Give Head Coach Greg Schiano this much: At least his team is covering the spread left and right for NFL picks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are only 1-2 SU early in the 2012 campaign, but they are 3-0 ATS and have had a shot at the end to win all three of their games, all of which have come against NFC foes that are going to at least be competing for playoff spots this year.
There has been much made out of the fact that Schiano is calling blitzes at the end of games when teams are in the victory position, but it is that attitude that is permeating throughout his team. The Bucs are hitting harder, they’re fighting harder, and they’re generally just playing a more physical brand of football than their opponents.
That’s all going to be needed this week against the Washington Redskins, who are bringing to town one of the most celebrated rookies we have seen in quite some time in QB Robert Griffin III. For Tampa Bay, this is just another challenge and a hurdle to get over. However, just by going back and looking at some tape, it is clear to see how this team could be in for a great week.
Just go back and look at what happened to QB Cam Newton when the Carolina Panthers came to Raymond James Stadium. Sure, Newton threw for over 300 yards, but he was contained on the ground and forced into a lot of decisions that he just didn’t want to make. The speed in the defense that is out there for the Bucs is second to none in the NFC South, and that might make for a long day for RG3.
If the Buccaneers are going to move to 4-0 ATS this year, they are going to have to do so as decided favorites. They’ve gotten the nod from the oddsmakers by a field goal against Washington in what should prove to be a crucial clash in the NFC.