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Week 4 Preview: Buccaneers vs. Cardinals

On Sunday, the winless Buccaneers will host the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium.

The headline here is obvious: this will be rookie Mike Glennon’s first career NFL start.  He takes over for Josh Freeman, who was benched this week after an ineffective first three games.

Glennon takes over an offense ranked 31st in total yards.  The Bucs have only scored 34 points in three games, and six of those came on an interception return.  So it’ll be a challenge for Glennon to put points on the board.  He does have Doug Martin in the backfield, who’s rushed for nearly 300 yards so far.  Expect him to see a lot more action in an attempt to take pressure off the rookie quarterback.  The Cards, however, are third-best in the league in stopping the run.  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson suffered a rib injury against the Patriots.  It’s unclear whether he’ll be able to play on Sunday.

Defensively, the Bucs will try to control the league’s 26th-ranked passer, Carson Palmer.  The Cardinals rank 23rd in total offense.  That’s bad, but not as bad as Tampa Bay.  And just as the Bucs got blown out in New England last week, Arizona suffered a similar fate in New Orleans.

Kickoff is at 1:00 on FOX.  Your announcers are Sam Rosen and Heath Evans.

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Week 3 Preview: Buccaneers at Patriots

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ new-found soap opera rolls into Foxboro this weekend for a matchup with the undefeated Patriots.

So, how many penalties will the Bucs end up with this time around? They had 13 in Week 1, and ten more in Week 2. The flags have been very costly. Can the Bucs clean up their act in a hurry? They’re going to have to, for them to have any chance to get a win in New England.

Josh Freeman is completing just 45% of his passes through the first two games. There are still plenty of rumblings surrounding his relationship with head coach Greg Schiano. We’ll let the local/national media deal with those “reports.” All we know is Freeman’s on-field performance has been less than subpar so far.

Dashon Goldson will play against the Patriots. His one-game suspension for his hit on Darren Sproles was overturned this week, though Goldson was fined $100,000.

With everything surround the Bucs these days, Doug Martin is not a player to be concerned with. He’s rushed for over 200 yards through the first two games.

The Patriots are off to a 2-0 start, though a lot of the talk has been about how un-Patriot-like they’ve played so far. You have to think – eventually they’re going to break out of their funk.

Kickoff is Sunday at 1:00 on FOX. For the third week in a row, your announcers are Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch. Lynch has had pretty of time already to criticize his former team.

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Week 1 Preview: Buccaneers at Jets

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The Bucs open the 2013 season on Sunday against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Here are three things to keep an eye on:

1. Darrelle Revis.  This is the headliner, obviously.  He’s playing his first game for Tampa Bay against his former team.  The Bucs acquired Revis in exchange for two draft picks just before this year’s draft.  Revis is recovering from a serious knee injury, and didn’t play at all in the preseason.  But he says he’s ready to go.  And why wouldn’t he want a little revenge against his former team?

2. The defense.  If the down linemen can’t get any pressure on the quarterback, then Revis, Dashon Goldson and the rest of the secondary can only cover for so long.  The Bucs had the worst pass defense in the league last year, and some (but hardly all) of that can be attributed to a lack of sacks.  The defensive front will be facing Geno Smith, the rookie out of West Virginia.  Some so-called pundits think Tampa Bay is catching a break in that regard.  I beg to differ.  Much of the buzz in New York has been about Smith, Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez.  But if the Bucs’ defense can’t muster any pass rush, it may not matter.

3. The offense.  Last year, Josh Freeman threw for over 4,000 yards.  But he’s been inconsistent, especially down the stretch of 2012, when a 6-4 record turned into 7-9 and no playoff berth.  He did not play well in the preseason for what it’s worth, and spent a lot of time on his back.  We still don’t know if Carl Nicks will be ready to go.  Davin Joseph is back after suffering a season-ending injury.  This unit has to do a better job of protecting the quarterback.  As for Doug Martin? No need to worry about him for the time being.

Kickoff is at 1:00 on FOX.  Your announcers are Kevin Burkhardt and former Buc John Lynch.

photo courtesy: Tampa Bay Times