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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Buffalo Bills

The Payments are Three-2 and proper within the combine within the jumbled AFC playoff image, and there’s mainly one motive for that: The protection has been principally excellent, and has carried the offense on a weekly foundation.
The Payments’ two losses got here in video games the place they allowed 9 factors, and 20 factors. Any semblance of offense in both recreation, and the Payments is likely to be sitting atop the AFC with an ideal report as a result of each of these video games had been there for the taking.
If anybody is worried about exhausting emotions between the protection and offense within the locker room, don’t be, says coach Sean McDermott.
“No, I don’t fear about, not with these guys, and that’s why the DNA is essential,” stated McDermott. “They put the crew first, and there (have) been moments for the offense as properly. There (have) been moments the place the protection has performed properlyparticular groups has performed properly, so the best half about good soccer groups is that they’re very unselfish they usually evolve all year long. One week it’s the offense carrying the crewthe subsequent week it’s the particular groupsthe subsequent week it could in truth be the protection, and that’s what good groups do.”
It’s time for the offense to do its halfRight here’s my preview of the sport.

Three ...

1. Can the Payments make the most of a weak Tampa Bay cross protection? It has been a large number on offense for many of the season for Buffalo, and the numbers are well-documented. However right here’s a possibility to get proper as Tampa Bay’s protection has struggled all season and sits 30th in yards allowed, 31st in passing yards, final in sacks, and 22nd in factors allowed. Even with a struggling receiving corps, the Payments ought to be capable to do some harm via the air towards a Bucs protection that's yielding 301.6 yards passing per recreation. Rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves has allowed QBs a 128.7 passer score once they goal him, in order that’s an space Tyrod Taylor should assault. The query is, can the Payments’ wideouts win, even towards a struggling participant equivalent to Hargreaves? On the opposite aspect, CB Brent Grimes has allowed a 68.6 passer score. The Payments will attempt to set up the run, however how they throw the ball may decide the end result.

2. Will LeSean McCoy emerge from his slumber? Everyone knows how horrible the passing recreation has been and Taylor and the vast receivers have taken a lot of the blame, however when the Payments don’t run successfully, it impacts the whole lot negatively, not solely on offense, however even for the protection as a result of the Payments don’t maintain drives and the protection needs to be on the sphere extra. McCoy is off to a depressing begin, and he acknowledged that earlier within the week, even saying that “it’s about time” he will get issues rotated. If the Payments’ line can get Bucs DT Gerald McCoy blocked and get Shady to the second degree, he might be able to inflict the identical sort of injury the allegedly over-the-hill Adrian Peterson did on the Bucs final week. McCoy is aware of there are yards to be gained on this recreation, and if he will get them in massive chunks, the remainder of the Payments’ offense will profit
Three. Will the Payments’ secondary be capable to deal with the Bucs’ proficient receivers? That is determined by the efficiency of Jameis Winston, who's getting back from a shoulder harm. The Bucs have a dynamic passing recreation with a pass-catching gang that features WRs Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries, plus TE Cameron Brate. Jackson stays a blazing deep risk, and Evans is a giantbodily participant who makes the powerful, contested catches. The Bucs rank second within the NFL in passing, and the Payments' secondary – nonetheless stinging from the beat-down placed on them by Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton and A.J. Inexperienced – must be on level. It seems to be like CB E.J. Gaines needs to be again, so that can take a number of the warmth off rookie CB Tre’Davious White, although it is nonetheless doable White travels with Evans.

and Out

The Payments stubbed their toes in Cincinnati, there’s no getting round that. It was a recreation they wanted to win, ought to have received, and would have received had they only been capable of do something on offense with a number of the nice area place that they hadThat is one other recreation the place there needs to be no excuses for the Payments to not win. The Bucs have been a mediocrity to this point with a good offense however woeful protection, and their 2-Three report isn't any shock. Buffalo is coming off its bye and is at residence, Tampa Bay is reeling from a loss out west to Arizona, has to journey once more and maybe play with out its beginning quarterback. It’s going to grow to be a development every week, but when the Payments need to show they're a reliable playoff contender, they'll’t falter in a recreation like this. They did that in Cincinnati, and it conjured up a number of the “usual Payments” discuss that has permeated these components for thus lengthy. The Bucs are Zero-2 on the street and have yielded 72 factors, so the Payments’ offense might lastly have a breakout day. MY PICK: Payments 24, Bucs 17.

By the Numbers

27 – Receiving touchdowns for Bucs WR Mike Evans in his first three seasons (2014-16), ninth-most because the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, tied with Dallas' Dez Bryant (2010-12).
26 – Landing receptions of 50 yards or extra for Bucs WR DeSean Jackson, tied for fourth-most because the merger behind Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, and Terrell Owens.
27 – Factors scored within the fourth quarter by the Bucs final week in Arizona, essentially the most for one quarter in franchise historical past.

Speaking factors

► QB Tyrod Taylor on his confidence within the Payments offense: “I've confidence in the entire guys which can be taking part in receiver or offensive line. They’re doing their finest to go on the market and compete at a excessive degree. Having guys come again, guys that had been starters, having these guys come again positively makes our group stronger. However whoever is on the market, there’s no complaining, there’s no finger pointing, we’re going on the market and making an attempt to get a job accomplished.”
Payments DT Jerry Hughes on LB Preston Brown: “He’s our chief on the market, he’s our signal-caller. He communicates to all peopleand positively being underappreciated simply due to the way in which the protection is flowing and we credit score that to him. For him to get the calls in and be capable to talk to the entrance 4 after which flip round and discuss to the again seven, and the whole lot like that, that’s good, to get all people in good unison. We understood that final yr it wasn’t Payments soccer, it wasn’t something as much as our caliber. He made that private, and we actually can see it.”

► RB LeSean McCoy acknowledging his gradual begin: “I need to get going. It’s one thing that I’ve actually put my mindset on, getting going and getting again to simply taking part in my ball, discovering the top zone, first downs, massive runs, massive chunks, making guys miss, you recognizespotlight performs. All that, even it’s good for me, nevertheless it’s good for our crew.”

Quote to Notice

Payments DT Kyle Williams talking of Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick: “Properly let me say, as a teammate, he’s considered one of my favorites as a result of the man, he’s charismatic, all of his teammates care about him and love him, he’s powerful, he competes. There’s so many issues to love about him, and as a teammate, that’s all you possibly can ask for. A man that you recognize that each time if you exit, he’s going to provide you all he’s acquired, he’s going to play harm, he’s going to play bloody to knocked up, and he’s nonetheless going to go on the market and offer you the whole lot he’s acquired.”

NFL rankings

                                Payments                             Buccaneers
Complete offense:        271.6 yards (31st) ;     382.Zero (4th)
Rush offense:        106.6 yards (17th);      82.four (30th)
Cross offense:        165.Zero yards (30th);      299.6 (2nd)
Factors scored:       17.eight (27th);                  23.6 (13th)
Complete protection:       322.four yards (13th);       403.four (30th)
Rush protection      87.6 yards (seventh);          101.eight (12th)
Cross protection       234.eight yards (21st);       301.6 (31st)
Factors allowed:     14.eight (1st);                      24.2 (22nd)
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