The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been plagued with injuries over the past few weeks and will be down a bunch of key players, mostly wide receivers, heading down the two-game stretch of the season. This week, the Buccaneers have Four key players listed as questionable.
Ryan Jensen has been dealing with a sprained elbow ligament and is listed as questionable despite fully participating in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. It was told to us that he will wear a brace and play this week. So that’s one we can count on.
Another we can count on playing is quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston is listed as questionable heading into week 16 despite being able to fully participate in practice on Thursday. We’ve seen this before, and I highly doubt that the Bucs will be without their league-leading passer.
Jameis Winston, who just threw for over 450 yards in back to back games, sits atop the NFL with 4,573 yards and has the chance to place his name among some of the most elite QBs in NFL history over the next two games.
If he can continue his 450 plus yards per game over the next two games, he will have thrown for over 5,473 yards for the season. Highly unlikely, but not impossible. 5,473 yards would place him just shy of #2 in NFL history for single-season passing yards, which is held currently by Drew Brees with 5,476 yards. However, if we go by Winston’s current passing yard average per game at 326.6, he could theoretically throw for 653.3 yards in each of the next two games giving him a grand total of 5,226 yards for the year. Those numbers are good enough still to place his name among the greats by surpassing Drew Brees’ 2016 numbers of 5,208 and put him at 4th overall in NFL history for a single season and atop Brees’ 5,177 yards in 2012 and 5,162 yards in 2013, “Big-Ben” Roethlisberger’s 5,129 yards in 2018, Patrick Mahomes Rookie season numbers of 5,097 in 2018, Dan Marino’s 5,084 yards passing in 1985, which made him the 1st in NFL history, youngest to achieve 5,000 yards in NFL history, and Drew Brees again in 2008 when he threw for 5,069 yards and Matthew Stafford’s 5,038 yards in 2011.
If Winston surpasses any of these numbers, I’d think he would have to be the first to do it with a broken thumb, but don’t hold me to that one, and he is going to have to do it without his primary receivers. Regardless of whether or not he does achieve this feat, he’s played one heck of a season and is likely to get a big fat contract out of it.
Carlton Davis is also listed as questionable, and we will need him as the Bucs will be facing DeAndre Hopkins this week. We will need all hands on deck! Davis is dealing with an ankle injury and did not practice for the first two days and was limited in Thursday’s practice, so fingers crossed that he can be out on the field to help handle Hopkins, who has 1,142 yards on the season, 7 touchdowns, and averages 81.6 yards a game.
Donovan Smith is listed as questionable with an Ankle, and a Knee injury that kept him sidelined last week, but Josh Wells stepped in for him and played quite well. Smith was listed as doubtful last week, so this week’s listing of questionable is an improvement. Hopefully, he can be out there. But as I said, Wells stepped up and did his job last week against the Lions.
The Texans are 3 point favorites over the Buccaneers this Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, but I like the Buccaneers to pull this one out with a score of Buccaneers 26 – Texans 20.