Prior to the 2016 NFL Season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were widely considered one of the teams in the NFL with the most amount of potential. The team showed a significant amount of development in 2015, behind young players such as Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, and Doug Martin. With all three returning, it appeared that they would be heading towards a significant amount of success in 2016. While the team looked stable and ready for growth, they surprised many when they laid off coach Lovie Smith.
The Buccaneers have had a rocky start to the 2016 season. After winning their first game of the year against rival Atlanta, they ended up getting embarrassed by a score of 40-7 against the Arizona Cardinals. The worst part about the loss was that their featured running back, Doug Martin, ended up getting injured early in the game and is now expected to miss three weeks.
Despite a recent set of setbacks, a recent news article (http://www.turfshowtimes.com/2016/9/23/13009560/la-rams-film-room-preview-week-3-at-tampa-bay-buccaneers), seems to believe that they can rebound and win their third game of the year. During week 3 of the season, the Buccaneers will host the LA Rams. The Rams are playing just their third game after transferring to Los Angeles from St Louis. The team, which played a very terrible first game of the year against the San Francisco 49ers, seemed to rebound when they beat the Seattle Seahawks.
According to football experts, the success of the Buccaneers this game, and the rest of the season will rely heavily on the success of Jameis Winston. Winston was clearly one of the best young quarterbacks in the league last year and in the first week of the season. However, he has shown that he can be inconsistent when things are not going his way. This week the team will likely rely on him even more due to the fact that Martin will not be playing. The top running back spot this week will likely go to Charles Sims, a player that has showed some potential in limited action early in the season.