While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers woke up on Sunday mornining without a game to be played in the afternoon, moves were still being made in preparation for when the team does hit the field.
The Bucs have Sunday off, instead playing under the bright lights of Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles. It's a game that will tell us a lot about who this team is and just how good it can be. A 2-0 start has the Bucs grabbing attention from folks who had already written them off, but the biggest test of their season awaits in Week 3.
Beating the Vikings on the road was an impressive way to start the season, even if Minnesota isn't exactly playing its best football right now. Handling the Bears a week later in the home opener isn't buying the Bucs a ton of credit either, but good teams are supposed to beat bad ones.
With the Bucs 2-0 heading into a tough matchup against Philly, Baker Mayfield and company need to continue to build on the good things that have been happening over the first two weeks. Nobody needs a win -- although, as Herm Edwards once shouted at the media like Abe Simpson to clouds -- you play to win the game. That being said, if the Bucs continue to show growth and hang tight with a Super Bowl contender, the hype will be undeniably real.
Not everyone is is going to be healthy for the tilt, though, as two players have already been ruled out for the Monday Night showdown.
Buccaneers inactives Week 3: Two players already ruled out
Once again the Buccaneers will be without rookies Calijah Kancey and SirVocea Dennis, who have both been ruled out for Monday Night Football.
Kancey continues to deal with a calf injury that was aggrataved during Week 1's win over the Vikings. He was able to start and make his debut for the Bucs, but Kancey only lasted a few played before being taken out. He asn't played another snap since.
While it's frustrating to not have the rookie out there, especially with how great he looked in the small sample size we saw, sitting him seems to be the best for his long term health. Calf injuries can quickly turn into something much worse, just ask Jets fans and Aaron Rodgers.
Kancey was held out of all three Bucs preseason games with the same calf injury, so rushing him back is the exact opposite of a good idea.
Dennis is the flip side of Kancey, as we've seen him suit up for the Bucs in the preseason but he has yet to make his regular season debut. There's a ton of hype around the Pittsburgh linebacker, a guy who some believe could one day succeed LAvonte David or Devin White in either of the roles they have with the team.
For as good as the Bucs defense has looked so far this season, we have yet to see what it looks like when both Kancey and Dennis are healthy. They were an amazing duo while on the same field at Pitt, something that has Bucs fans excited to see what it looks like when they reunite in Tampa Bay.