The Bucs will return to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday to take on Bruce Arians’ former team, the Arizona Cardinals. The Bucs fell in overtime in Seattle last Sunday by a score of 40-34, and that was a game that Tampa Bay really should have won, but unfortunately, it came down to mistakes. The Cardinals are off to a better start this season than I thought they would be at 3-5-1, and Kyler Murray has played a significant role in that. He has performed better than most thought for a rookie as he has thrown for 2,229 yards, nine touchdowns, and four interceptions.
The Bucs have only won two games this season, but those were road wins, but I would take any marks in the win column. However, we have yet to win a home game this season, even if one was overseas. The last time these teams met was in Glendale, Arizona. Arians coached the Cardinals to a 40-7 slaughtering of the Buccaneers. The last time the Cardinals visited Raymond James Stadium, they defeated the Bucs 13-10.
The Bucs come into the game -4.5 against the spread, according to Sports Illustrated. If the Bucs are to win this game, Jameis Winston has to avoid turning the ball over, and that starts with the offensive line, giving him time to find Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and the team has to limit stupid mistakes.
I am very confident that Tampa Bay can get this win at home Sunday, but the mistakes have the be prevented. The defense has to contain Kyler Murray. Last week against the Seahawks, the defense did not have a good game. Once the Seahawks won the toss, I had a bad feeling. The Buccaneers will need to address the turnovers on both sides of the ball this week in practice and figure out how to correct them. A win is desperately needed right now, especially at home.