The NFC East needs to watch out for the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers have already “won” the NFC East after beating the Cowboys in the first week. Whether that game ends up being the outlier or the norm for Dallas remains to be seen, but that was still the best performance the Bucs will see from that division this season, and the game last night proved that.
The Washington-Giants game proved to be far more entertaining than initially advertised. The game came down to the wire, and both teams flashed on offense and defense to create several memorable plays.
Unfortunately for the division, the game was only close because both teams are so much further behind the rest of the league. Both teams have significant question marks for various reasons, and the Bucs should be able to exploit plenty of obvious weaknesses when playing these two teams this season.
Daniel Jones is better than most people give him credit for, but the Giants have the worst head coach in the league, and Bruce Arians gives Tampa a substantial advantage in the matchup, even if the Giants have played the Buccaneers close in recent years.
Washington can usually prove to be a scrappy team, and while they are good at many things, they are great at very little. Regardless of who is starting at quarterback or how their defense is looking that week, Washington will be facing an uphill battle against the Bucs this season, just like they did in the playoffs last year.
Finally, we come to the Eagles. The Eagles won a very convincing game against Atlanta last week to the excitement of their fanbase, but the Falcons could prove to be the worst team in the league this season.
Jalen Hurts was a big reason for excitement with a great statistical performance, but his lack of downfield throws and the reliance on receivers to make plays at or near the line of scrimmage against a terrible Atlanta defense should force Philly fans to keep the expectations in check.
Hurts will likely prove to be the biggest threat for the Bucs amongst the rest of the NFC East players, but even he won’t be enough to truly scare Tampa.
There is a long season to go, but the Buccaneers shouldn’t worry much about the rest of their NFC East opponents. 4-0 should be the expectation.
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