TPP Pregame Report: Buccaneers vs. Colts

Indianapolis Colts (0-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)

TAMPA – Indianapolis Colts (0-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Time: 8:30ET/7:30CT

TV: ESPN (and/or ABC in Tampa)

Announcers: Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden

Weather: 73°F, Mostly Clear

Line: Buccaneers by 10

Injury Report: INDIANAPOLIS -  QB Peyton Manning (Out), S Antoine Bethea (Questionable), Kerry Collins (Questionable), G Ryan Diem (Questionable), DT Fili Moala (Questionable), Joe Reitz (Questionable), LB Ernie Sims (Questionable), TE Brody Eldridge (Questionable), DE Dwight Freeney (Questionable)

TAMPA BAY – WR Sammie Stroughter (Out), T James Lee (Out), WR Dezmon Briscoe (Not Injury Related, Expected to Play), Quincy Black (Questionable), TE Kellen Winslow (Probable), TE Zach Pianalto (Probable), QB Josh Johnson (Probable)

Key Matchup: Josh Freeman/Mike Williams vs. Colts Secondary,

Last Week: Buccaneers beat Falcons 16-13, Colts lost to Steelers 23-20

Last Meeting: October 7, 2007 - Colts 33, Buccaneers 14

Series History (Since 2001): Colts lead 2-0

Last Minute Preview: The absence of the great Peyton Manning greatly reduces the intrigue of this game, but not it’s meaningfulness. With the Saints and Falcons winning yesterday, a win for the Bucs would keep them on par with New Orleans and widen their lead over Atlanta to two full games. Josh Freeman has to be drooling over this weak Indianapolis secondary as is Mike Willams; both are starving for breakout games and what a better stage than on Monday Night Football to have one. The Bucs mustn’t let this game slip away from them and if all things remain the same from last week it won’t. The defense won’t get the big test it thought it would get against Manning but they still have to face his weapons. They can really use this as an opportunity to fine-tune their skills for future matchups against true tests like games against Green Bay and New Orleans.  This isn’t quite a shoo-in but it’s pretty damn close to one; don’t expect it to be very close if Tampa knows what they’re doing. If anything this is a big opportunity for the Bucs to shine and gain maximum exposure on a national stage.

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