Perhaps the fifth time will be the charm for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That's the hope after the team has lost four straight games after its bye week, and hasn't won a game since the beginning of October.
Last Sunday's loss in Houston was one of the worst defeats the Bucs have suffered in some time. It was demoralizing on every possible level, and was the type of meltdown that begins to seriously beg questions about job security moving forward.
Nobody was fired and zero personnel changes were made, but it felt like a last straw sort of game. If things don't start improving this week, it might be the beginning of the end for more than a few Buccaneers.
Failing to win on Sunday -- again -- might set off a chain reaction that leads to the Bucs not winning another game until December. Tampa Bay's next two games are against the 49ers and Colts, both games on the road and against teams fighting for playoff spots.
San Francisco has lost three straight and will be looking to continue its bounce back, and the Colts are hardly an easy out. The next winnable game isn't until December against Carolina, but at that point who knows where the Bucs will be.
Tampa Bay needed a win last week to get right and failed to make it happen. Things feel even worse than they were before, but all it takes is one game to start turning the season around.
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Winning won't come easy on Sunday, not that it has any of the other Sundays since the bye week. Tennesee comes to town very much in the same place as the Bucs, were they're a better team than their record indicates.
Rookie quarterback Will Levis has given the Titans a bit of a boost in his first two starts, and he's probably licking his chops after seeing what C.J. Stroud did last weekend. Two rookies shredding the Bucs would be alarming, but it's something some fans are bracing thmselves for after what they've been subjected to over the last four games.
Derrick Henry and the run game will provide some problems for the Bucs, as will the passing game that features a resurgent DeAndre Hopkins. After the way Carlton Davis looked in Week 9, and how mightily the secondary has struggled, it's going to be interesting to see if the unit can turn things around or if it will once again buckle under pressure.
- Date: Sunday, November 12th
- Start Time: 1:00 pm ET
- Location: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, FL
- TV Channel: CBS
- Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
- Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM | More Affiliates
- Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket | Fubo (Local only)