Week 14 Preview: Bucs vs. Colts


Tampa Bay will try to get its third win in a row on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts started off the season well, yet they have lost four of their last five games and now have an even record of 6-6.


Key To Winning: Strong Offensive Line Play

With Alex Cappa sitting this game out, it will certainly be a challenge for the Buccaneers offensive line to provide enough time for Jameis Winston in the pocket. If given time, Winston should have a good game against the Colts defense, which is ranked 12th in the league at them moment.

Beyond that, finding a way to run the ball is crucial once again. Speaking of Tampa’s running game, it will be interesting to see how Ronald Jones bounces back from getting benched last week. Obviously, he is expected to play with a chip on his shoulder and solidify his position as the starting running back of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Indianapolis Will Rely On The Running Game

The Colts run the ball often and they run it well. Starter Marlon Mack did not fully practice this week. He is expected to suit up against the Bucs, however. If Tampa Bay finds a way to take away the Colts’ run game they practically take away a major part of their offense. Young quarterback Jacoby Brissett would be forced to do a lot, most likely too much for him to handle, especially with his top target T.Y. Hilton not playing due to an injury.

However, stopping the run will not be easy this time, as the Bucs face one of the best offensive lines they have faced all year. Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea will have their hands full this time. Quenton Nelson and the Colts strong offensive line are a tough challenge for the Buccaneers’ defense.


Conclusion: The Bucs Stay Red Hot, Win Third Game In A Row

Look for Tampa’s defense to play even better than it has lately. Neither Mack nor Brissett can get the Colts offense going. The Bucs force two turnovers and allow no more than 13 points.

Jameis Winston plays ok. He passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. He does turn the ball over twice, however. His performance will be enough to beat the Colts. The Buccaneers win and avoid another 5-11 season.


Final score: 

Colts: 13

Buccaneers: 24



Source: NFL.com

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