June 15, 2021

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Twenty-nine, and thirty-two; No, they aren’t a debit pin, they are the ranks of the Arizona Cardinals (280.7 yards), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (293.5 yards) for passing yards allowed per game (respectively). On the other side of the coin, the Bucs are sixth in passing yards against (277.4 yards), and the Cardinals come in at 19th (223.9 yards). Make no mistake about it. Kyler Murray can sling the football when needed. He has three games this year, passing for over 300 yards (349, 340, 308 yards). Pretty sure he is going to notch his career-best in total yards this Sunday in Tampa. He’s thrown for far more than that in games in Oklahoma just last year.

I have a feeling this game is going to be a shootout.

There’s no doubt that Jameis Winston will stack up some sweet stats as he has shown he can do that when needed, but so will Kyler Murray. Stopping the Cardinals’ offense will be one of the things our defense has to cover without fail. It is not just their receivers and running backs catching passes, (RB, David Johnson is back, and Kenyan Drake was obtained recently), but the prowess that Murray has for running the football. To prove that point, last year at Oklahoma, Murray stacked up 1,001 yards rushing, and twelve touchdowns via the run. That’s more than many pure running backs were able to tally up for 2018.

Murray brings a lot to the table.

I would think Bowles would have a defender shadowing Murray and heading off his run threat. He is a smaller size quarterback 5’10”, making him the shortest in the league, and weighs in at around 210 lbs. Murray declined to run the 40 at the NFL Combine, and Oklahoma’s Pro Day. Murray was asked what his time was the last time it was taken, and he said “I haven’t run a 40 in like two, three years. I ran a 4.3.”

So is Murray faster now? “I think so” – Kyler Murray per heavy.com.

Not since Michael Vick (4.25) has there been a quarterback with such lethal speed except for maybe Lamar Jackson.

David Johnson will be suiting up for this game, and Kenyan Drake is hot right now, so he is capable of doing some real damage on the ground as well. The Bucs D has done well against some of the best backs in the league, so probably no worries on that front.

On the flip side

RoJo, who had been recently named the starter, should see a significant rise in carries than he saw last week. It would be a good thing for the Bucs to feed him the ball more in this game. Keeping his involvement in the offense at a fairly high touch count is a must for Leftwich and the offense if they want to be a complete offense and not the one-dimensional one that has lost 6 games already.

It’s a fact that this is not your average Cardinals team.

The rebuild and overhaul of the Cardinals seems to be coming along nicely, and they cannot be written off. I’m going to take a shot at the final score and say the Bucs win a close one 41-38 thanks to a late Matt Gay field goal, his second on the day. Go Bucs!!

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