After losing their Sunday night matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders, the Buccaneers could miss out on their primetime game with the New York Giants as well.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the best teams in the NFL, yet they have failed to play a game on Sunday and Monday night so far this season.
After the hype that surrounded the team in the preseason and the quick rise up the power rankings, the Buccaneers were supposed to be one of the most exciting teams to watch during primetime, yet that could elude Tampa Bay for another week.
The horrible trend that had started to arise is that opposing teams are struck by COVID-19 scares right before playing the Bucs. Last week, the Las Vegas offensive line was in quarantine for the better part of the week, and the reports are that the Giants are following that same schedule.
Ian Rapoport and Tom Peliserro confirmed on Twitter today that the majority of the New York offensive line has been quarantined due to a COVID scare, and now the Buccaneers just have to wait and hold their breath.
While this issue is no one’s fault, this is an extremely annoying problem for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has waited for years to return to form and make an appearance during primetime, and this year all they have is a sloppy loss versus the Bears in a forgettable Thursday night matchup.
The good news for Tampa Bay is that playing these games at different times makes a minimal difference, but it is unfair that they continue to lose out on these opportunities due to other teams.
The Buccaneers have been successful in their dealings with the virus and haven’t struggled during the regular season, so weekly scares with the opponents are understandably frustrating.
Fans should cross their fingers that this ends up being another scenario like what happened last week. The end of the week may look sketchy, but hopefully, the Giants can still play the game without needing to reschedule.
Every piece of news over the next few days will be critical, but a scare this late in the week does not bode well for the Buccaneers to stay in primetime on Monday night.