The Buccaneers starters should have a field day with the Bengals.
Joe Burrow or not, the Bengals are in for a very rude awakening tonight when they take on the Buccaneers in the preseason opener.
Tampa is bringing back the best offense in the NFL and one of the best defenses by a healthy margin. The starters shouldn’t be on the field for long against the Bengals, but it will be hard for Cincinnati to forget the reps they take against the Bucs.
Among the names for the Bengals to worry about, Tom Brady isn’t even at the top of the list, and he has been lights out during camp so far. It doesn’t matter who’s in at quarterback for the Bucs; the Bengal defense isn’t going to have a fun day.
Even Blaine Gabbert looked like a stud at some points last season, and when you look at the receiving corps the Bucs bring, the Bengals don’t have an answer for anyone on the opposing offensive side of the ball.
Unfortunately for Cincinnati, the offensive starters aren’t even the ones to really worry about.
The Buccaneer defense will keep teams up the night before their matchups this season, and the preseason is no different. The defense was the biggest strength for the Bucs during the playoffs, and there is reason to believe it could be the better side of the ball for Tampa this season.
Even Burrow would’ve had a bad day against this defense. Imagine what will happen to his backup.
The Bengals have a decent group of receivers, but no Burrow means their night will be demanding from the start. The Buccaneer defense showed that it knows how to punish opposing quarterbacks during the playoffs last year, so the odds for the Bengal defense to get much more than a first down tonight without the recent first overall pick is slim.
Expect the Bucs to have their way from the start of this game until the end when the practice squad guys continue to show which franchise is in a better position for the next ten years.
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