The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) head to the west to play the Arizona Cardinals (0-1) this week, as they look to hold on to their lead in the NFC South. That won't be an easy thing: the Cardinals were one of the very best teams in the NFL last year, and look similarly good this year.
One thing working in the Bucs' advantage is the injury list. The Cardinals will be missing Frostee Rucker and potentially Robert Nkemdiche along the defensive line, while Evan Mathis could miss the game on the offensive line, too. That would give Gerald McCoy free rein.
The big question will be how the Bucs offense holds up under the Cardinals' pressure, both from a quality four-man pass rush, and from regular blitzes. The Bucs beat the Atlanta Falcons in large part because they could fairly easily stop their pass rush. That won't be near as easy against Arizona.
On the other side of the ball, Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson will be the main players the Bucs will have to stop. That is not an easy task by any means, with Johnson potentially turning into one of the league's best running backs. The Cardinals are a well-rounded team, and if the Bucs can beat them, that'll be a good indication Tampa Bay is much stronger than it was last year.
Here's everything you need to watch the game.
Buccaneers vs. Cardinals
Game time: Sunday, September 18, 4:05 p.m. ET
TV schedule: Fox. Shown in Arizona and most of Florida. Full map here.
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman
Odds: The Cardinals are seven-point favorites
Enemy blog: Revenge of the Birds
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