Buccaneers need a better plan for Bills than Patriots

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers have to throw the ball more than three times against the Bills if they want to win.

The Monday Night Football game between the Patriots and Bills in some of the worst outdoor conditions of the season looked like it was a view through a looking glass to the past. Three passes by the Patriots is absurd, especially when coming from a Buccaneers perspective on the topic.

Running the ball at the frequency New England did against the Bills would never work for the vast majority of the NFL in a million years. New England has a great run scheme, but that was still far from an impressive offensive performance. If the Bucs run the ball on every play but three against Buffalo this Sunday, they will get blown out.

Offenses are predicated by passing the ball in the modern era, which is part of the reason why there was so little offense present in the game on Monday night. Hopefully, no one took the over in that messy affair.

Obviously, there is still a place for the run, especially for a team like the Bucs with one of the better running backs in the league, but running that ball at that rate absolutely will not work for Tampa, so Byron Leftwich better not get any big ideas.

If the Buccaneers want to defeat the Bills, they must establish the pass, not the run.

Tampa rarely wins games when the passing offense isn’t humming, and the Bucs need Tom Brady to play one of his best games of the season if they want to come away with a win against a very good Bills team.

The Bucs should have a bit more faith in the prospect of shutting down the Buffalo offense after the game the other day, but they need to do everything differently on the offensive side of the ball if they want to pull out a win.

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