Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Indianapolis Colts Preview
The Adam Vinatieri-era is going to end, sooner or later. The Indianapolis Colts claimed kicker Chase McLaughlin off waivers on Wednesday while the venerable Vinatieri nurses an ailing knee. Vinatieri has missed 13 kicks (seven FGs, six PATs) on the season and is coming off a dreadful game against Tennessee, in which he missed three field goals, two of them blocked. Injuries continue to plague the Colts — while running back Marlon Mack (hand) could return, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) is unlikely to play and might not return this season. Between the suspect kicking game and the missing star-power on offense, points have been hard to come by for the Colts, who have failed to top 17 in four of the last six.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was noncommittal Wednesday about the long-term prospects of Jameis Winston as the franchise’s quarterback, instead electing to “take a pass on that one.” But despite his league-high 20 interceptions, Winston has gone seven quarters without throwing one during the team’s two-game winning streak. Of course, the quarterback didn’t throw a touchdown, either, last week against Jacksonville, but he didn’t have to. The Bucs’ defense turned created Jacksonville turnovers that led to three touchdowns in their 28-11 thrashing of the Jags. Winston threw for 268 yards, snapping a streak of six consecutive games with at least 300.