3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bold Predictions for Week 1

Max Staley
Tom Brady could be in for a big debut.
Tom Brady could be in for a big debut. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

The matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints is arguably the most exciting matchup on the Week 1 slate.

With so much of the attention focusing in on the matchup between Drew Brees and Tom Brady, let's take a look at three bold predictions for this Week 1 matchup.

3. Mike Evans is Held Under 40 Receiving Yards

Marshon Lattimore has flat-out dominated Mike Evans. The last time Evans traveled to the Superdome, Lattimore held him without a catch on three targets. He's actually been held below 15 receiving yards in two of his last three road games against the Saints, though he exploded there in 2018. Tom Brady has plenty other weapons to target, so don't be surprised if Evans starts the year out with a whimper.

2. Ronald Jones Leads Tampa Bay in Rushing Yards

As the newest addition to the backfield, Leonard Fournette has received most of the attention recently. But it's hard to envision him overtaking Ronald Jones that quickly. Fournette will likely be relegated to a lesser role early on, making Jones the likeliest candidate to lead the team in rushing at first.

1. Tom Brady Throws for 350+ Yards in His Debut

All eyes will be on Brady in his debut. That should work in his favor, because Brady was absolutely spectacular the last time he faced the Saints in New Orleans. He threw for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns, completing 30-of-39 attempts. Playing with the best skill-position group he's had in years, Brady should come out hot in his debut, even if Evans struggles as predicted.

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