The Buccaneers are 3-2 at home, and finish the year with three more at home in their last four games.
Even when they do travel, it’s to Charlotte, North Carolina. Cross-country trip it isn’t.
A lot is made about playing at home or on the road, so the team needs to take advantage.
However, the Lions currently have a better record on the road than they do at home. So, it isn’t going to be easy.
Facing a team who travels well, when you own an offense which seems to do better on the road, isn’t exactly a recipe for success.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Getting off to a fast start is crucial.
Tampa’s offense has scored less than twenty points in three of their five home games to this point. This is not how you defend your home.
On the flip side, the defense has allowed more than twenty at home just once. In Week 4 against the New York Giants. Ironically, a win.
On the flip side, Matthew Stafford and his swollen hand has only been held under the 20-point threshold once on the road this year. Not surprisingly, it was a loss for Detroit.
So, something is going to give. Either the Lions will uncharacteristically score few points on the road, or the Buccaneers defense will give up more than their used to at home.
Hopefully, it’s the first option, but if head coach Dirk Koetter can’t get his offense to put some points up in Raymond James Stadium, it isn’t going to matter.
These are my three keys to a Buccaneers win this weekend. What are yours?
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