Who is first for Bucs? Guess the first week match

Aside from advanced exploration, NFL teams usually only get one week to prepare for their next opponent, perhaps a little less if they play on Monday, Thursday or Saturday. There is one big exception to that: the first week.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently wrapping up Phase Two of the Offseason Program and will soon be moving to Phase Three. This final phase allows for more advanced training exercises but is similar to the first two in that its goal is to lay the foundation for a more specific development of the bootcamp playbook. Young recipients learn where to line up, young recipients work on the movement of the feet, etc.

The real competition for jobs will begin in the training camp, as will the Buccaneers’ extended preparations for the first opponent of the regular season, quarterback coach Clyde Christensen indicated on Tuesday.

“Once you get to training camp, it’s all about winning on Opening Day,” Christensen said.

Thus, if there’s anything the coaches want to respond to with the annual reveal of the full schedule for next season, it’s the first team on their roster. With another day awaiting this massive dump of information Thursday night, I’ll be participating in another annual activity and trying to guess who the first week’s opponent (and where the game, if that happens) will be, will be a divisive enemy). As usual, I’ll take three stabs, giving me a 17.7% chance of being right simply by chance. me will You try to apply a little logical and educated guesswork, though.

Here are the options. House: Rams, Bengals, Packers, Chiefs, Crows, Panthers, Saints, Hawks, Seahawks*. Away: Cardinals, 49ers, Steelers, Browns, Cowboys, Panthers, Saints, Hawks.

First, we can omit two of the seventeen possibilities in a nutshell. You can see that the match against Seattle is listed under the opposing team’s players but is marked with an asterisk. That’s because this match was announced as the 10th match of the week in Munich, where he will face Tampa Bay and Seattle in the first-ever NFL game in Germany. This was announced last week. And unless the table makers break old traditions, neither will the rams. That’s an exciting game, but as the Super Bowl champions, the Rams are sure to get a home date at Week One Kickoff Game Thursday night. Bock’s game against Los Angeles will be in Tampa.

Now I’ll use some of my own reasoning to take a couple of other games out of consideration. Mind you, my reasoning might end up being flawed, but I have to figure out some way to narrow down the options. For example, the Bucs-Cowboys could be a whale of the game, but will the schedule makers give these two teams the same discount in the first week as they did last year? The last time this happened to the Bucs was 1984-1985 (in Chicago both times). This recently happened to Dallas but it’s because of the NFL looooves To kick off the season with a prime-time match between the Cowboys and the Giants. Also, I’m kind of hoping the Bucs get to have a Thanksgiving game this year in Dallas.

I will also be removing Green Bay and Kansas City. Once again, these are quite the standout matches centered around epic quarterbacks and Super Bowl hopefuls. The Bucs-Chiefs is a rematch of Super Bowl LV. My ‘logic’ here is that the NFL will consider those matches very Nice to put him in the first week, which will already have the Rams’ Kickoff (rumored to be against the Bills) and possibly a high-profile Super Bowl runner-up match, Cincinnati (more on that in a moment).

Finally, I’m going to take the New Orleans road game off the board. The Buccaneers have already started the recent 2018 and 2020 seasons with a game in the Superdome, and to do so again for the third time in five years seems very unrealistic to the schedule makers. I hope I don’t give them too much credit.

So here are my three first-week guesses, in no particular order (although I’m kind of fond of the first guess):

1. San Francisco (on the road)

I feel this is the right level of a famous match. It’ll be on that tent, but not necessarily this week’s headline. It’s easy to forget that San Francisco played in the NFC Championship game last year after finishing the season in a very straight streak. They might be working behind a new quarterback if the 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo switches over to Trey Lance’s 2021 first-round pick, but that only adds to the intrigue of this game. The league has gotten a lot of miles in recent years when it pointed out the massive age difference between Brady and some fresh-faced foes QB on the other sidelines.

The Buccaneers have played two of their last three games in their first week at home, so they are set to take part in a season-opening road trip. Conversely, the 49ers were sent on the road to start three of the last four seasons, including a long trip to Tampa in the first week of 2019. The turnaround looks like fair play.

Even if the 49ers go through an adjustment phase with a new midfielder as early as 2022, they will have a top-tier defense to back them up. San Francisco finished third in the Defensive Ranking for the regular season last year and didn’t allow any of the other seven contenders to gain 24 points. In the playoffs, the 49 players only allowed 15.7 points per game despite facing strong offenses like the Cowboys, Packers and Rams, all on the way. They have since added Charvarius Ward and defensive inside DJ Jones in their big free agency deals and used their first pick on promising edge Drake Jackson. The idea of ​​matching Brady and the Pirates’ number one attack against this defense should be attractive to table makers.

On the flip side, the Bucs-49ers game will put the team in the sixth most-rushed position of the past three seasons (San Francisco) against the league’s best defense of the period (Tampa Bay). The Buccaneers and Rams both bounced back from last year’s qualifiers by three points in last-minute decisions. Matching these two teams in the first week may give an early indication as to which of them will emerge as the primary contender for the Rams’ throne.

The Bengals don’t get any home guarantees in Week One as losers in last year’s Super Bowl, but it’s possible the league will want to give them some kind of spotlight with a major game. All four of the last Super Bowl runners-up have had Week One home games, but they’re almost (6-4) between home and road for the past 10 years.

If Kickoff’s Rams-Bills reporting is accurate, I love the sameness of pitting Bengals and Bucs in the same week. Each of the two teams from the Super Bowl will start with what is considered the best contender for the championship from the corresponding conference.

This one has a great quarterback story too. Tom Brady is clearly the goat and may never lose that title. But Joe Burrow is one of a handful of very young bystanders who will haunt Brady’s accomplishments over the next two decades. Just as Brady did in New England in the early days of the millennium, completing the transformation of an organization that had had only limited success prior to his arrival, Borough now appears capable of doing in Cincinnati.

The Bengals have been the most surprising team of the 2022 season, and their inspiring and surprising run on the brink of the title is perhaps the best story in the league after duo Matthew Stafford-Rams. This is a franchise that hasn’t seen much of the limelight for a long time, but I think the NFL will give them a lot of attention in 2022, and perhaps Burrow will confidently lead them to new heights for as long as they can.

And finally, don’t forget the Alex Cappa revenge factor. Cappa The Buccaneers left this off season for a big due contract in free agency as the Bengals worked overtime to mend their apparent weakness, a porous attacking streak. Cappa will seek to prove that Bucs should have broken the bank to keep it in place while Shaq Mason tries to prove that Tampa Bay is better at a proper sentry position.

Well, I’m totally kidding about the latter, but it would be fun if Kappa’s first real game for his new team was back in his old home stadium.

The Buccaneers have eight different teams from the 2021 qualifiers on their 2022 schedule, creating the potential for lots of different lightsaber games for the schedule makers to play in. Baltimore not One of those teams…but it definitely feels like one.

The Ravens simply couldn’t overcome an injury crush in the second half of the season, dropping from 8-3 and seemingly walking past the season to 8-9 with six straight defeats. Five of those six losses came by a margin of three points or less, including three incredible one-point decisions. Five of those six losses were also at the hands of the teams that Act Make the playoffs. With better health in 2022, it’s easy to consider Baltimore a prime post-season contender again, as the previous three seasons have been.

Last year is useful. When I made my three guesses in the first week before the 2021 schedule dropped, I picked three teams from the previous season’s stadium and thus failed to include the Cowboys. Dallas had only gone 6-10 the previous year but a large part of that was due to an injury early in the season that kept quarterback Dac Prescott. (And it’s a really bad defense, but that’s another story.) The schedule makers saw a standout team with Prescott back under the center position and rightly considered Dallas to be a contender.

I will not make this mistake again. Lamar Jackson is set to enjoy a season in better health after a frustrating campaign in which he missed five matches. And with Jackson on the field, the Ravens are not only a competitor, they are also a very interesting competitor. This would be another attractive match between the quarterbacks, but in this case two players with funnyly different styles. Jackson is one of the best running quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen while Brady tends to throw jokes on the post-game podium any time circumstances dictate that he takes off more than a few yards away. Brady’s drive for Box offense is that he can put together league-leading passing numbers without having to move around much.

The crows were also loaded into the draft with a globally lauded category and should be ready to make an impact right away. Safety Kyle Hamilton was among the top five in need, quarterback Tyler Linderbaum fell into his arms in 25th and defensive tackle Travis Jones should have helped immediately on the defensive front.

Baltimore has a lot to do as a team that deserves to be put under one of the brightest lights of its opening weekend. This may happen in Tampa.

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