Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Week 6: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

Here are the Times staff picks for week 6 of the NFL season:

gametimedayMartin Fennelly, @mjfennellyErnest Hooper, @hoop4youTom Jones, @tomwjonesRick Stroud, @NFLStroudThomas Bassinger, @tometricsGreg Auman, @gregauman
Against the spread (last week)-------8-69-510-48-64-108-6
Against the spread (overall)-------45-3242-3540-3740-3736-4132-45
Straight up (last week)-------7-78-69-59-55-98-6
Straight up (overall)-------50-2748-2949-2834-2931-4647-30
Upsets of the week-------3-24-13-23-21-41-4
Locks of the week-------4-14-13-23-24-13-2
Philadelphia at Carolina (-3.5)8:25 PM/ThursdayCAR 21-20CAR 21-17PHIL 30-20 (U)PHI 26-21 (U)CAR 24-17PHI 24-21 (U)
New England (-9.5) at N.Y. Jets1 PM/SundayNE 31-17NE 24-14NE 31-17NE 31-20NE 21-17NE 31-14
Miami at Atlanta (-11.5)1 PM/SundayATL 31-20ATL 28-17ATL 27-10ATL 28-13 (L)ATL 30-22ATL 34-20
San Francisco at Washington (-9.5) 1 PM/SundayWASH 34-17WASH 20-7WASH 21-9WASH 31-24WAS 24-16 (L)WAS 24-10
Chicago at Baltimore (-7.5)1 PM/SundayBAL 20-16BALT 14-0BALT 27-13BALT 21-17BAL 33-26BAL 31-20
Cleveland at Houston (-9.5)1 PM/SundayHOU 28-20HOU 35-28HOU 33-17HOU 24-20HOU 28-20HOU 37-27
Green Bay (-3.5) at Minnesota1 PM/SundayGB 24-19GB 23-17GB 23-14GB 31-24MIN 25-13GB 34-31
Detroit at New Orleans (-4.5)1 PM/SundayNO 31-28NO 44-39DET 31-21DET 30-27NO 24-21NO 41-38
Tampa Bay (-2.5) at Arizona4:05 PM/SundayTB 31-20TB 30-7 (L)ARIZ 19-17TB 24-20TB 23-20TB 31-24
L.A. Rams at Jacksonville (-2.5)4:05 PM/SundayJAC 23-19JAC 8-5LAR 30-20JAC 21-17JAC 27-23JAC 21-17
Pittsburgh at Kansas City (-4.5)4:25 PM/SundayKC 27-19KC 21-20KC 24-20KC 31-28PIT 35-28 (U)KC 28-20
L.A. Chargers at Oakland (-1.5)4:25 PM/SundayOAK 30-23LAC 27-17LAC 23-20LAC 21-17OAK 23-20OAK 21-14
N.Y. Giants at Denver (-12.5)8:30 PM/SundayDEN 31-13 (L)DEN 24-10DEN 27-8 (L)DEN 31-17DEN 24-22DEN 35-17 (L)
Indianapolis at Tennessee (N/A)8:30 PM/MondayTEN 34-17TEN 28-21TEN 23-16TEN 24-20TEN 29-26TEN 24-21

(U) — Upset of the week

(L) —Lock of the week

Comments

Ryan Fitzpatrick played better than you may think

TAMPA — The announcement of which Bucs quarterback will start at Chicago Sunday will have to wait.Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick met with Dirk Koetter Tuesday and were given the news."So we know what we're going to do,'' Koetter said. "Bot...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Bucs’ Gerald McCoy heard apologizing to Ben Roethlisberger mid-hit

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy heard apologizing to Ben Roethlisberger mid-hit

For all of his accomplishments on the field, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been dogged by unfair criticism throughout his career that he's too nice.One moment during Monday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers isn't going to help him in th...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Dirk Koetter on Bucs QB situation: “We know what we’re going to do.”

Dirk Koetter on Bucs QB situation: “We know what we’re going to do.”

TAMPA — Dirk Koetter knows. He met with Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick Tuesday and now they know. But he doesn't want the Chicago Bears to know which will quarterback the Bucs Sunday at Soldier Field.So the waiting game continues."So I kno...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Buccaneers AfterMath: Tampa Bay’s defense is raising red flags

Buccaneers AfterMath: Tampa Bay’s defense is raising red flags

You might have walked away from the game Monday night feeling pretty good about your Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sure, the first half was about as ugly as it gets. After the Steelers returned Ryan Fitzpatrick’s third interception for a touchdown late...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Eduardo A. Encina joins the Times to cover the Bucs

Eduardo A. Encina joins the Times to cover the Bucs

ST. PETERSBURG — Eduardo A. Encina, an award-winning sportswriter with an extensive background covering Tampa Bay sports, is returning to the Times to cover the Bucs.Encina will join Rick Stroud, Thomas Bassinger and columnists Tom Jones and Ma...
Published: 09/25/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Did Ryan Fitzpatrick do enough to keep his job?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Did Ryan Fitzpatrick do enough to keep his job?

Rick Stroud and Times sports columnist Tom Jones break down the Bucs' 30-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday Night Football.Ryan Fitzpatrick  had a difficult first half, throwing three interceptions, but  led a second-half comeback that ...
Published: 09/25/18
The magic has worn off. Time for the Bucs to start Jameis Winston

The magic has worn off. Time for the Bucs to start Jameis Winston

TAMPA — So this will be a fun and interesting week over at One Buc Place.Who's the quarterback?That question will be asked a few times. The likely answer will end up being Ryan Fitzpatrick.But this question will be asked a few dozen times:...
Published: 09/25/18
Winston or Fitzpatrick? Reading between the lines in the Bucs locker room

Winston or Fitzpatrick? Reading between the lines in the Bucs locker room

TAMPA — At some point Tuesday morning, Jameis Winston will walk into the office of head coach Dirk Koetter and get the news.There will likely be hugs and handshakes, but within the first few minutes, Koetter will tell Winston what his role will...
Published: 09/25/18
Why the Bucs kept going to Chris Godwin

Why the Bucs kept going to Chris Godwin

TAMPA  — Chris Godwin's first three quarters Monday night weren't as rough as Ryan Fitzpatrick's, but they were close.Through 45 minutes of Tampa Bay's 30-27 loss to Pittsburgh, Godwin dropped two touchdown passes, had another TD reception...
Published: 09/25/18
Bucs-Steelers report card: There is still work to be done

Bucs-Steelers report card: There is still work to be done

TAMPA — They couldn't stick the landing. The FitzMagic ran out.Monday night against the Steelers, Tony Dungy night, was supposed to be the coming-out party, a new beginning, the Bucs on national TV, showing America that 2-0 was not make believe...
Published: 09/25/18