I keep reading posts in numerous threads about how this is a bad time for the Giants to play Tampa Bay because the ‘Bucs have lost 2 in a row and they will be oh so “angry” coming into the game.
I mean, how can the Giants possibly win a game if all the players on the opposing team are ANGRY?
But there is a psychological flip side to this kind of anger and it’s called “self doubt”.
The fact is that Tampa has lost 2 in a row to inferior teams because they haven’t been playing well. So while losing may make them angry, it likely also makes them a little less confident going into this game.
And if Tampa Bay faces some initial adversity in the Giants game (pick 6, blown coverage by their D, etc.) a collective feeling of “here we go again” may start to creep into the minds of the Bucs’ players.
I’m not saying that the Giants are going to win this game. I just don’t understand why some people automatically believe that the Bucs can’t be beat this week because they’ll be playing “angry”.
Anger may help motivate the Bucs, but losing 2 in a row has to have had some impact on their confidence.