The Tampa Buccaneers have had their fair share of ups and downs this season, with much more of the latter occurring. The bulk of their issues have remained on the offensive side of the ball, with Jameis Winston struggling to play with any level of consistency that has kept Tampa Bay out of playoff contention.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans have been on a rollercoaster ride themselves with their rollercoaster type of play. They bounced back last Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers behind a crazy finish to the game by forcing a fumble on a goal-line stand to seal the win at home.
All of this sets up what should be an intriguing matchup in Week 8 with both teams looking to take another step forward toward contending for the playoff
Buccaneers hoping to find consistent play from Jameis WinstonThe Buccaneers have struggled to find their level of consistency this season falling under the .500 mark on the year and that has largely come due to their lack of consistency offensively. Fifth-year quarterback Jameis Winston has yet to show that he can be the long-term answer under center as he has played on both ends of the spectrum this season. Winston is coming off an outing that was off the latter end of things as he struggled to break through against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7 action as he threw five interceptions while being sacked seven times in the contest. He may have thrown for 400 yards, but that was completely overshadowed by the large number of turnovers that he committed in the contest.
Their lone bright spot offensively through this point of the year has been the stellar play of third-year wideout Chris Godwin, who is putting up a career-best campaign as he has 43 receptions for 662 receiving yards with six touchdowns through the first six games played. Godwin has recorded more than 100 receiving yards in each of the last three straight games and reached that mark four times overall this season. He may be a huge threat in the passing game, but the utter lack of consistency on the field that Winston has had has made it difficult to trust the Buccaneers in any capacity at this point, especially heading on the road against a formidable defense. Until Winston starts to show he can be dependable each week, it leaves plenty of doubt around picking them.
Titans looking to build momentumLike the Buccaneers, the Titans have struggled to find their way on the field over the first several games of the season. They have shown flashes in both directions that have made them one of the more frustrating teams to watch in the league. They have shown the ability to step it up against formidable opponents, but then falter back down with their lackluster play offensively. It has already lead to a quarterback change with Marcus Mariota losing his starting job with Ryan Tannehill replacing him under center. The change has led to split results with Tannehill under center, but he is coming off a solid outing against the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday as he completed 23-of-29 passes for 312 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and a 120.1 passer rating in the win at home.
The Titans have had some bright spots offensively as running back Derrick Henry has held his own for the most part with 506 rushing yards and five touchdowns that have him on pace to notch 1,157 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Granted, Henry is rushing for just 3.7 yards per attempt, he has put up more than 75 rushing yards in three out of the last four games played. Rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown has been a reliable option in the passing game with his big-play ability down the field as he has 20 catches for 337 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Brown is coming off a solid outing against the Chargers, where he had a career-best six catches for 64 receiving yards. The Titans will go up against the worst pass defense in the league, allowing 304.5 yards per contest. The Titans should be in store for a strong outing at home with the chance to grab their second straight win.
- Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings against Tampa Bay
- Tampa Bay is 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
- Tampa Bay is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Tampa Bay is 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games in October.