Buccaneers Round table: How the Bucs will beat Minnesota in 2017 Week 3
If the Buccaneers beat the Vikings it will be because the offense is able to utilize all the weapons they have at their disposal effectively. The big match-up that we’ve all been talking about is Mike Evans vs. Xavier Rhodes. Is Rhodes is able to continue his elite level of play, Evans may be in for a tough day.
Unlike last season, he’s not the only option out there. DeSean Jackson, Cam Brate, Adam Humphries, even Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard will see opportunities to make plays in mismatches with the focus being on Evans. Jackson will garner some double teams should the Vikings feel Rhodes can take care of Evans without any help, but that still leaves Brate, Humphries, Howard, and Godwin – all of which are capable of turning this game on its head.
As I said on the Walking The Plank Podcast, I believe Cam Brate will be the favorite target of Jameis Winston on Sunday. He and Winston have a rapport and Jameis trusts him in crunch time. Those third down passes that are usually headed Evans’ way could be headed towards Brate instead. Humphries has a knack for finding the sticks and ensuring he gets a yard past them.
That’s the key. Move the chains and get into the red zone. Once the Bucs are in the red zone, inside the fifteen, inside the ten, all bets are off. As good as Rhodes is, I’ll take my chances with a jump ball to Evans in the end zone against any corner in the league. Just need that chance. It’ll all boil down to whether or not Winston can take advantage of the other match-ups in this game and not default back to force feeding Evans all day.