Buccaneers: What to Watch for in Sunday’s Game
Just the Fun Stuff
There’s a lot to watch for in the final Bucs game of the 2016 season. There are players heading onto the field in hopes of performing well enough to stick in the coaches minds for next year. There’s the division rivalry where everyone wants to beat the snot out of Cam Newton and the Panthers. And, of course, the slim playoff hopes.
Personally, I’m watching for the fun stuff.
I’m watching to see if Jameis Winston not only gets the 178 passing yards needed to break the Bucs’ single season record, but the 267 yards he needs to break Andrew Luck‘s passing record for most yards in the first two seasons of a career.
I’m watching to see if Mike Evans can break his own single season touchdown record. He currently sits with eleven touchdowns on the season, just one behind his Bucs record of twelve set in 2014.
I’m watching to see if the Bucs finish with a positive turnover ratio. They are currently at +1, which is a far cry better than the -9 turnover ratio they had heading into the first meeting with Carolina.
Finally, I’m watching to see if Dirk Koetter becomes only the second coach in Bucs history to finish his first season with a winning record. Currently, Jon Gruden holds the distinction of the only Bucs coach to ever do that, so despite the disappointment of missing the postseason, that’s certainly an impressive feat by Koetter in not only his first year as Bucs head coach but his first year as an NFL head coach.