The weather report for this afternoon’s game looks a lot like the state of the Buccaneers organization. Right now it’s fine, but there are reports of thunderstorms on the way.
The Buccaneers and Saints will kick it off at 4:05 local time at Raymond James Stadium where the weather will be in the low 90′s with partial cloud cover. Thunderstorms may move into the area later in the game as the projected precipitation percentage climbs to 45% in the 5 o’clock hour.
This is one of the times at Raymond James that the Bucs would benefit from some rough weather. The Saints have a high-powered pass heavy offense. The more weather plays a role in this game, the better off the Buccaneers are because moving the football through the air will get tougher and tougher.
The hope this week is that the Tampa offense will get a lot more production out of the running game after a brutal start to the year. Rain would likely bring even more defensive players in the box making a little tougher on Martin and the offensive line. But, the Bucs defense would likely be able to feast on a run heavy Saints offense if Drew Brees and the passing game are hindered by weather.
Like almost every game in Tampa, there is a chance of rain, but it would likely only stick around for an hour or so. Expect the weather to hold up for a vast majority of this game. But if you’re headed down Dale Mabry Highway to watch the Bucs in person, wouldn’t be a bad idea to pack the poncho.