Week Ten: vs. New York Jets
Yes folks, this game. The matchup against the New York Jets is a big one for the Bucs, and I am not crazy. Don’t click on the button to close your browser until I explain.
Obviously the Jets roster is not looking good. It is impossible to say who the quarterback is even going to be when week ten rolls around. The roster is young. The influential veterans have been released. The team isn’t expected to do very much in 2017. The fan base is convinced they are packing it in for 2017 for the chance to draft Sam Darnold. Be that as it may, you can’t choose your opponents, so these guys are next up for the Bucs.
This sets up to be a “trap” game. The previous week, the Bucs have a divisional matchup against the Saints, and head into the bye week after the Jets game. Coming out of the bye week, the NFC Champions are looming in Atlanta. It would not be out of the realm of the possibility for the Bucs to be looking past this game. I mean, on paper, they should be able to beat up the Jets without even thinking about it, right? That’s the way upsets happen.
Both being a trap game potentially, and because it’s heading into the bye week, this is a big one. If the Bucs were to lose this one, it will leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. It could leave them in a difficult position, needing to regain their confidence in Atlanta after getting upset by a far inferior team. The Bucs must stay motivated and bring it all in this one.