On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons‘ pass defense has been very suspect so far this year, and the Bucs will start their franchise quarterback Jameis Winston for the first time this season.
Hopefully Winston will find a way to be successful against a porous Atlanta pass defense. Mike Evans will most likely be covered by Desmond Trufant, and DeSean Jackson is expected to be defended by Robert Alford, Atlanta’s second cornerback. At first glance, Jackson’s matchup seems like the more favorable one, and the Bucs should try to feed Jackson lots of balls. On paper, Jackson’s unparalleled speed and quickness should be a mismatch against Atlanta’s Alford.
The Buccaneers would benefit in multiple ways from getting Jackson involved in the game. Great chemistry between him and Winston, something the Bucs have struggled with so far, is crucial for the Bucs‘ success, not only against the Falcons but also for the season in the long run.
Hopefully Tampa Bay will be able to exploit Atlanta’s weak defense and get Winston and the offense going. We will soon find out.