The Buccaneers head into Atlanta without primary receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Austin Seferian-Jenkins returned to practice in limited roles, leaving us with some hope that our tight end would return, to the field of play. This will not be the case, as his shoulder injury will keep him from the game today. Injuries like this just take some time to heal.
Jameis Winston will face one of his most difficult tasks today. Jameis, down primary weapons in his arsenal, will have to overcome a tough Atlanta secondary. The offense adjusted to this loss in personnel, by promoting Adam Humphries, and the return of Russell Shepard. Wide receiver Mike Evans steps up to the number one receiver slot, Shepard to number two, putting Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries at three and four. If Doug Martin has another 100-yard game today, he will relieve much-needed pressure off of Jamies Winston, and allow the rookie to stay calm and perform well.
Another 100-yard game today would also place Doug Martin among the ranks of Buccaneer history as one of the best four-game stretches.
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be returning to his former stomping ground a place where he previously defeated Tampa, 56-14. Therefore, I expect the offense to show different looks that will confuse Atlanta’s secondary and keep them off balance. After last week’s defensive debacle in Washington, the Buccaneers Defense should see new life as it did play well in the first half of The Redskin’s game but ultimately ran out of steam in the end.
Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones will be the targets to stop today. But Matt Ryan has another talent he can target as well. As long as Tampa’s defense maintains aggressiveness and the team as a whole stays away from penalties; we should come out on top of this uphill battle.