One game may have to be postponed this weekend.
That game is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveling to Miami to take on the Dolphins this Sunday. Dolphins coach Adam Gase noted during Monday’s press conference with the media that he would have his team prepared to play the Buccaneers if the league decides the game has to be moved from a 1 p.m. ET kickoff due to Hurricane Irma.
Obviously, this is a problem for the fan bases of both teams. Fans cannot wait for the opening weekend. They have waited through free agency, draft, off-season, pre-season, and now they want the regular season to kick off.
It’s an interesting time for both teams. The Bucs were featured on this season of Hard Knocks, which aired on HBO on Tuesday nights. The show was given access to the team that showed the true personalities of the players on the roster, gameplays, drama, and more. Quarterback Jameis Winston is slowly but surely stepping into the shoes of a franchise player for the team, which hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2002.
On the flip side, the Dolphins lost their QB Ryan Tannehill in the preseason due to an injury for the year. The team decided to sway Jay Cutler from the broadcast booth and sign him to a deal that will see him return under center to be the starter for the year.
It’s expected that Gase and Bucs coach Dirk Koetter should know if they have to activate any contingency plans pretty soon. According to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the league had a conference call on Tuesday morning about whether to move the game. The league has yet to make a decision.
The call comes due to Irma getting stronger. As of this writing, the hurricane is now classified as a Category Five hurricane with winds of 175 m.p.h. as it moves west toward the Caribbean and Florida. By looking at the current projects, the storm could hit South Florida at some point this weekend, and that would obviously make playing a game in Miami a dangerous proposition.
This leads us to the options that the NFL has in front of them. They could move the game forward in an attempt to beat the storm, move it to another venue or it could be postponed and played in Week 11 when both teams are scheduled for a bye. In the event of the game being postponed and them playing that week, it would force both teams to play 16 straight weeks, which is just one of several unappealing choices that will have to be weighed with Irma on its way.
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