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Thomas Bassinger - Sports Data Reporter

Sports Data Reporter

I am the sports data reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, and here are some of the things I believe: • Tecmo Super Bowl is the greatest sports video game of all time. • The eye test is bogus. It’s just a way to make your opinion sound more credible. • Football teams should almost always go for it on fourth and 1 and fourth and 2.

  1. Because of Derrius Guice's knee injury, Chris Thompson is likely to see his role in Washington's backfield increase.
    Matthew Stafford, Chris Thompson and Mecole Hardman are free agents that are worth a spot on your roster.
  2. In five of his past six games against the Bucs, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has failed to register a passer rating greater than 70. He completed less than half of his passes Thursday night in Carolina's 20-14 loss.
    The true difference-maker Thursday: The relentless blitzes of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles exposed quarterback Cam Newton.
  3. While Mike Evans is Tampa Bay's best receiver, Chris Godwin, who had a touchdown catch against Carolina on Thursday night, might be emerging as the team's most reliable pass catcher.
    Thomas Bassinger: Jameis Winston snaps his road game losing steak, Chris Godwin proves reliable and Shaquil Barrett (three sacks) gets the game ball.
  4. In Sunday's 31-17 loss to the 49ers, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston averaged 5.4 yards per pass, his lowest average in a game since November 2017.
    In this preview: Gerald McCoy knows what the Bucs will do to him. Plus, players and matchups to watch.
  5. A scene from the Bucs game Sunday at Raymond James Stadium or the new Joker movie?
    Tampa Bay’s comedy of errors in Sunday’s loss was all too familiar. It felt just like 2018. And 2017. And 2016. And 2015 ...
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) greets with San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) on the field after the Bucs were defeated 31-17 at Raymond James Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Tampa, FL.
    Thomas Bassinger: Jameis Winston is still Jameis Winston, but maybe Tampa Bay finally has a defense.
  7. Melvin Gordon's holdout has vaulted Chargers running back Justin Jackson into fantasy relevance.
    Stay ahead of your competition by stashing these free agents now.
  8. Keep an eye on Chris Godwin on Sunday. Bucs coach Bruce Arians sees the receiver catching close to 100 passes this season.
    In this preview: The 49ers work out in a sauna tent, Dee Ford assesses the Bucs offensive line (“We will have opportunities”) and Kyle Shanahan’s highly touted offense rolls into town. Plus, players...
  9. Those numbers ... they have to go.
    It’s yet more evidence that it’s time to #FixTheBucsUnis #ForTheChildren.
  10. Gerald McCoy, who played nine seasons for the Buccaneers, faces his former team Sept. 12 in Carolina and Oct. 13 in London.
    Tampa Bay will see Kwon Alexander in Week 1, Gerald McCoy in Week 2 and Dirk Koetter in Week 12.