I’m just thankful to be here Buccaneers’ fans.
Thursday was a merry day of eating food, being with family, and unfortunately watching the Cowboys. But of course, one of the most honored traditions of Thanksgiving is to say what you are grateful for. It’s a reminder that while things may be bad, there is usually something that we can be grateful for. And for our favorite NFL team, there is plenty to be thankful for, even at 4-6.
For example, despite only paying $4 million for him, Baker Mayfield is easily the best QB in the division. He has 2389 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He has the most yards, touchdowns, and second fewest interceptions (behind only Derek Carr who was injured against the Vikings early). Not only that, but he is the only QB in the division to play every single game. Derek Carr and Bryce Young have both missed games with injury. Desmond Ridder was benched because he sucks.
They should also be thankful for seemingly hitting on the 2023 draft, at least it seems like it so far. Calijah Kancey looks amazing. Yaya Diaby has four sacks the last 3 games, two against the 49ers. Christian Izien has also looked mostly solid, although not quite as good as he was at the start of the year. And despite all the defensive struggles, they have the best red zone defense when it comes to keeping touchdowns out. They have only allowed touchdowns only 34.38% of the time. Though this defense has issues, the red zone is still one area they excel.
There of course are other things. They have a legit shot at the division despite their questionable ball lately. Also guys like Antoine Winfield and Tristan Wirfs showing up in a contract year. And perhaps the greatest gift of all, having a good shot of sweeping the Saints again. What a time to be alive. Happy Thanksgiving y’all!
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