The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to taste victory for the first time since late September. Maybe a little home cooking will do the trick.
After a six-week, five-game swing away from Raymond James Stadium (which technically included a "home game" in London), the Buccaneers will return to their home field on Sunday, November 10 to face the 3-5-1 Arizona Cardinals. It will be Head Coach Bruce Arians' first game against the franchise for which he served as head coach from 2013-17. Arizona will have had a little extra time to prepare for Tampa Bay after playing on Thursday night in Week Nine.
With their long trip now behind them, the Buccaneers begin a second half in which they play five out of eight games at home, beginning with the visit from the Cardinals, who lost their last two to San Francisco and New Orleans. That followed on the heels of a three-game winning streak in which rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the first-overall pick in the 2019 draft, appeared to be finding his footing in the NFL.
Murray has already had an intriguing debut season, as he's completing 64.2% of his passes and throwing for 247.7 yards per game, with a passer rating of 89.2. Murray is also a dangerous runner who has already picked up 313 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The loss at Seattle, yet another that went down to the wire in a season of narrow disappointments, pushed the Bucs' record to 2-6 and gave them virtually no room for error in terms of a long shot playoff hunt. With Murray and the Cardinals coming to town the Bucs will hope to establish a home field advantage in the second half of the season to take advantage of the turn in the schedule.