We know where we are in the standings, but you won’t hear us talking about it in the locker room. Our ultimate goal is to win one week at a time. Tampa Bay is a very tough team. They’ve got a good back in Doug Martin and an explosive offense. We’ve got to be able to play with them and make sure we don’t turn the ball over, because their defense is very good at creating turnovers. Right now our goal is to win this one, move forward and win the next, and hopefully position ourselves in a good spot where we want to be come playoff time.
In the Bucs secondary, Ronde Barber covers their youth. He’s a very smart player. He’s around the ball a lot and making plays. That’s something that’s going to be a challenge for us as receivers. We’ve got to make sure that we’re sound with our technique and we’re getting to the right spots for Peyton.
Like I said, turnovers determine games. We always talk about giving it away versus taking turnovers — if you’re always in the positive, you’ll have success. You’ll see more wins. That’s why our goal is to eliminate them on offense and make sure we get a few defensively.
One thing is it’s always nice to be home. I know we’ve got a stretch here, I think three of the last five are at home. So it’s nice to have that home field advantage, especially at this time of year when it’s so crucial to set yourself up for a playoff run.
Talk to you next week.