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Bucs ready for home spark
By RICK STROUD
Published September 18, 2005
TAMPA - They have no roof on the stadium to block out the searing sun. No season tickets available. And yet, there are some no-shows.
No problem? Well, it is if you're talking about the Bucs playing at home.
What used to be one of the toughest places to visit in the NFL has become a pleasant trip for too many Tampa Bay opponents. Since 2002, the Bucs are 7-9 at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs are coming off an emotional upset of their own at Minnesota. But it will mean very little if they don't defend their turf against the Bills today.
"We had a great win on the road, but I think we've really got to have a great start at home and really take that advantage in our favor and let that help us throughout the year," said Bucs fullback Mike Alstott. "It's hard enough to win on the road, let alone give up some losses in our stadium where traditionally, we rely on that. That's one of our major goals, to turn that thing around at home."
Face it, as bad as the Bucs have been at RJS recently, they were even worse on the road. Translation: they were a bad football team.
There also are many factors that players have to deal with at home that don't exist on the road. Relatives coming in for the game. Tickets and hotel rooms for guests. And another day in the heat.
While it should be an advantage, the Bucs have always been on the wrong side of the heat issue. Any team can come into RJS for three hours and survive. They are fresh when they get here. The Bucs, on the other hand, are drained from working in the heat for four days. By the fourth quarter on Sunday, they aren't always the freshest team.
"When you play teams at 1 o'clock, in the heat, that's not used to being in this weather, you should be able to close teams out and win games," cornerback Brian Kelly said.
EARLY TEST: You could make an argument that the Bills are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, having won 10 of their last 13 games since starting the 2004 season 0-4.
As good as the Bucs defense was in Week 1, the Bills D was even more dominant.
They sacked Texans quarterback David Carr five times, forced five turnovers and allowed just 120 yards of total offense.
"Hopefully, we can get a yard or two out there," said Bucs quarterback Brian Griese.
The Bills' 3-4 defense is anchored by 350-pound nosetackle Sam Adams, who keeps blockers off speedy linebacker Takeo Spikes. The secondary is a strength with cornerback Nate Clements and safeties Lawyer Milloy and Troy Vincent.
"They dominate everybody I've seen," Gruden said. "They're on the cusp of being one of the great teams in football.
DISTRACTING: Other than general manager Bruce Allen having to spend more time on camera, the off-field problems that made headlines this week hasn't been a big distraction in the Bucs' preparation for the Bills.
The biggest impact could be felt on kickoffs, where Mark Jones will replace Torrie Cox, who was arrested for the second time in nine months on a DUI charge. Offensive assistant Jay Gruden, who also was jailed for DUI, doesn't have much game-day responsibilities with the addition of quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett. Finally, Rick Razzano, inactive last week at Minnesota, might have been the 53rd man on the roster.
WEIRD STAT THAT MAY ONLY INTEREST ME: Next time you hear Gruden complain about continuity on offense, consider this: The three Super Bowl receivers still are pretty productive. Last week, Keyshawn Johnson, Keenan McCardell and Joe Jurevicius combined to catch five touchdown passes. Two each by Johnson for the Cowboys and the Chargers' McCardell in the same game. JoJo made his debut with the Seahawks.