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We're halfway through the week, the trade deadline has passed; isn't it about time to talk about Sunday's game? Even though the Pats won by 59 last week and the next opponent is 0-6, if there is any group of fans that should know they cannot take a win for granted, it should be fans of the Patriots.
Obviously these are not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who had one of the most dominating defenses in NFL history when Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch led their team to the 2002 Super Bowl. Anybody else with some insight on Tampa Bay?
Some Bucs stats:
Yards per Game: 370.2 (27th)
Yards per Play: 6.0 (31st)
Points per Game: 28.0 (29th)
1st Downs per Game: 20.3 (24th)
3rd Down Percentage: 43% (28th)
3rd Downs Allowed: 33 (26th)
Yards per Game: 99.5 (21st)
Yards per Carry: 4.4 (9th)
Touchdowns: 3 (20th)
20+ yard run plays: 6 (4th)
Time of Possession: 28:56 (20th)
Turnover Differential: -1 (16th)
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I'm surprised where they rank in passing yards allowed, actually. Do they have a shutdown corner in the mould of Revis who can chase Moss around pretty decently?
No. Teams get a lead on them, and the Bucs give up an average of 5 yards per rush. Why pass, just run out the clock and go home.
“When we look at the board, based on everything we want in a football player at that particular time, we evaluate them and take the player that fits best for our football team. That’s what we always do, and I think the last nine years we’ve put a pretty competitive team out there on the field every year. I think that’s how you do it – you get good football players. Sometimes they are not always at the No. 1 position, but I don’t think you pass up good football players to get the guys who aren’t as good just because they’re at a position that somebody feels you need.”
BB on his draft philosophy, April 2010
One of the worst defenses in the NFL. Ground defense is swiss cheese. Maroney et alia should truck over these guys. Air defense isn't much better. Throw at anyone besides Talib and you can get big gains, just look at the yards per pass stat.
I really don't see anything to be scared off except for a 'letdown' game from the Pats. Otherwise our offense should easily score 35+ and come away with the win.
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Their offense is good but their defense stinks, the one thing we have to watch out for is their ST. Stroughter is a nasty KR. I don't think Smith will be active by Sunday (concussion) so we have to deal with Stroughter.
They run the classic west coast "start with the run to set up the pass" so I see us staying in the 3-4.
I do see a blowout if we continue to see what we saw last week: an offense in sync and Brady in a groove.