Opposing View: Local Tampa Bay Links

Ian Logue
August 18, 2011 at 09:19am ET

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Going through this morning's links, I came accross a bunch from Tampa Bay's perspective.  So here's a second entry about what they're saying down in Florida about tonight's game:

Roy Cummings of the Tampa Bay Online has an article on tonight's game, and writes that the Patriots should give the Buccaneers a much tougher challenge than Kansas City did last week.

He also has his "5 Things to Watch" for tonight.

Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg times has his 5 things to watch, including how defensive tackle Gerald McCoy performs tonight.

Rick Brown of the Herald Tribune also has an article on McCoy, who is ready to prove himself tonight.

The Miami Herald has a syndicated piece from Scott Garbarini of the Sports Network previewing tonight's game.

NFL.com has an article on receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who they write is looking for his own 'beast mode' this season.

Bay News 9 has an article about the fact that tonight's game is scheduled to be the first of many blackouts for the Bucs this season.