What Is Bucs’ Trap Game On 2022 Schedule?

For this weekend’s Pewter Report Roundtable, the crew tackles one other robust query. This week’s immediate: Who’s the “entice sport” on this 12 months’s Bucs schedule?

Scott Reynolds: Scary Steelers Protection Makes Journey To Pittsburgh A Potential Entice

Irrespective of how good the Bucs are with Tom Brady there was no less than one sport the place this ultra-talented Tampa Bay staff has stubbed its toe. In 2020, it was shedding to a Bears staff, 20-19, in Chicago on Thursday Night time Soccer. The Bears have been 3-1 coming into that sport, however had overwhelmed up on the likes of Detroit, the New York Giants and Atlanta previous to enjoying Tampa Bay. The Bucs actually beat themselves that sport with turnovers and wasted alternatives within the crimson zone. Chicago would find yourself with an 8-8 report. Final 12 months, it was shedding at Washington, 29-19, to a staff that will end 7-10. The Bucs additionally wanted a last-second landing to beat the lowly Jets in New York, 28-24.

Steelers DL Cameron Heyward and OLB T.J. Watt – Picture by: USA Right this moment

So which opponent could possibly be the Bucs’ entice sport this 12 months? Contemplating that these unlikely losses or near-defeats have occurred on the street, I’m inclined to say the Steelers. The Bucs shall be coming off of a three-game residence stand and what ought to be a winnable sport versus the Falcons. Then they play the Steelers earlier than a winnable street journey to Carolina. Pittsburgh may have a brand new quarterback changing the legendary Ben Roethlisberger, who retired this offseason. Whether or not it’s journeyman Mitchell Trubisky or first-round decide Kenny Pickett underneath heart, the Steelers might nonetheless be formidable due to their protection.

The frequent denominator within the losses at Chicago and at Washington – and practically at New York – was that the Tampa Bay offense was held in verify by a stout protection. The Bucs scored solely 19 factors in opposition to the Bears and the staff now often called the Commanders. Tampa Bay solely had 21 factors on the board at New York till the ultimate seconds when Tom Brady hit Cyril Grayson, Jr. with the game-winning TD. And who have been the quarterbacks in these video games? They have been Nick Foles in Chicago, Tyler Heinicke in Washington and rookie Zach Wilson in New York. The Bucs shall be favored in practically each sport, together with the competition on the Steelers. However T.J. Watt, Cameron Hayward, Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Blitzburgh protection makes October 16 a possible entice sport for Tampa Bay.

Matt Matera: Ravens Might Get Neglected With Rams In City The Subsequent Week

It could possibly be the 2020 model of the Ravens that was the No. 1 seed within the AFC, or the 2021 staff that missed the playoffs at 8-9. Baltimore remains to be a menace. I say that as a result of the next week the Bucs host the Rams, and that’s a sport they have already got their circled on the schedule. The Rams have overwhelmed the Bucs thrice in two seasons, so with revenge on the thoughts in opposition to them, Tampa Bay would possibly overlook about how robust Baltimore may be. Add within the reality it’s a Thursday night time sport and that throws one other wrench into the state of affairs.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson – Picture by: USA Right this moment

After a grueling opening month to the season, the Bucs have a lightweight a part of the schedule in Weeks 4-6 with video games in opposition to the Falcons, Steelers and Panthers. That ought to be three wins there, so the Bucs might need their minds comfy earlier than refueling that anger to lastly topple the Rams of their fourth try. The Ravens won’t look as troublesome as they as soon as have been, particularly after buying and selling receiver Hollywood Brown. They’re skinny at receiver and even when they’ve an ideal working sport, we all know the Bucs can all the time cease that.

There ought to be an enchancment for Baltimore’s protection after spending their first three picks on that facet of the ball, however is it sufficient to cease Tampa Bay’s offense with Tom Brady? Most likely not. The one factor that will change the sport is Lamar Jackson’s efficiency. He can nonetheless run far and wide and use his athleticism to win video games. The Bucs can get to the quarterback, however are additionally vulnerable to miss some sacks. With the Rams on the thoughts for the next week, I can see the Bucs probably shedding focus in opposition to the Ravens within the week earlier than.

J.C. Allen: Sandwiched Between Two Robust AFC Groups, Panthers May Steal A Win

The Bucs may have run the gauntlet the primary 4 weeks of the season going up in opposition to a few of the hardest opponents on their schedule. They’ll have a sport in opposition to a rebuilding Atlanta Falcons staff earlier than touring north to face the Steelers. The Falcons seem as one of many solely reprieves on Tampa Bay’s daunting schedule. Nevertheless the Steelers will nonetheless have a bodily protection, even when they don’t have the quarterback spot found out.

Bucs ILB Devin White and DE Will Gholston and Panthers QB Sam Darnold

Bucs ILB Devin White and DE Will Gholston and Panthers QB Sam Darnold – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Which leads us into the second of the Bucs’ back-to-back street video games – the Panthers. If you have a look at Carolina it doesn’t seem to current a lot of a problem. And the Panthers haven’t been for the Bucs the final two seasons. In truth over these two seasons the Bucs have scored extra mixed factors in opposition to Carolina than every other staff within the division. Nevertheless, sandwiched in between two bodily opponents, the Panthers might steal one.

On offense the Panthers are loaded on the talent positions, with Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson and Terrace Marshall. With a revamped offensive line, Carolina would possibly be capable of get enough quarterback play from Sam Darnold. Defensively, Brian Burns leads the best way in a younger proficient group. Derrick Brown offers a secure drive up entrance. Carolina’s trio of linebackers completed with over 300 tackles in 2021 and their secondary is younger, proficient, and versatile. The Bucs will nonetheless be the odds-on favorites to win the matchup. However after a troublesome stretch to start out the season, the Panthers might steal one if the Bucs aren’t centered.

Josh Queipo: Atlanta In Week 5 May Present How Targeted The Bucs Actually Are

Ever because the 2022 schedule was first launched Bucs followers and pundits alike have been speaking concerning the first 4 video games. And for good purpose. At Dallas and New Orleans, and residential video games versus Inexperienced Bay and Kansas Metropolis signify a veritable gauntlet to open a troublesome season. That’s the reason touring to Atlanta in Week 5 appears to me like such a land mine.

Falcons RB-WR-KR Cordarrelle Patterson

Falcons RB-WR-KR Cordarrelle Patterson – Picture by: USA Right this moment

Give it some thought. Say the Bucs come out of the primary quarter of the season at 3-1. They know they’ve the robust Pittsburgh protection in Week 6. However Atlanta? The Falcons are rebuilding. They don’t have a franchise quarterback. Atlanta ought to be straightforward, proper? Not so quick. For my part, the Falcons shall be higher than lots of people suppose. That they had a stellar draft that includes six gamers by my rely who could possibly be starters by that Week 5 matchup.

A entice sport by definition is a sport the place a higher-ranked staff performs a lesser staff that everybody expects them to win. Atlanta matches that mould. However they’re additionally a division opponent. That makes them harmful as a result of they’ve a greater understanding of the Bucs’ tendencies. It’s additionally a street sport. Lastly, it marks a sport that can characteristic chunk of gamers the Bucs gained’t have a lot movie on on the NFL stage. Look out for Week 5 in opposition to Atlanta. It could possibly be much more harmful of a matchup than you suppose.

Bailey Adams: The Germany Journey Shouldn’t Be Problematic, However It Very Nicely May Be

There Bucs have only a few “gimme” video games in 2022. And the truth that there aren’t lots of them makes those which might be on the schedule all of the extra essential. A type of video games that might function a possible entice sport is definitely Tampa Bay’s voyage to Germany. In that worldwide collection matchup, Todd Bowles and Co. will play what appears to be like like a extremely unhealthy Seattle Seahawks staff.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny – Picture by: USA Right this moment

On paper, the Seahawks aren’t a staff that the Bucs ought to even mildly battle with. After buying and selling Russell Wilson to Denver, Seattle has a quarterback room that options Geno Smith, Drew Lock and Jacob Eason. That shouldn’t scare anybody, particularly a protection two years faraway from profitable the Tremendous Bowl. But, with receivers like Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf and working again Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks do have some weapons to deploy offensively. And whereas the protection definitely isn’t what it as soon as was, safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs spotlight the rebuilding unit. By Week 10, Pete Carroll’s staff could possibly be on its solution to figuring issues out.

All of that stated, the entice sport potential of the Germany journey has much less to do with the opponent and extra to do with the timing. It comes simply earlier than the Bucs’ bye week, and it caps off a troublesome 10-week stretch of video games. There are the four-game begin everyone seems to be speaking about. However then instantly earlier than the Seahawks sport, there are conferences with the Ravens and Rams, which come within the span of 11 days. Coming off of these video games and approaching the bye week, the Bucs could possibly be banged up. They could possibly be waiting for the ultimate stretch of the 12 months, which incorporates video games in opposition to Cleveland, New Orleans, San Francisco, Cincinnati and Arizona. After all, there’s additionally the prospect that the lengthy trek to Germany turns into an element. All of that thought-about, Tampa Bay higher watch out and centered because it heads into Bayern Munich’s Allianz Area.