Matchups to watch for
Bucs offense vs Colts defense
The Colts currently boast a top 15 defensive unit which has been critical to their success this season. In Week 14, they will face one of their biggest challenges of the season. The Buccaneers themselves have an elite offense ranking inside the top five in passing and total yards.
In fact, Tampa Bay has gone over 400 total yards in six of their last 10 games, according to Pro Football Reference. On defense, Tampa Bay will be able to pick apart a depleted Colts secondary with weapons like O.J Howard, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
However, if the Colts can force a turnover-prone Jameis Winston into errant throws, then Indy will keep this game close. But coming off two consecutive and convincing wins as well as home field advantage in the contest, Tampa Bay gets the slight edge here.
Bucs defense vs Colts offense
The Indianapolis Colts are lead by blossoming young quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, but have been a run-first in 2019. Led by Marlon Mack in the backfield, the balance in the Colts offense with their above average defense keeps them close in nearly all of their games. That balance, though, will be tested this Sunday as Indy will face the number two team against the run in Tampa Bay.
The interior tackle duo of Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea have paid dividends for Tampa Bay this year as well as allowing edge rushers like, Shaquil Barrett, to have career seasons. Vea and Suh against Colts own stud guard, Quentin Nelson, will be a trench battle to watch come gameday. Either way, if Brissett can manage a solid game through the air and the Buccaneers’ secondary regresses this week, this matchup becomes a complete toss up.