Sunday marks 22 days since Tampa Bay starters performed in a soccer recreation.
The Bucs are prepared for some soccer. However are they prepared for Sunday’s opponent, the Chicago Bears?
“Each time your play the primary recreation of the season, it’s going to stun your physique,” Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith stated. “It doesn’t matter what sort of form you’re in.”
Tampa Bay’s had loads of time to get in form. However recreation form is totally different.
“I don’t see there being any issues,” broad receiver Mike Evans stated. “We’re professionals and we’ve been ready to play, so we’re going to go play.”
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay
Sunday, 1 p.m.
“Yeah, yearly is a unique feeling,” quarterback Jameis Winston stated. “However, yearly it’s the identical objective and that objective is to win soccer video games, make it to the playoffs and finally win a Tremendous Bowl.”
Chicago received its Week 1 recreation in once they almost got here from behind to beat the Tremendous Bowl runner-ups Atltanta. Former Bucs backup Mike Glennon, now the Bears beginning quarterback, went 26-of-forty for 213 yards and one landing.
“I feel it in all probability does add just a little little bit of thriller on each side,” head coach Dirk Koetter stated. “Mike is a really, very sharp man. I’m positive he remembers lots of stuff. Mike is a observe taker – I’m positive he remembers a variety of stuff about our protection.
“On the similar time, we all know Mike and we all know his strengths and weaknesses as properly.”
That the Bears have a recreation beneath their belt and the Bucs don’t could possibly be an obstacle for Tampa Bay. So might the starters’ lengthy layoff. However they aren’t utilizing any excuses.
The lengthy wait has made them hungrier for the beginning of the season.
“I anticipate it to be electrical,” Winston stated. “These followers want one thing – a giddy-up. I’m completely happy, particularly with final yr us ending robust at house – the followers simply noticed how their involvement with crowd noise and the way electrical Raymond James was – hopefully it may be the identical.
“Hopefully we will all simply have an excellent Sunday and be enthusiastic about Tampa Bay Buccaneers soccer.”