Doug Martin, Lavonte David and others will have their work cut out for them against the Saints on Sunday.
The Buccaneers look to finish up strong for their season finale on Sunday vs the New Orleans Saints. During their first matchup earlier this season, it took overtime for the Saints to knock off the Bucs, 37-31. Both teams have underperformed this season. Every player on the Bucs will have one last game to prove they're worthy of playing Buc ball for the 2015 season.
The story of the season has been the lack of production from the quarterbacks and running backs. Its been a combination of poor play on the offensive line and inconsistent play at the QB position. On Sunday there will be multiple players moving around at different positions and getting a chance to contribute. These will be opportunities for any player that wants to prove their worth to the coaches. The most important thing for the Bucs offense on Sunday will be to protect the football. Along with winning the game, the Buccaneers need to snap their consecutive game turnover streak. Just that alone will give the Bucs a sure shot at winning this game. Playing loose, having fun, and showing effort will show that even though this has been a disappointing season, the players will continue to play hard for themselves and their teammates.
The most improved phase by far of this Buccaneers team has been the defense. Saints QB Drew Brees and company were eliminated last week from playoff contention by the Atlanta Falcons. The one common thread for this Saints offense all season is the multiple turnovers they've had. Drew Brees has served it up to his opponents in bunches and the Bucs can create more of the same with their four man rush. Of late, players have been flashing on defense and producing splash plays that have changed the complexion of the game. The last time the Bucs defense played the Saints, it was multiple silly penalties and lack of discipline on third downs that gave the Saints the game.
3. SPECIAL TEAMS
The Buccaneers return game has been quiet the entire season. The difference in this game will come down to not only who plays a clean style on special teams, but who takes advantage of some field position changes in the return game. Momentum is always key in end-of-season games where both teams are out of postseason play. A big return could be just what the doctor ordered to seal the deal for the Bucs and get their first win of the season at home.