Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally win a game? That's the big question heading into Week 10, as the Bucs try to end a four-game losing streak before it truly begins to sink their season.
Things have been utterly disastrous since the bye week. Tampa Bay is 0-4, has struggled to get anything going on offense, and has watched its defense start to crack. Baker Mayfield has played decently and there are other bright spots like Antoine Winfield Jr., but not enough to lift the Bucs out of the sinkhole they appear to be in.
Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans is more of the same. It's a game the Bucs should win, but is also one they absolutely can't afford to lose. That was the case last week in Houston, a game the Bucs not only lost but did so in a manner that suggests the wheels are starting to loosen to the point of flying off.
Blowing a lead in under 40 seconds is brutal, and it's the type of stuff that threatens to derail the season entirely. As bad as things seem, a win on Sunday will go a long way in getting things back on track. The Bucs are just a few games out of first place in the NFC South and have plenty of time to rebound before it's too late.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers inactives this week
Once again, the Bucs are dealing with a slew of injuries that won't make Sunday any easier. Josh Hayes had already been ruled out and Matt Feiler was doubtful on Friday, although that injury is less impactful. Aaron Stinne was named the new starting guard for the Bucs in place of Feiler, one of the first changes the team has made amid the four game skid.
One concern heading into the weekend was the late addition of Calijah Kancey to the injury report. He was limited on Friday and officially listed as questionable, as was fellow rookie Trey Palmer.
Carlton Davis III, who had a really rough week against the Texans, was a late scratch on Sunday morning. According to Rick Stroud, Davis will miss Sunday's game with a toe injury, but Jamel Dean is expected to play after clearing concussion protocol.
Buccaneers inactives Week 10:
- Carlton Davis III, CB
- Josh Hayes, CB
- Matt Feiler, OG
- Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB
- David Wells, TE
Sean Murphy-Bunting is making his return to Tampa Bay after leaving for Tennessee in free agency. He won't be suiting up, though, as he's still dealing with a thumb injury and was ruled out.