Cardinals vs. Buccaneers: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 04:  Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 4, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The winner of Sunday's game between the Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers could turn a horrible start into some positive momentum heading into the second quarter of the 2013 season. 

The losing team will fall further into the pit of despair, making a playoff run all but impossible. 

Arizona lost badly to the New Orleans Saints in Week 3 to fall to 1-2 on the season. Carson Palmer has struggled with turnovers, throwing four interceptions, and the team still can't find a running game after finishing last year with the worst rushing attack in the league. 

The Bucs appear to be headed off a cliff to start Greg Schiano's second year at the helm. 

After opening with three straight losses, Tampa Bay has benched Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon from North Carolina State, as noted by ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Freeman hasn't been good, converting just 45.7 percent of his passes while throwing three interceptions, but this is still a drastic move that could backfire in a bad way.

Fantasy football owners who have running back Doug Martin will likely benefit from this move, as the Buccaneers will need to pound the rock to protect the young quarterback from making rookie mistakes.  

Here's what you need to know about this upcoming Cardinals-Buccaneers clash. 

 

When: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. 

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 09:  Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheer on their team against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 40.5 pts.
  • Spread: Tampa Bay (-2.5)

 

Cardinals Injury Report (via AZCardinals.com

NAMEPOSITIONINJURYWED.THU.FRI.GAME STATUS
Fitzgerald, LarryWRHamstringFPFPFPProbable
Johnson, RashadSFingerDNPDNPLPQuestionable
Mendenhall, RashardRBToeLPFPFPProbable
Minter, KevinILBHamstringDNPDNPDNPOut
Talley, RonaldDEWristFPFPFPProbable
Williams, DanDTNon-injury relatedDNPDNPDNPOut

 

Buccaneers Injury Report (via NFL.com

NamePositionInjuryPractice StatusGame Status
Gerald McCoyDTAnkleFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Mike WilliamsWRHamstringLimited Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Vincent JacksonWRRibsLimited Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Mark BarronSHamstringLimited Participation in PracticeProbable
Gabe CarimiGIllnessDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Derek LandriDTKneeDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Tom CrabtreeTEAnkleDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Gary GibsonDTBackFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Rashaan MelvinCBHamstringLimited Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Michael AdamsCBKneeOut (Definitely Will Not Play)Out

 

What Can We Expect from Glennon? 

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16:  Mike Glennon #8 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the first half during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Image
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Buccaneers fans hoping for a revival under Glennon are likely to be disappointed. 

The rookie signal-caller wasn't impressive during preseason games, completing 47.1 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Glennon wasn't an accurate passer in college either, and he struggled with turnovers. In his senior season, he completed 58.5 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. 

The rookie's best trait as a passer is his strong, live arm. He can stretch defenses vertically with the best of them, but he may not make the best decisions when he does. 

Arizona's defense has allowed 297 passing yards per game this year, so it's clear the secondary is exploitable. That said, nobody should be surprised if Glennon struggles Sunday. 

 

Prediction

The Buccaneers will try to ride Doug Martin to victory Sunday. After a tough first outing in Week 1, Martin played well in his next two games, rushing for 232 yards and a touchdown.

But the Cardinals have been stellar against the run this year, allowing just 73.3 yards per game. It's worth noting, however, that the three teams Arizona has faced thus far all feature offenses that don't run the ball well. 

Martin will find success against Arizona's defense, but rookie quarterback Glennon will struggle. 

Contrarily, Carson Palmer will bounce back from two straight poor outings against Tampa Bay's improved—but still flawed—secondary. Larry Fitzgerald is returning to full health after a hamstring held him back for a couple of weeks, and he'll make a few big plays Sunday to change the course of the game. 

 

Final Score 

Cardinals win 24-14

 

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