The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were not a very healthy team last week. They were missing Kwon Alexander, Chris Baker, Jacquies Smith and Brent Grimes and saw almost every other defensive starter leave the game at one point or another. That’s part of the reason why they suffered a blowout loss.
So with a slightly healthier team this week, can the Bucs bounce back? Kwon Alexander is still absent and Lavonte David and T.J. Ward have joined him, but Grimes, Smith and Baker return to action, and they are unlikely to be decimated by injury again.
Other players are coming back from injury, too. It looks like Kevin Pamphile will start over Evan Smith, per Greg Auman, which wasn’t the case last week as Pamphile was hit by the flu. Noah Spence suffered a dislocated shoulder last week, but is ready to play. Gerald McCoy had an ankle issue, but he’s playing. The list goes on.
The problem is: health wasn’t the only thing preventing the Bucs from winning last week. They just weren’t playing good football. Is better health good enough to get the Bucs a win today? We’ll see right now.