EJ Manuel was the first quarterback taken in the April NFL Draft. Mike Glennon was the third. Both have logged about the same amount of time behind center this season. Both Tampa Bay and Buffalo are in the bottom half of the NFL right now, but that does not mean either team is not moving in the right direction. Both quarterbacks are green, still uneven and have a supporting cast is not as solid as other teams in the league. But something tells me this game between these two franchises could put on a pretty good show on Sunday in Tampa.
The Buccaneers have won three of their last four games, dropping their last game to Carolina on Sunday. Buffalo and Atlanta went to overtime before the Bills fell 34-31. A 34-31 game would certainly bring joy to the sparse Buccaneers fans and take more pressure off the shoulders of team head coach Greg Schiano, who has gotten some of a reprieve of sorts from the locals and the media.
Here are three bold predictions for this game…
CJ Spiller owns the Bucs defense
Spiller was injured earlier in the season, only to return and show his muscle (and speed) in the game against Atlanta. Spiller had 149 yards on 15 carries, which means he just took the ball and busted through the Falcons line last week. While the Buccaneers defensive line is better than Atlanta’s, it will still be hard to stop the explosive runner.
Rookies shine all day
Want to see a rookie progress in a game? Have him face another rookie. These two quarterbacks could throw for over 700 yards between them.
Glennon has shown he can be a steady passer and game manager. His receivers have been his lifeline all season long.
Manuel is more mobile than his counterpart and will use both his arm and his legs to score. Both quarterbacks will impress the fans and the media.
Mario Williams to the rescue
The Buffalo defensive end will make Tampa Bay worry all day where he is on the field. If the Bills are going to have a chance to win on Sunday, Williams and the defensive line had better be in the Bucs backfield early and often.
Williams was signed last season to change the defensive culture of this team and to help provide a pass rush that is missing. He and Marcel Dareus have helped to do that. Both will be a force on Sunday.