TAMPA, Fla. – The Bucs have no excuses this week preparing to host the Atlanta Falcons. Last week the Bucs were displaced to Miami because of Hurricane Ian, but this week they were back at their Tampa facility.
The Buccaneers practiced outdoors in the weather and are ready to snap a two-game losing streak, hosting the Falcons Sunday at 1 pm.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who is nursing a sore finger on his right hand and bruised throwing shoulder, says there are no excuses in the NFL, just play better and limit mistakes
“Last week was last week, Brady said. “This week is a different challenge. We have to have a great week. This is an important division game at home against a team that’s playing good football.”
The Falcons are riding a two-game winning streak and have been able to run the ball consistently, however, the Falcons will be without their stud running back Cordarelle Paterson in this game. Meanwhile the Bucs, in their first three games, were led by their defense, but Sunday gave up 41 points to the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I would never have guessed that we would have given up 41 points at any point this year,” Bucs outside linebacker Shaq Barrett said. “That hurts a team that prides ourselves on good defense and wanting to be one of the best units in the league. Giving up 41 points diminishes that.”
Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin says there’s a lot of overreaction from fans and media so early in this season and admits that’s just the nature of watching the NFL.
“Yeah, you never want to lose back-to-back games,” Godwin said. “It’s a long year and we have a lot of prepared guys on our team, so I’m confident in our ability to kind of come together as a team and put it together.You can’t manufacture chemistry. The only way you get it is to build it day in and day out.”
Brady admits it took a little while to get over this last loss, but you’ve got to move on, quickly.
“Every loss feels horrible for a certain period of time,” Brady said. “The faster you can clean from it, the better.”
I asked Brady if he is noticing more parity this year in the NFL with a lot of 2-2 teams.
“I think there’s a lot of bad football from what I watch,” Brady said.
The Bucs are hoping not to add to that list this Sunday.