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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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    Disagree with the predictions because it’s based on somehow we have a pass rush and a creative Defensive Coordinator, an Offensive Coordinatoer/Head Coach who will help Winston by calling passing plays to take advantage of his strength’s not his weaknesses. Coach Koetter can’t call a conservative game from the get go and only open it up when we are behind. Obviously this is a must win and if we don’t get it then start playing players who will be here in 2017. We have several older players who aren’t in the plan in my opinion if we lose this game. Go Bucs! It’s a must win!

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    Will be shocked if win this game. The season is effectively over in any case. Atlanta is torching Denver and will likely be 4-1. The truth is this team is closer to getting a top 5 pick in the draft than it is making the playoffs. We may want to use a second round pick on a QB. JW looks more like Josh Freeman than Ben Rothlisburger. We are long way from being competitive.

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    To win they have to stop turning it over, find a run game somehow with either Rodgers or Barber,find a pass rush with a D line made up of all back ups basically.

    As a Bucs fan I want to see this badly. Given the play thus far I just don’t see that happening with any of those 3 things.

    I hope as usual I’m wrong! This is huge game because with the bye coming and schedule getting easier this is likely the game the decides if we have any chance at all of making a run.

    Go Bucs!

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    Bucnut Giving up on Winston when the team is sucking and no run game doesn’t make sense to me.

    Yes, he needs to play better but let’s not forget he’s in his second year.

    Go look at some of the stellar qbs in this leagues second year and then you might gain some perspective.

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    See the defeatist attitude here Naples? That was my point. These folks are true Bucs fans, but, like me. they have been disappointed so many times they rarely are willing elevate their emotions so high that when we lose again the fall is so steep. Me, I always think there’s a way to victory. Here are the Scubog keys to avoid defeat. 1.) Don’t turn the ball over. 2.) Take the ball away. 3.) Open up the offense to score maximum points because our Defense is so weakened and hasn’t stopped anyone yet. 4.) Stop the big plays that have been killing us. 5.) Make the kicks. I’m hoping for victory as we head into the bye week and my much needed vacation. Please don’t embarrass us.

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      Sorry Scu, thats’s just to many things going right for the Buc’s to win. Wishing and actually doing are 2 very different things. I just hope they don’t get blown out and put forth a solid effort.

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    Most likely to be a lot of points scored in this one … could easily top 80 points combined. No defenses, especially with so many out on Bucs side, no running game from either team so it’s going to be a boat load of pass attempts. Whoever wins the turnover battle is likely to prevail.

    I pick the Bucs to win, as Jameis is currently playing well every other game, and this is another odd-numbered game. Bucs 41-CAR 38.

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    Even with all their injuries, the Panthers are still a better team than our Bucs. Their front 7 is still a problem and our OL has to elevate their game tonight. Winston needs to be turnover free and check it down when it’s available. Somehow our Defense has to find a way to not let yet another backup QB destroy us. It’s embarrassing at this point. And will Dirk finally switch up the tempo and not be so predictable on offense? He’s waited too long to get into No-Huddle or to switch up his tactics this season. It’s maddening.

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    Defensively we are a mess…yes the Panthers are too, but they are at least well coached. I hope I am wrong, but until I see otherwise I don’t see how I could pick the Buccaneers.

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