Week One: at Atlanta
In life, it’s always good to make a solid first impression. When you are a football team that competes in 16 gamers per year, how you start is extremely important. The Bucs start on the road against a divisional opponent in the Falcons. It’s about as big of an opening game as a team can have.
Sure, the Falcons were only 8-8 last year. The Bucs swept them last year. However, this will be a true test as to where the team is coming out of training camp. We have talked at length about my concerns with the height of the Bucs’ cornerbacks. Well, Julio Jones is first up, and will likely go head to head with Brent Grimes, potentially even Vernon Hargreaves III.
Week one will set the tone. If they can play well against the taller receivers, the defense will have taken a real turn. If not, the league will have tape on the blueprint to beat the Bucs down field.
Next: Week Three