Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans are hoping the fourth time is the charm in terms of the team finally getting back into the win column. It's been an utter disaster for the Bucs since their bye week, with the team posting a negative-23 point differential while going 0-3 and sinking to third place in the NFC South.
Things could not be going worse, but the Bucs are still just a win away from bouncing back into the playoff picture and turning things around.
A win on Sunday in Houston would get the Bucs back to .500, and possibly in a tie for the division lead. Atlanta has a tough game against Minnesota, where both teams will be starting backup quarterbacks, while the Saints have what might be an easy win against the Bears at home.
Hopefully that game against Chicago is a trap, but even if the Saints win the Bucs would be back in first place after the Saints bye week thanks to the tiebreaker -- assuming things trend back up for Tampa Bay.
That's why Sunday's game is so crucial. It's a matchup the Bucs should win, but it's also the type of game tailor made for them to struggle. There's still a lot of season left, but we're going to learn a ton about exactly where this team is when it goes up against the Texans.
What time do the Buccaneers play today? (November 5th)
It's been a a few weeks of wonky start times for the Buccaneers, but things get back to a normal schedule starting this week. While the Bucs still have at least two late-window games left this season, they won't be playing on any other day than Sunday.
There's the possibility that the Bucs could get flexed into primetime, but if that happens the most likely scenario would see them play on Sunday Night Football. Both ESPN and Amazon have the ability to flex games, but everything is at the NFL's discretion.
If the Bucs are going to get flexed, though, things will need to drastically change in order for their remaining games to matter that much. As for this week, the Bucs are back in the 1pm ET window.
- Date: Sunday, November 5th
- Start Time: 1:00 pm ET
- Location: NRG Stadium | Houston, TX
- TV Channel: CBS
- Announcers: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
- Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM | More Affiliates
- Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket | Fubo
The game will air on CBS, which is availble on Fubo and Paramount+, but will only be available locally. NFL Sunday Ticket is going to be what most fans will have to use if theyr'e outside of the Tampa area or they aren't in the viewing map area that is broadcasting the game.