28 Nov

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Super Bowl Championships: 1
  • Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 37
  • Claim to Fame: In 1979, they became the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title, win a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship.
  • Claim to Shame: The Bucs lost their first 26 games in the NFL, and suffered through 14 straight losing seasons from 1983-1996 – both NFL records

With the planned expansion of the NFL in 1970, Tampa Bay landed a franchise in 1976. Upon the teams first game, they held a team-naming contest for local residents.

The team chose the Buccaneers, as the term derives from the pirates who were said to inhabit the Florida coast line in the 17th century.

Looking for successful beginnings, the Bucs hired notorious USC coach John McKay to captain the ship. McKay signed a $3 million deal, after turning multiple NFL franchises down in the past.

Unfortunately, the task of building an NFL team from scratch proved too much for McKay, as his college schemes did not translate to the NFL game.

After brief periods of success in the late 70s and early 80s, the Bucs continued to struggle, pushing the club closer and closer to bankruptcy. Insert Tony Dungy, the saviour of the franchise. Dungy was hired by the Glazer family, who purchased the team in 1996, and soon led the team towards bigger and better things.

The Bucs would soon win their first Super Bowl title in 2002 under coach Jon Gruden.

Since being crowned Super Bowl champions, the Bucs celebratory cruise continues to be lost at sea. The team has been atrocious lately, recording a 5-11 record and a 6-9-1 record ATS in 2017.

In 2015, the Bucs drafted FSU product Jameis Winston with the first-overall pick. Winston was said to be NFL ready, and could provide immediate help. Although his play on the field has been respectable, his off-field behaviour has been less than acceptable.

Winston was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season after being charged with sexual harassment of an Uber driver. The team actually started 2-0 thanks to a Ryan Fitzpatrick, a.k.a. “FitzMagic,” but would go 3-11 the rest of the way.

The defense was a far bigger problem than the offense, but Winston still didn’t turn into the top-tier QB the team was expecting when they drafted him first overall.

The 2019 Bucs have made significant changes on defense, led by first-round pick Devin White at linebacker. But turning a 5-11 team with a -68 point differential in a playoff contender is going to be a tall order.

ATS Record

Overall Home Away
4-8-0 0-5-0 4-3-0

Over/Under Record

Overall Home Away
9-3-0 4-1-0 5-2-0

Team defense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG Allowed 30 28.8
YPG Allowed 17 358.1
Passing YPG Allowed 31 281.8
Rushing YPG Allowed 2 76.3
Turnovers Forced 5 20

Team offense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 4 28.3
YPG 5 380.4
Passing YPG 4 284.2
Rushing YPG 22 96.3
Turnovers Committed 31 28

Team standings

Name Record Div Record Streak
ATL 3-9-0 2-2-0 2L
CAR 5-7-0 1-3-0 4L
NO 10-2-0 4-1-0 3W
TB 5-7-0 2-3-0 2W

Team leaders

Name Score Achievement
Jameis Winston 3,659 Passing
Ronald Jones II 482 Rushing
Chris Godwin 1,121 Receiving
Jameis Winston 22 Touchdowns
Shaquil Barrett 15 Sacks
Sean Murphy-Bunting 2 Interceptions

Injury reports

Player Injury Status Notes
Antony Auclair Toe IR Auclair has hit the injured reserve list with a case of turf toe. Lasted Updated: 11/05/2019
Zack Bailey Ankle IR Bailey has been placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. There is no clear timetable for his return. Lasted Updated: 10/12/2019
Kendell Beckwith Ankle IR Beckwith is expected to miss the entire 2019 season due to a fractured ankle that caused him to sit out the 2018 campaign. He has been placed on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Lasted Updated: 05/12/2019
Alex Cappa Elbow questionable Cappa departed the previous game with an injured elbow, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Colts on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 12/03/2019
Jack Cichy Elbow IR Cichy has been sent to the injured reserve list with a left elbow injury. Lasted Updated: 10/30/2019
Jamel Dean Shoulder questionable Dean left the last game due to a shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up Sunday against the Colts. Lasted Updated: 12/03/2019
D'cota Dixon Shoulder IR Dixon has hit the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury. Lasted Updated: 08/08/2019
Justin Evans Achilles IR Evans has hit the injured reserve list with ongoing soreness in his Achilles tendon. Lasted Updated: 11/16/2019
Blaine Gabbert Shoulder IR Gabbert has been added to the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury. Lasted Updated: 11/16/2019
Michael Liedtke Shoulder IR Liedtke has reverted to the injured reserve list after having shoulder surgery. Lasted Updated: 08/08/2019
Scotty Miller Hamstring questionable Miller sat out the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will face the Colts on Sunday. Lasted Updated: 12/03/2019
Bryant Mitchell Achilles IR Mitchell has been designated for the injured reserve list due to a torn Achilles tendon. Lasted Updated: 08/13/2019
Anthony Nelson Hamstring questionable Nelson has missed the past four games with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will return to action Sunday versus the Colts. Lasted Updated: 12/03/2019
M.J. Stewart Knee out Stewart is out of commission due to a knee sprain, and he is likely to miss three to four weeks. Lasted Updated: 11/13/2019
Orion Stewart Knee IR Stewart has reverted to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee. Lasted Updated: 08/08/2019
SBT's score