The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the all-important third preseason game without a win, hoping to notch a victory against the Buffalo Bills Saturday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Like most NFL teams, the Bucs have had a few bright spots so far this preseason. Gerald McCoy has been absolutely unblockable in his limited action, and the rest of Tampa Bay's starting front seven have also been impressive.
But the Bucs offense continues to sputter, and problems can easily be traced back to the ineffectiveness of the offensive line. The starting unit showed some improvement last week against Miami, but it still has a long way to go before it's ready to face the likes of Carolina and St. Louis in the first two weeks of the regular season.
Improved play. When you come in as a new staff, we can’t set a whole lot of lofty goals. Based on what? We’re starting from scratch. For us, we set the bar against Jacksonville. We wanted better play last week and we got that. Now we need to take another big, big step as I see it. We’re playing the division champs to open up the [regular] season. We need to play our best ball. We need to be peaking about that time. We need to see something that we really like this week.
Smith's team took baby steps between their first two preseason games, but they'll indeed need to take a more sizable leap over the final two before heading into the real deal.
Here's everything you need to know about tomorrow's matchup.