Aug 29, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) is congratulated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Mike Jenkins (24) after he made a tackle against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers officially kicked off the 2015 NFL season last night and now Bucs fan only have to wait two more days to see their no. 1 overall pick, Jameis Winston, live in his first regular season game. The Tennessee Titans will be coming to town and they are bringing their own Heisman Trophy-winning QB, no. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota.
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The Bucs and Titans were the two worst teams in the NFL last year, but both have great expectations of improvement this year.
This will really be a good test for both teams; if either can’t beat another 2-14 team form last year, how will they fare against the rest of the league?
There are certainly questions on the Bucs offensive line and holes could absolutely be exploited against long-time NFL defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
However, Lovie Smith and DC Leslie Frazier feel comfortable going into their second year with this defensive group and hope to take advantage of the Titan’s rookie QB.
With two fairly young teams that have question marks all over the field, this game could get a little sloppy at times. Whichever team can handle the pressure better and avoid mistakes will have a huge advantage.
There are a few players on each team that could make a big impact (for better or for worse) on Sunday. Who are they and what should you be expecting to see from them when the season finally gets underway for the Bucs and Titans?