Training camp and preseason games are in the rearview mirror, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fully focused on the next task at hand.
The defending Super Bowl champs will kick off the 2021 NFL regular season Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium, as they host the Dallas Cowboys in front of a national audience.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians says his team is locked in on their preparations for Week 1.
“[It’s] totally different,” Arians said of the transition from preseason to the regular season. “Yeah, totally different. The intensity of the practice, the communication – it’s game week. We do have the two extra days, but rather than going against ourselves – we’ve had enough going against ourselves – we just went ahead and started on Dallas. The coaches have had the plan for a long time, so we’ve had plenty of time to digest it and see what we like and what we don’t like.”
Tampa Bay’s starters barely saw the field in their first two preseason games, both losses, but looked impressive in extended action against the Houston Texans in their preseason finale.