Pewter Plank Roundtable: Predictions for Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Jets, Week 1

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Dec 30, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) drops back to pass during second half of the game at the Georgia Dome. The Buccaneers defeated the Falcons 22-17. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

The staff of The Pewter Plank is ready for football. So ahead of the Buccaneers’ Week 1 showdown with the New York Jets, we all came together to answer a few questions about the game. Here’s what we had to say.

When the Buccaneers’ offense takes to the field this weekend, all eyes will be on Josh Freeman. How do you believe he’ll do in his first game after a tumultuous preseason?

Ken Boehlke:  I see Freeman getting off to a bit of a rough start. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him lead the team down the field for a score on the first drive, but in the first five, I don’t think he’ll have more than one really positive drive. However, he’ll come into his own as the game goes on and statistically when all is said and done, he’ll wind up with a pretty solid day. Multiple TD’s and somewhere close if not over 300 yards.

Matt Tidcombe: I think Josh will be just fine. The pre season is called the pre season for a reason; it’s just about getting reps. While it would have been nice to see Freeman hook up Jackson and Williams a few more times, it won’t affect Sunday’s game. We saw last season the chemistry Freeman has with his two main targets. He has played well in practice by all accounts so I’m not concerned by it, and think he will have a tidy, efficient game.

Luke Weber: I think Josh will do just fine. Hopefully, the Bucs will be able to get Doug Martin rolling early so it can take a load off of Josh Freeman’s shoulders. If he can avoid the turnovers, I will be a happy man.

Michael Decker: I think Josh Freeman will be better this year. I had to gulp as I say that, because he has been plain awful this preseason. But I feel like the Bucs were doing a lot of testing of new offensive personnel and that this hurt Freeman a little bit.  A couple of the new receivers have yet to find their rhythm, but I believe Freeman will start off well against the Jets team that is a real mess right now.

Ryan Terrana: I think his performance will be better than average. Nothing mind-blowing, but nothing terrible. I think around 250 yards and 2 TDs.

Leo Howell: I’d be lying if I said I was completely confident he’ll do well, but part of that is due to the uncertainty on the offensive line. He needs time to throw to be effective against the Jets. If he gets that time, I think he’ll have a solid day.

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