This Sunday’s football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals is set to be quite a match, as it marks the end of an already rollercoaster season for both teams. The Cardinals had plenty of chances to enter this year’s playoffs, but their postseason dreams are officially over after the 24-15 loss during week 15 against the Denver Broncos.
On the other hand, Tom Brady and his Bucs have been struggling to maintain consistency throughout this season and they’ll have their work cut out when lead they face off against the determined Cardinals on Christmas day. They blew a 17-point last week which makes their record 6-8, but still on top of the NFC South.
While the stakes aren’t as high for the Cardinals now that playoff ambitions are out of reach, Sunday is still something to bring a thrilling matchup.
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Bucs Still Up Despite Struggle This Season
Last Sunday, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shocking blew a 17-point lead to the Cincinnati Bengals, losing 34-23. The team’s eighth loss of the season marks Brady’s most in his Hall of Fame career. Adding to their struggles, Brady turned the ball over four times during the game, tying his career high for interceptions and fumbles since August 2011.
This year is Tampa Bay’s first under head coach Todd Bowles and the change has had an unwelcome effect on their offensive production. Scores are down with an average point rate of 17.6 per game compared to 30 from two seasons ago. It remains unclear whether or not the Buccaneers will be able to turn their season around but one thing is sure–they need to reverse this trend if they have any hope of playoff contention.
On the other hand, The Arizona Cardinals have suffered another difficult setback, their fourth loss in a row, falling yet again to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Now out of contention for the postseason and missing Kyler Murray and possibly Colt McCoy, the Cardinals are admittedly bleak when it comes to the next steps.
Backup quarterback Trace McSorely was thrown into the fire with just 15 pass attempts, experiencing a career-high of 95 yards with two interceptions. His possible entrance into a starting role has brought with it both apprehension and anticipation as he has not previously seen this level of play. Fans can only hope that McSorley will be able to turn things around for what remains a stumbling season for the Cardinals.