Okay [b][url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/beau-allen-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/beau-allen-jersey[/url][/b] , we knew it couldn’t last forever, right? That at some point this season the Fitzmagic would run out. That said, fourth quarter come back in franchise history. The Buccaneers fell to the Steelers 30-27 in Raymond James in their final game without Jameis Winston. Now, will Winston start against the Bears given the rocky start by Fitz on Monday night? Possibly, but in all likelihood it seems as though Fitz should start off the short week.Anyway, lets dive into Pick Six (albeit, a slightly abbreviated one).Six Topics Suitable For Conversation1.) Midnight Strikes On Fitzmagic? That first half was ugly. No way around it. Fitz was getting rushed, making poor decisions, turning the ball over. It was bad. Then he comes out in the second half and returned (somewhat) to how he looked in the first two weeks. Seems as though Fitz served his purpose and did what no one believed he could - get the Buccaneers two wins in the first three weeks. The debate will rage on until a starter for Sunday is announced, but neither decision will surprise me.2.) Brent Grimes Looked...Rusty. It was a tough return for Grimes. He was slipping, getting beat, and overall looked like a guy who hadn’t been playing for three weeks. That’s to be expected. Grimes is still a phenomenal corner [b][url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/carlton-davis-jersey]Womens Carlton Davis Jersey[/url][/b] , but this was a tough matchup to return to. The secondary as a whole looked bad - for the second quarter. Other than that, they stood their ground and played well. Grimes should be looking like himself again in no time.3.) These Gerald McCoy Takes... How is it that McCoy misses a sack that could have gotten 4.) the Bucs the ball back with around two minutes left makes him the problem on this team? I swear, some people just love to cry about having one of the nest defensive tackles in the game if he doesn’t make one particular play. He was great throughout the game and missed a sack on Roethlisberger. Guess what - so does half the NFL. Roethlisberger is one of the toughest quarterbacks to bring down and the Bucs still managed to get to him three times - half of a sack credited to McCoy. Can’t pin this one on him, McCoy haters... 4.) Why The Force Feeding Of Godwin? Yes, I get it. The Bucs were undefeated when Godwin scored a touchdown. That said, the force feeding of him in the red zone with the drops - and fumble - he had was puzzling. Twice the Bucs had 1st and Goal from the 5 and settled for field goals both times. Neither possession had a single target towards Mike Evans who towers over every member of the Steelers’ secondary. I love Godwin, but he’s not the top guy. Feed the beast that wears number 13.5.) Kudos To Tony Dungy. The greatest coach in Buccaneers’ history finally got his due when he was enshrined in the Ring Of Honor at halftime. I don’t really have much to say about it that I didn’t already say in the “Chasing The Booty” column Gil and I released Monday morning, but I certainly wasn’t going to ignore it.6.) It Is Far From Panic Time. I saw some people on Twitter going FULL TILT during this game. Ready to fire the coaches, ready to trade everyone. It was insane. As I said on Twitter, at the end of last night - no matter the result - the Buccaneers are still lightyears ahead of where everyone projected them to be. No expert, no analyst gave them a snowball’s chance in Hell at winning one game, let alone being 2-1 and atop the NFC South during Winston’s suspension. This team is exactly that. If they were going to lose one of the three [b][url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-fitzpatrick-jersey]Authentic Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey[/url][/b] , the Steelers game was the one to lose. They’re 1-0 in the division, 2-0 in the conference. The Steelers loss will have no playoff tiebreaker implications for the Bucs should they get that far. Stop flipping out. Revel in the fact that this is a first place team right now. That, unlike in previous seasons they didn’t see the 30-10 deficit and roll over. They had the resiliency to fight, scratch, and claw all the way back and almost steal victory from the jaws of defeat. They weren’t going undefeated. No one does. We all know about that obnoxious Dolphins team that pops their champagne because it is such a rare feat. Yes, it sucked that it was a prime time game but guess what - if the Bucs keep playing this way, they’ll find themselves in a Sunday night flex game later on. This is a team that can compete. The sky is not falling.Six Numbers To Consider1 - Quarterbacks in NFL history with three consecutive 400+ yard games - Ryan Fitzpatrick6 - Consecutive Monday Night Football wins for Ben Roethlisberger35 - Career touchdowns by Mike Evans, now the all time leader for the Bucs (and he’s only 25 years old)4 - Consecutive games Chris Godwin has scored a touchdown11 - Passing touchdowns by Ryan Fitzpatrick, most through three games in Bucs’ history 15 - 100 yard receiving games by Mike Evans, tied for most in team history with Mark Carrier (Again, people...he’s twenty-five)Six Ways To Recover From The LossRemind yourself that despite the loss to the Steelers, it was the Steelers. I mean [b][url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-smith-jersey]Authentic Ryan Smith Jersey[/url][/b] , it’s not like the Bucs were favored by 16.5 points and lost at home to the Bills. Could you imagine that level of embarrassment?Breathe a sigh of relief that even though the Bucs lost their lone prime time game, none of us will be forced to endure Jason Witten’s “commentary” anymore. Can networks stop hiringformer Cowboys, now?Revel in the fact that Saints fans think they can talk trash to you after the loss, somehow forgetting they lost to the Bucs in week one. At home. Drop Ryan Fitzpatrick from your fantasy team and put in that waiver claim for Jameis Winston. You’ll thank me later.Smile knowing Bolts hockey is right around the corner.Get amped that the next Bucs game is only five days away!Six Best Tweets(In no particular order)Six Super Bowl Bets1.) Kansas City Chiefs - Are you kidding me with this Mahomes guy?2.) Los Angeles Rams - Gurley is a monster, that defense is unreal. Hands down NFC favorite3.) Jacksonville Jaguars - Minor setback, still an elite team4.) Minnesota Vikings - *See ‘Jacksonville Jaguars’*5.) Philadelphia Eagles - Wentz is back, Alshon isn’t far behind.9.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - No shame in their game. Bounce back vs Chicago comingSix Final WordsMagic Man In The Windy City? Make no mistake about it, this is a big game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and if they can find a way to win, they will be a game out of the playoffs with three games remaining.The Buccaneers will be playing host to th 10-2New Orleans Saints on Sunday. These teams last faced off in week 1, where the Buccaneers picked up a 48-40 road win. Both teams wont put up a combined 88 points again, but if the Buccaneers who are currently 9 ? point underdogs want to pull of the upset, here are the keys to the game. Win the turnover battle: I know [b][url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-jensen-jersey]http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-jensen-jersey[/url][/b] , its cliche, but I think this is there only shot to win this game. Over the last two weeks, Tampa Bay is +6 in the turnover battle and what do you know, they are 2-0 in those games. The defense must force a mistake or two, whether it be a fumble or interception and the offense must take care of the football. You aren’t going to have a repeat performance of last Sunday when the defense forced four turnovers, but it needs to be similar to week one, where they forced two crucial fumbles.If the Buccaneers are +2 in the turnover margin, they will have a chance to win this game in the fourth quarter. 2. Establish some sort of run game: Look, the Buccaneers won’t be a dominant running team the last four games of the season, but in order to beat the Saints, you need to keep Drew Brees off the field. Dirk Koetter cannot abandon the run game unless the team is down by multiple scores. If Peyton Barber can get 3-4 yards per carry throughout the game, especially on first downs that would be a huge success for this offense and would help set up one on one matchups on the outside in the play action passing game. Run the clock a bit more than usual in this one. 3. Red Zone defense: It’s no secret [b][url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/chris-godwin-jersey]Womens Chris Godwin Jersey[/url][/b] , the Saints will be able to move the ball against the Buccaneers defense. Heck, the Carolina Panthers had over 440 yards of offense last week, so there is no reason to think the Saints can’t do the same. The key will be holding them to field goals instead of touchdowns. The Buccaneers are allowing touchdowns on 85.37% of RZ trips this season, which is dead last in the NFL, by a wide margin. That cannot be the case on Sunday. 4. Don’t kill drives with penalties: This also isn’t a secret, the Buccaneers will be able to move the ball on Sunday. Too many times we have seen drives stall or result in field goals because of bad penalties on the offensive line. You cannot beat a 10-2 team by ruining drives with dumb penalties. Play smart clean football along the O-line and let Winston march the boys down the field. 5. Get some sort of pressure on Drew Brees:We saved possibly the most important aspect of the game for last. Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the league at getting the ball out quick. The defensive line needs to show up in this game for all four quarters and be relentless with their pass rush. You don’t necessarily have to get 4-5 sacks, but if you can effect some throws like they did last week, you will at least limit the big play ability from the Saints.
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