On paper, a matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals looks like a mismatch from the team’s records last season but a look after Week 1 shows a Tampa team that won their opener while Arizona lost their opening game. This game in the desert is the second straight on the road for the Buccaneers and the second straight home game for the Cardinals. Will Week 1 repeat itself or will things change in Week 2? Here is a look at the matchup.
The Buccaneers scored a 31-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons last week. Jameis Winston threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. Mike Evans had five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown while Doug Martin rushed for 62 yards. This is a different Tampa Bay team than last season with a more experienced Winston and while the defense had some issues against Atlanta, things are looking up for a possible playoff run in Tampa. If Winston can find Evans a lot more again this week, this is a chance for the Bucs to be 2-0 after the first two weeks.
The Cardinals fell 23-21 to the New England Patriots in their opener. Carson Palmer threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns with both going to Larry Fitzgerald, who finished with eight catches for 81 yards. David Johnson showed he can be the lead running back, with 89 yards on the ground and a touchdown to go with 46 receiving yards on four catches. It wasn’t the best night for the defense that had been expected to control New England and their backup quarterback. This is a key test for that group trying to stop Winston and avoiding the Cardinals falling to 0-2 for the season.
What time is the Cardinals vs. Buccaneers game?
The Cardinals vs. Buccaneers game will begin at 4:05 P.M. Eastern/3:05 P.M. Central.
What date and channel will the Cardinals vs. Buccaneers game be on?
The Cardinals vs. Buccaneers game will be played on Sunday, September 18 and can be seen on Fox.