Buccaneers fans must be a conflicted bunch following the 2015 season – on the one hand Jameis Winston showed that he has the potential to solidify the QB position which has been in flux since Brad Johnson (!) led the team to the Super Bowl title. On the other hand, the team collapsed in December leading to another 4th place finish in the NFC South and the firing of Head Coach Lovie Smith. This is a team that is hoping to come out of ‘rebuilding mode’ in 2016 and challenge for the top honours. With that in mind, we take a look at their opponents for the 2016 season. HOME AWAY Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers Los Angeles Rams Arizona Cardinals Seattle Seahawks San Fran. 49ers Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Oakland Raiders San Diego (LA) Chargers Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys
Nice & Easy
Chicago Bears What does Adam Gase moving on to become the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins mean for Jay Cutler? It would not be surprising to see a regression in his performance level, something that will spell trouble for the Chicago Bears. Cutler has struggled a lot in his career against athletic linebackers in the passing game and Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander could be key in a Tampa Bay victory here.
Arizona Cardinals The Arizona defense is so multiple in the way it defends the pass that it can cause problems for any passer, particularly one in only his second year. With a year of film available on the tendencies of Jameis Winston, the Cardinal defense will be looking to pressure the young passer into mistakes. For Tampa Bay to win this one, Winston must make a big leap in year two as a professional and avoid the big turnover.
Prime Time Potential
Atlanta Falcons While this won’t be the first time Dirk Koetter faces off against the Atlanta Falcons, it will be his first chance as a Head Coach to go against the team that let him go after the 2014 season. Divisional matchups are always looked upon favourably by the networks and the added spice of Koetter’s ‘return’ add the depth of intrigue that prime time games usually have.