Here’s another game where the most dramatic thing that will happen is whether or not the food orders are right on the cross-country flight to San Francisco. Perhaps this will be like the Bills game, where the Bucs come into it with such low expectations that they’re playing with house money in a trap game.
San Francisco seems far less susceptible to those types of losses though, and will be playing the Bucs at a time in their own schedule where things are gelling and Kyle Shanahan’s team is firing on all cylinders as it makes a push toward the playoffs.
All of that is bad news for a Bucs team that will be on its heels against a vastly superior opponent.
Buccaneers record: 3-7
Anthony Richardson is yet another top quarterback from the NFL Draft that the Bucs will have to face during his rookie season. Of the three, he feels like the biggest wild card as the rest of the Colts offense leaves a lot to desire.
He’s probably the most beatable of the rookies as well, and money should be on the Bucs finding a way to win this one. Jonathan Taylor is a fantastic player, but the ground game is going to be where Tampa Bay gets beat in this game and the Taylor might not be enough to take them over the edge.
Richardson could also have a showcase game against the Bucs, which is a theme throughout Tampa Bay’s season. This feels like a winnable game, but we all know how those sorts of games went last year with an even better roster.
It’s hard to find a ton of wins on the Bucs schedule, but they should be able to get one against Indy.
Buccaneers record: 4-7