This is the first season since I’ve been watching the NFL that week 17 won’t be the final regular-season game. Is anyone else having to constantly remind themselves, others, that there is a week 18 regular season slate of games? If I had a quarter for every “that’s right, there is a 17 game schedule now” response from the people I talk football with. I would have $2.75! It is definitely an adjustment, even for a team like the Buccaneers.
I’m also asking myself the question: Has the Bucs’ offense found its formula with the balanced attack of runs and passing? I certainly hope so. Tampa Bay used a running back by the committee against the Panthers and accounted for 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Captain Brady went 18/30 for 232 yards and one touchdown. I think this is the formula necessary to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
Tampa Bay’s coaching staff has done an excellent job all season and will continue to do so. Hopefully, we can get some weapons back on offense, as injuries have really piled up recently.
There are no easy games in the NFL, especially on the road. Both starting pass rushers have been ruled out. Sherman, Winfield, Mike Evans, and Antonio Brown are listed as questionable.
The Jets are averaging 18.1 points per game on offense while giving up an average of 29.9 points per game on defense.
The Bucs are the defending Super Bowl champs and will continue to receive team’s best shot every week. While the Jet’s postseason dreams ended a few weeks back. The players are still performing for future contracts, pride, a chance to prove themselves to the Jets organization; other teams. The Bucs have a chance to tie the franchise’s best record of 12-4 with a win.
If the Bucs win out, it would be a franchise record 13 win season. The game can be seen on Fox at 1 PM EST. Happy New Year! Enjoy the game! Go Bucs!