The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start their 2018-2019 season without their franchise quarterback, Jameis Winston. The Bucs need to play near perfect football to survive the first three weeks of the season.
It isn’t ideal when a starting quarterback is out to start the season, but what’s done is done. Without Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers problems become accentuated. Throw in a tough schedule, Tampa Bay needs to play at their best to survive the first stretch of games.
The Bucs start the season on the road against the division rival New Orleans Saints. Then, Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and then the offensive juggernaut Pittsburgh Steelers come to town.
Starting the 2018 season on the road is a tough break, especially when they have to go to New Orleans which features one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL.
Taking one game during this stretch would be a big win for Tampa Bay. Let’s go week-by-week and see what the Buccaneers need to do to survive and advance at the beginning of the 2018 season.