Recent off routing the Inexperienced Bay Packers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the lead within the NFC South whether or not or not COVID curtails Sunday’s sport with the Raiders.
The Buccaneers (4-2) began their greatest gauntlet of the season with a 38-10 win over the Packers (4-1) in Week 6. The schedule stays robust with the Saints (3-2), Panthers (3-3), Los Angeles Rams (4-2) and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (5-1) earlier than December.
5 keys that can make or break the Bucs within the NFC South title chase embody enjoying to the offense’s strengths, slicing down penalties and changing a key loss on the defensive entrance.
Feed Ronald Jones & Leonard Fournette
Operating backs Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette have to maintain doing what they’re doing, carrying the load within the floor sport.
Jones averages sufficient yardage for a 1,000-yard season, and Fournette gives a complement within the backfield with 5.1 yards per carry. LeSean McCoy will assist if he can return to 2019 type at the very least.
Sporting Information’ Vinnie Iyer wrote that rookie again Ke’Shawn Vaughn might additionally make one thing occur, particularly as a pass-catching again.
Unfold the Ball With Antonio Brown & Different Weapons
Antonio Brown makes the Buccaneers receiving corps deeper as quarterback Tom Brady has loads of targets already. Brady discovered eight completely different receivers final outing.
Star large receiver Chirs Godwin returned from damage and caught 5 passes for 48 yards. Fellow star receiver Mike Evans seems stellar with six touchdowns in six video games. Receiver Scotty Miller emerged as one other strong goal with 16 yards per catch this 12 months, and receivers Justin Watson and Tyler Johnson common greater than 13 yards per reception.
Tight finish Rob Gronkowski regarded like his previous self towards the Packers with 5 receptions for 78 yards and his first TD of the season. The Bucs even have Cameron Brate, who has a TD this season, in mitigating the lack of O.J. Howard.
Keep away from the Flags
Packers sport apart, the Buccaneers dedicated 42 penalties for 410 yards within the first 5 weeks of the season.
Penalties have maligned the Buccaneers for some time as Iyer noticed, being one of many most-penalized groups round. Tampa Bay did the Chicago Bears a favor in Week 5 with 11 penalties for 109 yards.
Brady didn’t respect it in accordance with the Boston Globe. It modified in a rush with the Bucs posting their first penalty-free sport since 1999.
Substitute Vita Vea
Tampa’s protection took successful Oct. eight when defensive deal with Vita Vea suffered an ankle damage late within the sport at Chicago. ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported that Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians formally confirmed the probably season-ending loss Oct. 9.
Laine famous that Vea constantly drew double groups, liberating up linebackers Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul to make performs.
Each Laine and CBS Sports activities’ Jared Dubin talked about Rakeem Nunez-Roches as a alternative for Vea. Dubin added William Gholston or Khalil Davis might fill the void at that the Bucs might go along with a four-man entrance extra typically.
Tom Brady vs. Trial
Brady’s fourth-down debacle towards Chicago seems like an anomaly after aiding the Bucs in a win over the once-unbeaten Packers.
He’s nonetheless Tom Brady, who led 9 New England Patriots groups to Tremendous Bowls. As Iyer famous, a few of these groups had sluggish begins and Brady thrived on dealing with such challenges.
As well as, Brady nonetheless exhibits glimpses of slinging the ball round as he did with 5 TD passes in a Week Four comeback win over the Los Angeles Chargers.