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The Bucs are recharged coming off the bye week and so are we with

Postby liny195 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:21 am

this week’s bold predictions. Both teams enter this game with the season hanging in the balance. Tampa Bay had a plethora of issues to fix over the extra week. Did they figure out how to correct said issues or are they problems that linger throughout the season?There won’t be an official answer until Sunday , but until then, ease your mind with these predictions for the divisional showdown in Week 6.1. Julio Jones will catch his first two touchdowns of the season (Evan)When I said ease your mind, I lied. Jones averages around 1,293 yards a season, but only about six touchdowns coming into 2018. He has yet to score this year.As great as Jones is as a player, he is oddly allergic to the end zone. That will change this weekend.Jones is no stranger to success when it comes to playing Tampa Bay. No matter what, he always finds a way against the Bucs.I'll let Greg Auman of the Athletic expound my point:Yea. Let that sink in for a minute or two.Tampa Bay’s defense is trash and I haven’t seen enough from Mike Smith over the past two seasons to think anything will improve on Sunday.Jones makes his hay - and many fantasy owners happy - on Sunday.2. The Bucs rush for over 100 yards as a team (Evan)The Falcons have allowed at least 113 yards on the ground in four of five games on the season. They lost three of those, with the one victory coming against the Carolina Panthers. The Bucs, on the other hand, have rushed for 100 yards as a team just once in four games. That came in the Week 1 victory against the New Orleans Saints. Since Week 1, they have averaged a terrible 55 yards per game on the ground and are officially the worst rushing team before contact heading into Week 6.Something has to give this weekend between the two teams. Atlanta could be without Pro Bowl DT Grady Jarret for the second straight week, which would be a major victory for the Bucs’ offensive line. Jarrett is one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL, even though the Falcons were giving up an average 119 rushing yards per game before his injury. Tampa Bay should have a temporary solution for the ground game after the extra week and I expect it to come to full fruition against the Falcons.3. There will be at least (10+) 20-yard plays from both teams, combined. The Falcons average right around five plays of 20 yards or more per game and give up an average of four. The Bucs average around five as well and give up about five. Expect things to stay on track this weekend. 4.Ryan Smith receives more playing time over Brent Grimes at some point for consecutive weeks. (Alex)Since returning from injury Womens Gerald McCoy Jersey , Grimes has been picked on by opposing teams in the only two games he has played this season. Is it rust? Age? Match ups? The Buccaneers need Grimes to be at his best in order for this defense to improve. Ryan Smith played the best game of his career in week two and since then has seen very limited action outside of the second half of week four, which again, he played good football. Grimes will struggle again this week and Tampa Bay will turn to Smith for help. 5. Jameis Winston has the best all around game of his career. (Alex)It might not be the boldest prediction because the Atlanta Falcons simply don’t have a good defense, but it’s something I think will happen come Sunday. Look, Winston is a lot better then the national media paints him out to be and throughout his career he has actually played some of his best ball against the Falcons. Outside of O.J. Howard, who isn’t likely to play this week, the rest of the offense is healthy and ready to go against a banged up Falcons defense. This game provides an opportunity for Tampa Bay to get back on track with their starting quarterback of the future. Can Jameis get the Bucs back on track?Quinn Harris-USA TODAY SportsWe saw it throughout the preseason, Winston is ready to go this year and is on a mission to prove people wrong. Winston goes for over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. BOOK IT. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will be on the same practice field for a couple days, though their football careers will be forever linked.They practiced on the same field Wednesday for one period as Winston's Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out with Mariota's Tennessee Titans. There wasn't time for any chit chat between them."I just know he's a great guy, and I just love seeing him out here competing," Winston said.NFL fans know more than that. They are both quarterbacks. They are both Heisman Trophy winners, and they were the first players drafted in 2015.But they didn't get a chance watch one another practice, much less catch up on things."It was separate, so I didn't really get a chance to go see him Womens Donovan Smith Jersey ," Mariota said.The decision by Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter and first-year Titans coach Mike Vrabel for their teams to work out together before Saturday night's preseason game brought back up the Winston-Mariota debate.The two worked out together before the 2015 NFL draft out in California. Titans general manager Jon Robinson worked with Tampa Bay when the Buccaneers chose Winston as the No. 1 pick overall over Mariota. Now Robinson has Mariota as the first of those two quarterbacks not only to reach the playoffs but win a game once in the postseason."Mariota, he just does a great job and the Tennessee Titans have a good football team," Winston said. "We have a good football team too. We just have to win more games. It's always good to compete against guys, but he's done a great job here and I have to continue to work on my craft and lead our team to the playoffs."The Bucs will be without Winston for the first three games this season as the quarterback sits out a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The NFL announced the suspension in June after the league investigated an allegation Winston groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.That's why Ryan Fitzpatrick started the Bucs' exhibition opener, a 26-24 win over Miami, and Winston worked with the second-team. Koetter said Fitzpatrick got the majority of the work with the Bucs' first-team offense when they worked on a separate field against the Titans' defense.Winston and Mariota will practice against each other again Thursday in the second of joint practices between the Bucs (1-0) and Titans (0-1). Then Fitzpatrick is expected to start again Saturday night.Koetter declined to compare where Winston and Mariota are now as quarterbacks going into their fourth seasons, happy with Winston."I'm not a good person to ask that, because I coach Jameis and I rarely get a chance to watch Marcus," Koetter said. "We know where Jameis is at, you've documented that many times. I can't compare the two because I rarely get to watch Marcus."Not only does Mariota have the edge over Winston in the NFL with a playoff victory, he also has two very big wins. Mariota and Oregon routed Winston and Florida State 59-20 in the College Football Playoff semifinal in January 2015 . Mariota also is 1-0 against Winston and the Bucs with a 42-14 win in the quarterbacks' NFL debut in 2015.The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner said he's never really been concerned with being linked to Winston during the pre-draft process or since. Mariota knows who he is and focuses on trying to improve himself."It's always kind of interesting our paths cross again," Mariota said. "But it is good to see him, and hopefully we'll just continue to find ways to get better and look back on it and just kind of laugh about it."Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker

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