The Bucs enjoyed the big stage afforded by Monday Night Football this week, but there's a down side to being featured in the primetime game.
Now, Tampa Bay has fewer days of preparation and recovery for Sunday's game, coupled with the challenge of having to fly cross-country for a game against the 49ers at Candlestick Park.
"It’s difficult because it’s a shorter week," left tackle Donald Penn said. "It’s a real short week because we leave on Friday. I think the only good thing is (practice) is a little lighter. It helps your body recover faster. Usually, I would have had two days off before today. I’m hurting a lot more. I’m a lot more sore than I would be if we would’ve played on Sunday. People have to take care of their bodies and we have to recover faster than we usually would and we have to put in that extra work with the gameplan."
The coaching staff was the first to be impacted. They normally spend Monday mornings reviewing tape of Sunday's game and examining areas they need t...