Week Six: Oct. 15 at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 p.m.)
It’s no secret that the Bucs tend to struggle whenever they make a trip to the West Coast. And no, no one has forgotten what happened when they visited Arizona in week two of the 2016 season. They stumbled early and struggled often in a 40-7 loss to the Cardinals. Arizona rode a 24-point second quarter to a blowout win. It’s a loss that Tampa Bay will be looking to avenge this season.
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The matchup certainly won’t be an easy one, as the timing of the trip doesn’t favor the Bucs. It comes after a back-to-back games with the Giants and Patriots, while starting a stretch of three out of four games on the road. How the team starts the season will put a lot of weight into this one. If Tampa Bay can win at least two of its first three and then split the next two coming into week six, things may be a little more manageable. But if the team comes in struggling, there will be a lot of pressure on a team that has a lot of expectations riding on it.
The Cardinals may not be the current favorites to win the NFC, but a trip to Glendale is going to be a tough one for the Buccaneers.