This should be the final tune-up for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before they start their title defense, in earnest.
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said that he would be playing his team’s starters for the first half of Saturday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans, the last before the start of the regular season.
The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (0-2) are still searching for their first preseason victory and are coming off of a 34-3 loss against the Titans in which Tampa did not play its starters. Rookie quarterback Kyle Trask struggled, completing 13 of 26 passes for 131 yards with two interceptions, and the Buccaneers gained just 207 yards of total offense.
The Texans (2-0), meanwhile, are looking to stay perfect after they toppled the in-state rival Dallas Cowboys, 20-14, in their second preseason game last week. Houston gained just one more yard of total offense in its game than Tampa did in its loss against the Titans, but the Texans forced four turnovers, including a 53-yard interception that was returned for a touchdown by safety Lonnie Johnson Jr.
Texans coach David Culley said that the team’s starters would play into the second half vs. the Bucs.
Here’s everything you need to know for Saturday:
What time does Buccaneers at Texans start?
Tampa Bay and Houston kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 28 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
What TV channel is Buccaneers at Texans on?
The game will be broadcast on ABC13 in Houston and NBC WFLA-TV in Tampa.
How can I watch Buccaneers at Texans online via live stream?
Fans in the Houston area can watch on the HoustonTexans.com mobile website (Safari) and in the official Texans App (iOS & Android). Fans in the Tampa area can watch the game on WFLA.com. Out-of-market fans can watch on NFL GamePass.