The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play in their first home preseason game after two road victories. Week 3 will be the best chance to see the starting units, so let’s look at who to watch against the Detroit Lions.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a much more successful preseason this year than they did last year.
In 2017, the Bucs offense in the preseason was anemic scoring only 43 points. This year they have put up 56 in just two contests. While these games don’t mean anything, the offense has shown excellent signs early on.
While the defense hasn’t blown anybody away, it’s held teams in check but has been prone to penalties and mental mistakes. This week they are taking on the Detroit Lions. The Lions are currently 0-2, but quarterback Matthew Stafford only has five pass attempts. This week, Stafford is likely to play at least one quarter against the Bucs first team defense.
The Buccaneers offense is likely to see a good chunk of Ryan Fitzpatrick, but they also may want to see Jameis Winston get some first-team reps.
Dirk Koetter will need to be cautious because the team has lost two starters in practice this week and it’s not worth losing anymore.
While it would be nice to see the starters out there and play pseudo-regular season football, I want the best players to remain as healthy as possible. This team is looking for success with the starters and more experience for the young depth, and game three is the best game to see a little bit of both.