Tony Dungy is bringing his undefeated Colts into Raymond James Stadium in search of a Monday night showdown of unbeaten teams on the NFL's biggest stage. The only problem is the Bucs did not hold up their end of the bargain. The players were not looking ahead, but the fans were. The home team needs to hold serve to avoid the .500 mark for the first time in over a year.
Indianapolis boasts a dangerous three headed monster attack that has proved itself time and time again, but there are two more offensive weapons on the roster that are just as scary. Reggie Wayne was quiet last week in a blowout out of the Saints, but he can kill you if you forget about him. Just ask the Jacksonville Jaguars whom who he torched for two touchdowns in week 3.
Nine year veteran tight end Marcus Pollard kept the afore mentioned Saints off balance averaging 16 yards per catch on his four receptions.
Marvin Harrison is the best receiver in the NFL, so the Bucs will be forced to game plan for him. This is what allows Wayne and Pollard to excel. Edgerrin James is still a force to be reckoned with, and the Colts are sure to pound him up the gut trying to find the footsteps left by Stephen Davis in the home opener. The Buccaneer front four will have to exploit Peyton Manning's lack of speed and get pressure because blitzing is a big gamble against such a talented quarterback.
The offense gets most of the press in Indianapolis but their defense is to blame for their zero in the loss column. Tony Dungy has built a tough defense in his short tenure in Indiana much like he did in Tampa Bay when he took his first head coaching job. The Defenses will be tough in this one bringing the kicking game into the spotlight. Martin Gramatica and Mike Vanderjagt are two of the best in the league and will be called upon to be the saviors on the stalled drives the defenses are sure to create.
His players want to win for him and Dungy wants to go 3-0 against defending Super Bowl Champions in RJS. Both of these teams have had a field goal battle this year. Indianapolis had theirs in a week one 9-6 win in Cleveland. The Bucs had theirs in the only home game of the season. The Buccaneers cannot settle for field goals and keep pace with high octane Colts. The Bucs defense is rested and hungry, a bad combination for Colts fans. Look for the defense to keep Manning on the run en route to a narrow victory for the home team.
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