The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter Week 10 in a pretty good state after taking Week 9 off. They are currently 6-2 and lead the NFC South by a game over the New Orleans Saints. Several results in other games broke the Bucs’ way while they rested, and now it is up to the club to take advantage of their good fortune.
The first order of business is getting healthy. The Bucs will hit the field again missing several key contributors like tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Wideout Chris Godwin also looks to be a game time decision to determine if he plays against Washington.
There also could be some key returns, however, to bolster the team. Starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and receiver Scotty Miller may not be too far away from hitting the field again. The Bucs certainly hope to have both healthy and ready to in preparation for a long playoff run.
The Bucs also brought back some familiar depth at receiver in former Buccaneer Breshad Perriman. Tight end Darren Fells, who was released earlier this week by the Detroit Lions, was added to Tampa Bay’s practice squad and will offer depth for the ailing Gronkowski.
Regarding the on-field action, Tampa Bay will take on the 2-6 Washington Football Team, losers of 4 straight entering Sunday’s action. Washington has been one of the more disappointing teams so far in 2021, as they were expected to contend for the playoffs coming off their NFC East division title last year.
Washington has some talent, but really nowhere near the firepower of the Bucs. A loss to the Football Team would not only be the team’s second straight but negate the gain in the standings that took place last week. This is the time and the game for Tampa Bay to start flexing its muscles as experienced, defending champions.
The state of the Buccaneers as they begin the back end of their season is very optimistic. The only playoff bye and top seed in the conference are very much still in the team’s reach but going forward it is all about taking matters in their own hands and controlling their own destiny. Their performance against the Washington Football Team should be a warning from Tampa Bay to the rest of the league that they plan on the road to the Super Bowl will go through Raymond James Stadium.
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