Bucs Monday Mailbag: Are The Rams For Real? Playoff Seeds And 2021 Draft Plans
The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com's Mark Cook answers your questions from our @PewterReport Twitter account. You can submit your question weekly via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Here are the questions we picked for this week's edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag. Question: While we'll find out Monday night, the Rams […]

The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com's Mark Cook answers your questions from our @PewterReport Twitter account. You can submit your question weekly via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Here are the questions we picked for this week's edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag.

Question: While we'll find out Monday night, the Rams have wins over Washington, Eagles, Cowboys, Giants and Bears (Nick Foles) as five of their six wins. Is this a very good 6-3 team or a team whose opponents are so inferior?

Reply: I understand what you're saying about the Rams and the teams they beat, and I've thought about that too, but when we watch them play we see a really good LA football team on both sides of the ball. Football games are sometimes as much about games as it is talent, and this game isn't a good game for the Bucs in terms of a patchwork offensive line having to go against a physical defensive line like the Rams. In Tampa Bay's three losses, it was the same scenario. The Saints and Bears took a beating on the Bucs' offensive line. No one would say the Bears on paper are even close to the Buccaneers in terms of talent, but I don't know if I would pick the Bucs to beat the Bears if they played tomorrow. And I certainly wouldn't pick them to beat the Saints - even without Drew Brees.

Even offensively, the Rams present challenges for the Bucs' defense, especially with two really good tight ends, a solid setting back trio and the way they use movement and wrong direction with play-action. The Tampa Bay defense will need to be extremely disciplined with their eyes and trust what they see. And linebacker Devin White will need to have his best game in terms of coverage for the Bucs to claim the victory.

I think they can, and we even predicted them to do so in our weekly previews and forecasts, but honestly this game scares me more than next week's Chiefs game. The Chiefs are a better team than the Rams, but the Bucs 'offense matches better against the Chiefs' defense than against the Rams.

Question: Did the Saints really do the Bucs a service by beating them? As a wild card, the Bucs could likely play the winner of the NFC East. As the division winner, the Bucs might actually play a more difficult team.

Bucs QB Tom Brady and Saints QB Drew Brees
Bucs QB Tom Brady and Saints QB Drew Brees - Photo by: Cliff Welch / PR

Reply: In this crazy soccer world of 2020 we live in, maybe you can make that point. Normally teams still want a home playoff game, but there has been no clear advantage for teams playing at home this season without supporters in the stands. So going on the road to play the NFC East winner isn't the worst thing that can happen.

Of course, if the Bucs hope to reach the Super Bowl, the path will always require them to beat a team like Seattle or New Orleans, or a team of that caliber. Whether the Bucs get them at the start of the playoffs, Tampa Bay has yet to beat them and most importantly for the Buccaneers is to be as healthy as possible as they head into the playoffs and play at a level. peak.

Question: If you are the general manager of Bucs, do you invest all or most of the 2021 picks in OL / DL? The depth is not great, it is obvious.

Bucs DT Khalil Davis
Bucs DT Khalil Davis - Photo by: Cliff Welch / PR

Reply: Look at you! It is November 23 and we finally have our first draft question. In 10 years of covering this team, this is the longest we have spent without really addressing the project. And that's a great thing. Honestly, it was quite tiring to start drafting talk in mid-October as we've often done over the years, while waiting for the Bucs to end with another Top 10 pick.

Regarding your question, I would definitely look to add defensive linemen / passer, either through draft or free agency. Knock wood, other than Vita Vea, Tampa Bay was fortunate not to have serious injuries. Fingers crossed, it stays that way because if let's say that a Jason Pierre-Paul or a Ndamukong Suh were to be lost, the season could be too. There is simply no proven talent behind the current starting group. I think drafting and development along the defensive front needs to be a major priority this offseason. The Bucs are hoping players like defensive tackle Khalil Davis and outside linebacker Cam Gill can be productive rookies someday, but even as we grow, the Buccaneers still need more heading into 2021. Who knows so Suh decided to hang up after this year. , or even if they can afford it or outside linebacker Shaq Barrett next year when the salary cap retracts.

With the salary cap set to be significantly lower, the Bucs will face tough choices - like most teams. With many teams facing tough salary cap cuts next March, the 2021 free agent harvest could be the biggest we've seen since unrestricted free agency began in 1993. .

Question: Since Tom Brady loves to throw at our RBs (who have a hard time catching constantly), why not give Ke'Shawn Vaughn a try?

Bucs RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn
Bucs RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn - Photo by: Cliff Welch / PR

Reply: It might be something we'll see later, but I'm not sure if Bucs' coaching staff still trust Keyshawn Vaughn for pass protection. When lined up in the backfield during passing, the running back's first responsibility is to pick up the blitz in most cases, and we haven't seen enough sample of Vaughn to know if he's ready for it. For the young full-backs this is normally the thing they struggle with the most.

We also saw Vaughn lose a costly fumble in the Bears game just before half-time after a capture that completely reversed the dynamics of that game. Vaughn is a work in progress and the staff and front office have high hopes for him in the future. Don't count on 2020 as the season where he has a big impact.


This is a beginners guide to betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a football betting spécialiste with a long history of placing football bets, I am not ! I know the digitale and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about football.

I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about football betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting.

You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the professionnel, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen !

These are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences.

When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but of course the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick.

Beginners Guide to Football BettingThis is a beginners guide to football betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a betting spécialiste with a long history of placing bets, I am not ! I know the web and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about . I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about football betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting. You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the expert, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen ! Something that you might benefit from is our free tipster fax course. It is a free fax course that takes sept days to complete and by the end of it you should be a bit of an spécialiste ! Some Football Betting TermsI figured I would start off with some football betting terms. Stake – This is the amount of money you place on a bet, in other words the amount of money you stand to lose if you don’t win. Accumulator – A accumulator is a series of single bets grouped together, if each of the bets comes off then the odds accumulate together. Normally when you hear of people putting a fiver on something and winning a couple of thousand it is because of accumulators. Because each bet needs to win though they can be risky. Handicap – This is a bet that is offered when one team is the clear favourite – Think Brazil vs your local old boys team ! The handicap gives a small advantage to the underdog. For example, there may be a one goal head start given to the underdog. I am going to explain Handicapping more later in this article. Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the satisfaisant score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an professionnel football bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but bien sûr the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher.

The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment.

Beginners Guide to Football BettingThis is a beginners guide to betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a betting spécialiste with a long history of placing football bets, I am not ! I know the web and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about . I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about football betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to betting. You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the professionnel, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen ! Something that you might benefit from is our free tipster email course. It is a free fax course that takes 7 days to complete and by the end of it you should be a bit of an professionnel ! Some Football Betting TermsI figured I would start off with some betting terms. Stake – This is the amount of money you place on a bet, in other words the amount of money you stand to lose if you don’t win. Accumulator – A football accumulator is a series of solo bets grouped together, if each of the bets comes off then the odds accumulate together. Normally when you hear of people putting a fiver on something and winning a couple of thousand it is because of accumulators. Because each bet needs to win though they can be risky. Handicap – This is a bet that is offered when one team is the clear favourite – Think Brazil vs your local old boys team ! The handicap gives a small advantage to the underdog. For example, there may be a one goal head start given to the underdog. I am going to explain Handicapping more later in this article. Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the satisfaisant score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. 90 Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal 90 minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an spécialiste bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but oui the reward is far greater. As a new football bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher. The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment. Getting your way with the bookiesSomething you will encounter when you start betting is a range of different online and offline bookmakers. All will have their own way of dealing with things and all will want you to work with them differently. This can seem daunting but we’ve written up a guide on what to look out for and how to state your case if you think a bookmaker has wronged you.

There are two things I have caught myself doing related to being greedy, the first is adding extra teams into an accumulator just because it will bump up my maximum payout. This is almost always a dramatiques idea ! The deuxième thing I have done is bet more money on a team than I initially was going to. You should have a plan for how much you are going to bet and stick to it.

You are not going to win every bet, if you want to become successful at betting on you need to be patient and pick the right bets for you. Never bet more than you can afford to loseBefore I place a bet I always think about the money I am going to be placing on it and think, if I were to lose this money right now would I be OK with that. If the answer is no I won’t place the bet.

They are too unpredictable, you don’t know how much effort the respective teams are putting in and reserve players may get an outing that you weren’t counting on. If the friendlies are before the start of a new season ( they often are ) players will be very aware to not pick up any injuries so might not play as hard as they normally do.

What I mean by this is that two teams can look a certain way on paper, but if one of those teams has already won the league and the other is fighting to stay in the league there is a very good chance that the team good on paper will be on auto pilot whilst the team playing to stay out of relegation is going to be fighting for their life !

If ever there was a post to comment on with your questions this would be it ! The only stupid question is the one not asked. We’re also really keen on hearing where we can improve this article, so if you still have questions or something wasn’t clear, it was because we’ve done a bad job and we would love you to tell us how to do better. If you’re hungry for more, I can highly recommend our free fax course.

Unfortunately a lot of money is wasted because people place bets without really knowing too much about what they are doing. If you know someone like that please feel free to share this with them. The social media share links are below if you’d like to share on Facebook etc.

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