My whole routine is thrown off.
Every Sunday for the past two and a half years I do the same thing. Wake up, have some coffee in my Bucs mug and at 10 PST I watch the Bucs play. Sometimes, on the rare occasion, I have to wait until 1 PST… in that case I have two cups of coffee. But this week, the Bucs aren’t playing on Sunday (and it’s not because they’re on a bye). This week, the Bucs play on MONDAY NIGHT!
The Bucs haven’t played a Monday night game since December of 2008. On that night Jeff Garcia and the Bucs lost to the Carolina Panthers. The highlight was Antonio Bryant’s amazing one-handed diving touchdown grab. The low lights, were DeAngelo Williams AND Jonathan Stewart rushing for more than 100 yards and 2 TDs EACH!
This time though the Bucs are having a Monday-Night rematch with the Indianapolis Colts. These two teams played on Monday night in 2003. The Bucs took a 21-point lead into the 4th quarter, only to watch Peyton Manning rally all the way back to beat us in overtime.
But that was the past…
This time Josh Freeman and the Bucs are taking on the Curtis Painter and the Colts. No Peyton Manning. And you know what? I’m kind of disappointed.
This was the chance for this group of Buccaneers to show, on a national scale, that they belong with the big boys. This was supposed to be Freeman’s coming out party. Instead, the Bucs have nothing to gain, and everything to lose.
If the Bucs win big, everyone will say that’s what we’re supposed to do. If for some reason the Bucs lose to Painter and the Colts, everyone will says it proves the Bucs aren’t for real.
And here’s what really worries me. Every year the Bucs inexplicably lose a game they shouldn’t. Last year it was against Detroit. Two years ago it was to JaMarcus Russell and the Raiders. Both of those losses ultimately cost us a trip to the playoffs. The Colts, with their shouldn’t-even-be-a-2nd-string QB, are prime to play spoiler.
The defense is still pretty good, Freeney and Mathis can bring it (just ask Ben Roethlisberger). I’m not so worried about the Colts offense, but I am worried about the Bucs offense. We have a hard time finding the endzone, and Freeman hasn’t exactly been careful with the ball so far this year.
Ultimately, the Colts could finish as the worst team in the league this year. If Tampa wants to prove it’s a good team, it has to take care of business. This should be a game
About the Author
Written by Justin Chechourka
Born and raised in California, I inexplicably became a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. Now I bleed red and pewter. The best part of being a Bucs fan in California... I never have to worry about blackouts.