Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bucs Beat

Rick Stroud and Greg Auman

Bucs-Lions: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Bucs-Lions: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Here’s the Times’ Bucs coverage team’s predictions for Tampa Bay’s 1 p.m. game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium:MOTOWN MOWED DOWNRick Stroud, @NFLStroud: The Bucs play much better at home, especially t...
Published: 12/08/17
Bucs Jameis Winston has worked to remain calm and in control

Bucs Jameis Winston has worked to remain calm and in control

Bucs QB Jameis Winston's passion for football has never been questioned, but he caught a lot of grief about his 'eating W's' motivational speech prior to the Bucs' 30-10 loss at New Orleans Nov. 5.During the three games he did not play due to a shoul...
Published: 12/08/17
DT Clinton McDonald is Bucs’ Man of the Year

DT Clinton McDonald is Bucs’ Man of the Year

Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, tireless in his work to support local military personnel and their families, is the Bucs' Man of the Year for 2017 and their nominee for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.McDonald, 30, is finishing his f...
Published: 12/08/17
DT Clinton McDonald is Bucs’ Man of the Year

DT Clinton McDonald is Bucs’ Man of the Year

Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, tireless in his work to support local military personnel and their families, is the Bucs' Man of the Year for 2017 and their nominee for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.McDonald, 30, is finishing his f...
Published: 12/08/17
Bucs defense: NFL’s most points allowed on road, fewest at home

Bucs defense: NFL’s most points allowed on road, fewest at home

The Bucs return home to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, playing three of their final four games at home, and that's excellent news for their defense.Most teams play better at home — it's only natural. But the Bucs defense has a polar and nearl...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/08/17
NFL Week 14: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

NFL Week 14: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

Week 14 of the NFL season starts with the surprise team of this year's NFC South "it" team against last years when the New Orleans Saints play at Atlanta Thursday night.Here's the Tampa Bay Times' staff picks for that game and the rest of Week 14, wh...
Published: 12/07/17
Pro at flag football? You’ve got competition (a lot of it)

Pro at flag football? You’ve got competition (a lot of it)

An ambitiously large flag football tournament – more than 1,000 teams nationally, competing for a $1 million grand prize – will stage some of its games in Lakewood Ranch next year, with as many as 256 teams competing at Premier ...
Published: 12/06/17
Breaking down Bucs’ pending free agents for 2018

Breaking down Bucs’ pending free agents for 2018

With four weeks left and a 4-8 record for the Bucs, we can start looking ahead to the offseason and what could be a fair amount of turnover on Tampa Bay's roster.Just how dramatic that is will start with answering whether head coach Dirk Koetter and ...
Published: 12/06/17
No, really: How the Bucs (4-8) can still make the playoffs

No, really: How the Bucs (4-8) can still make the playoffs

First, a couple of things. We're not trying to mock the Bucs in doing this. And we're not trying to give any fans false hope. Much as was the case in Week 17 last year, there is the tiniest imaginable possibility that the Bucs could still make the pl...
Published: 12/06/17
Bucs rookies savoring milestones, enjoying progress

Bucs rookies savoring milestones, enjoying progress

The Bucs rookies spent Tuesday morning at Lopez Elementary School in Seffner to celebrate the school earning a $10,000 "Fuel Up to Play 60" hometown grant, and several were still relishing milestones from Sunday's loss at Green Bay."My first goal was...
Published: 12/05/17