFC South a game behind the Atlanta Falcons.
Below are my four keys to victory. No rocket science predictions but sound football goals. Enjoy.
GET #3 GOING
This is so simple it hurts. Find a way to get QB Jameis Winston off on the good foot.
His first four or five throws should all be ones that are easily completed. Get the former FSU star some confidence.
I could care less if they’re good for only 20 yards total. They’re positive plays and, right now, that’s what the doctor ordered for Winston. Make it happen.
GET FANS INVOLVED
It’s been so long since Bucs fans have been able to get into the game early they may have forgot how to do it. Frankly, do you blame them?
The Pewter Pirates need to do something good early. Score or get a turnover or make a splash play or all of the above. Get the home town faithful excited.
What does this actually mean? Let me explain.
Make Frisco earn every yard. Make getting every first down an adventure for the 49ers. Make getting in the red zone a war for San Fran.
Simply put, fight SF for every inch of turf. Nothing easy today.
MAKE SPLASH PLAYS
On offense, break a couple of long runs. Hit a few deep balls.
On defense, get a couple sacks. Break up some passes. Get a turnover.
Don’t be afraid to pull any rabbit out of the hat on either side of the ball. Double reverses. Safety blitzes.
Today, the Pewter Pirates need to throw caution to the wind because the Buccaneers have to win. A loss could seal the fate of a lot of people in the organization.
OK, here’s my pick. TB, 23-16, in a game that comes right down to last play of the game.
Is this how it will go down? See you at the TV to find out.