Everyone knows preseason games don’t really matter. The eventual score lines and team records do not indicate a team’s success come regular season time. But there is something habitual about being on the right side of a final score. The Buccaneers need to get into that habit, and tonight is a good place to start.
I normally stop caring about the score of Buccaneer preseason games the moment the starters exit the game, but tonight I have a different feeling. I want to see a win, and preferably a convincing one. Of course I always want the starters to go out and play well, score some points, and turn the opposition over. Tonight we need to see improvement from the second team, the third team, and even the guys who probably won’t even make the roster.
Last week there was a feeling of defeat written all over the Bucs. From articles on this site, to the print and broadcast media in Tampa, to social media, it felt like the Buccaneers got stomped. And while the scoreline indicated it, it still seemed a little severe for a first preseason game.
The reason behind this is expectation. People expect the Buccaneers to be better, and by many counts, much better. Last week they disappointed. Now, after a week of practice with the opponent, it’s time to shine.
Go out and wax the Patriots and make a stand. NFL Network, ESPN, and the rest of them have nothing better to talk about than results. And while they truly don’t matter, I’d love to see a butt whipping tonight.
There’s no doubt in my mind the Buccaneers can deliver it, it’s just whether the game plan is to win, or to “work on some things.” I’d almost always prefer the latter, but today I want the focus to be on the scoreboard, so the team starts gets in the habit of winning, cause hopefully there’s going to be a lot of it starting on September 8th.