The Bucs have done this London thing before, and they think they learned a thing or two.
Lesson No. 1: Arrive there early.
Last time around, the Bucs treated the game like any other road contest. They left Tampa Friday and got there Saturday morning London time for a Sunday game. They players said they hated it.
“I slept all day Saturday the last time I was there,” tackle Donald Penn told the Tampa Tribune. “I was tired. . . . It took a lot out of me the last time. It’s a big time adjustment. I’m real happy about how we’re doing it this year.”
Tampa took the opposite approach this time around. They left on Monday, and allowed their players to see the sights Tuesday.
The Bears are going the other route, deciding to practice this week in Chicago. They have taken criticism from former player Desmond Clark and the writers at ESPNChicago.com for treating this like any other week.
Perhaps it’s all mental and doesn’t make a difference. But the Bucs believe they have an advantage in London with their approach.