Impact Players to Watch:Washington at Tampa Bay
“Hey! Hey! Tampa Bay”. Our Week 10 matchup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faces QB Alex Smith and the NFC East leading Washington Redskins (5-3) and all great RB Adrian Peterson at home at Raymond James Stadium. After suffering an embarrassing defeat from the Carolina Panthers and QB Cam Newton. Now they face another tough matchup in the Redskins who are leading the NFC East and looking to get back on track after getting beat down by the Atlanta Falcons at home. After QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had a furious second half comeback to be down by seven points against the Panthers the Buccaneers defense once again fail to make a key stop and now drop to (3-5) and still in the cellar of the tough NFC South.
For this week impact matchup, I will pick on Buccaneers defense against the ageless RB in Washington’s Adrian Peterson.
The Buccaneers Defense
The Buccaneers defense has been a big focal point of this entire season and enough is enough. I am done trying to support a defense who is on historically NFL record of having the worse defense in its history. This defense needs to get a wakeup call and I am ringing the bell and I want to see this defense show me something for once. Make me believe again because, I remember a Bucs defense who made teams fear them for almost a decade and now for that last 10 years this defense has been in the lower half of the NFL in sacks, interceptions, and QB pressure.
I am calling out on you LB LaVonte David you are a captain and one of the longest tenured Buccaneers next to All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy. I want to you show me that you are still one of the better LBs in the game. I want you to bring your best this week and see if you can carry it the rest of the season. If you and your crew don’t there will be sweeping changes in the off-season and this fan base will grow ever more pissed off or just tired of the product on the field.
The Bucs currently have on the season one interception to six forced fumbles on the season and will look to face RB Adrian Peterson who torched them for 134 yards last year for the Arizona Cardinals and will look to do the same again now for the Redskins.
For fantasy, the Bucs defense is currently ranked at 307th with 22 fantasy points on the season per Yahoo fantasy football.
Adrian Peterson 11th Year Pro 6’1 220lbs Running Back Oklahoma
Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round of 2007 NFL Draft from Oklahoma. Peterson has been one of the NFL’s greatest running back in the last 10 years since the days of Emmett Smith and Barry Sanders. Peterson is still in today’s new NFL with various high-power offenses. Peterson has been a force except for the last two seasons after being cut by the Vikings in 2017. He has bounced around a little with last season by starting the year with the New Orleans Saints and then being released and signed up by Arizona once they lost starting RB David Johnson to a wrist injury and was somewhat productive in his time there. Peterson is quietly padding his stats on a future Pro football hall of fame career once it is over.
This past off-season he was able to get signed by Washington and it has paid off with his show some glimpses of his once amazing speed, Peterson is looking to help Washington and HC Jay Gruden get back in the playoffs.
Peterson is looking to once again to dominate the Bucs as he did last season but with Washington O-line down by some terrible injuries they are going to try to give Peterson and the skins some room to make moves.
For fantasy, Peterson is currently ranked at 45th with 103 fantasy points on the season per Yahoo fantasy football.