The Buccaneers are coming off a tough loss to the 49ers and they haven’t done much to show us that a major bounce back is on the horizon.
The loss to the 49ers was one of the worst for the Buccaneers during the Tom Brady era. The score wasn’t even close and the Bucs barely put up a fight on the field or with their coaching staff.
This Bucs team is very far from being close to good and the bad news for them is that the rest of the season isn’t going to get much easier.
Sure, the NFC South opponents don’t look bad (even those the Bucs already have one loss to the Panthers and barely beat the Falcons), but the real danger comes from the Bengals this week.
Joe Burrow and company started slow, but they are emerging as one of the scariest teams in the league. Their hot streak over the past few weeks has seen them defeat the Chiefs and Titans as well as the dismantling of the Panthers and the Falcons.
This team isn’t one to trifle with.
The issue with this game for the Bucs is that the Bengals and their offense are an excellent counter to what the Buccaneers want to do. A pass-heavy offense that scores fast is going to dominate the Bucs if they keep struggling with these injuries to their secondary, and even the Bengal defense will be able to hold one of the worst offenses in the league down.
This isn’t one of those games to count on the Buccaneers dominating. Everything we have seen over the past few weeks from both teams tells us that this is also likely to be a very long game for the team in pewter and red.
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