Each week offers an opportunity for the coordinators and staff to examine their opponent’s weaknesses. In a week one rematch the Buccaneers will be taking on the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium to start the season. What better way to set the tone of the season with a strong win on the road? So here is one way the offense can attack their opponent.
Three Wide Receiver Set
It’s no secret the Buccaneers’ offense is filled with talent. Especially at the wide receiver position. So now in week one, it’s time to showcase it. Right off the whistle, the Buccaneers should be looking to utilize a three-wide receiver formation. This would put Mike Evans, Julio Jones (assuming Chris Godwin is unable to go), and Russell Gage Jr. out on the field at once.
This set of triplets becomes extremally dangerous if the can can catch the Cowboys in nickel. This could would leave Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis on the field at the same time. Last year Diggs only allowed one reception on five targets during the Buccaneers game so keeping him occupied on Evans or another receiver opens the other two corners to be exploited.
The Two Primary Targets
Jourdan Lewis, like Diggs, played in the first meeting between these two teams last year. In doing so he saw 49 snaps with 10 targets. He allowed five receptions that game, one for a touchdown, and 13.8 yards a reception. Byron Leftwich should be honing in on this, especially with Jones or Gage drawing his coverage. Last season Lewis allowed a completion percentage of 66.7% and his interception against the Buccaneers was one of only two he had all season. He should be targeted often.
If the Buccaneers line up and find themselves with Brown on the field you will likely see Tom Brady take advantage. Brady will look off coverage help over the top and then abuse the mismatch left. In the matchup last season Brown was targeted ten times and allowed nine receptions with a 14.9 yard per reception average and a touchdown. The rest of the season he didn’t fare much better so taking this opportunity when he is on the field is key.
In order for this to be a viable option the Buccaneers will have to account for Micah Parsons. First, the best solution is keeping the offense moving quickly. Quick snaps and a hurry up offense from time to time. Secondly, the use of tight ends to chip at Parsons on blitz situations. Camron Brate, who’s typically the blocking tight end in 12 man (Two Tight End) sets will likely draw this assignment. His presence will also keep defenses spread thin as well with his catching ability.
No matter what though the Buccaneers will be passing the ball often in this game.
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