Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rick and Tom podcast: The best football weekend of the year

This is the best football weekend of the year, as we realize four teams were on a bye last week because they are the best teams and the playoff intensity is ratcheted up.

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down each of the divisional playoff games, including two involving NFC South teams. Plus, they look at Bucs tight end O.J. Howard, who was scored the worst first-round draft pick this year by Pro Football Focus. Listen below:

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