The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go with a traditional look against one-time division rival Minnesota Sunday.
The Buccaneers (7-5) will wear their red jerseys and pewter pants against the Vikings (6-6) as reported by The Athletic’s Greg Auman via Twitter on Saturday.
The Buccaneers showed off a Ndamukong Suh jersey on Twitter to officially announce their look for Sunday.
It hasn’t been the best look for the Bucs in the win-loss column with a 1-3 record. The Bucs narrowly beat the New York Giants 25-23 in Week 8 at the Meadowlands the first time wearing the red jerseys.
Tampa didn’t rock the threads the following week in a 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football. The Bucs looked more competitive in red against the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, both 27-24 losses, in Weeks 11 and 12 respectively.
The Bucs will look to snap a two-game skid overall and a three-game skid in red against the Vikings Sunday.
Another Father-Son Combo
Bucs rookie Antoine Winfield Jr. will play against his father’s old team Sunday, but the younger Winfield may not be the only player on the field with that scenario.
Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud reported via Twitter that the son of former Bucs star Hardy Nickerson may take the field, too.
As Stroud mentioned in his Tweet, it’s already been a big weekend for sons of former Bucs. Brad Johnson’s son, Max, led the LSU Tigers past Florida 37-34 Saturday.
Hardy Nickerson Sr. played for the Bucs from 1993 to 1999. Brad Johnson played the Bucs from 2001 to 2004, including the team’s Super Bowl run in 2002.
Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski spent the first nine years of his career in chilly New England, now considers Tampa in the 50s cold. He said in a Dec. 9 press conference that he gets asked about the weather by Bucs teammates who haven’t played in colder climates.
“I was wearing a beanie and everything,” Gronkowski said in the press conference. “It gets chilly in the 50s now but it feels good. You can’t beat this weather. You can’t beat football weather down here right now. Fifty degrees, 60 degrees is great football weather.”
Gronkowski’s play heated up again in his last time out against the Chiefs in Week 12. He posted his first 100-yard game receiving this season with 106 yards on six catches.
No Golf for Brady, Arians
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady may have dispelled any tensions during the bye week.
They had plans for golfing together during the bye week after the Week 12 loss to the Chiefs according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Plans changed when the NFL informed the Bucs that it would violate league COVID-19 rules, Schefter wrote.
Speculation of tensions between Brady and Arians abounded for weeks because of the team’s 1-3 stretch. Brady attempted to dispel it multiple times before the Chiefs game.