In a stunning upset, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints. Which parts of the team are we buying stock in, and which ones are we selling?
It’s been a long time since stock in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was this lucrative. The Buccaneers blew the doors off the Super Dome on Sunday, scoring a total of 48 points in the highest scoring opening day contest in decades. Led by first-time play-caller Todd Monken, the Buccaneers offense played up to and beyond its potential. Saying that veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick was locked in feels like an enormous understatement – Fitzpatrick was on a different level, arguably the highest level any Buccaneer quarterback has ever reached in a single game.
So, quite a significant chunk of the Buccaneer offense saw a sizable jump in their stock. Things were less ideal on the defensive end of the ball, which tends to be the case when you give up forty points. Missed tackles, blown coverages, stonewalled pass-rush and every other form of lousy defense were on display by the Buccaneers, causing quite a bit of adverse stock action. Let’s take a closer look at where everybody stands, starting with the much larger group of positively affected players.