The “no fly zone” is in full effect. It’s a shame the “no win zone” has joined it.
It’s been a dismal three weeks to start the season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they have begun the season 0-3.
But what hasn’t been disappointing however is the play of the Bucs defense. In fact, it’s been more than what was perhaps expected.
First and foremost, the defense is only allowing 19 points a game which ranks them eleventh in the league. It also further highlights that the defense has kept the Buccaneers in the game when their offense has faltered, most notably in the game against the New Orleans Saints.
It also tells us that if the offense can put up a couple of touchdowns, the Buccaneers give themselves a great chance of winning games due to the shutdown defense.
The revamped Buccaneer secondary has been outstanding too. They have four interceptions, which ranks for tied third in the league, and have 15 pass breakups. Dashon Goldson has been lighting up opponents, literally, while Darrelle Revis has been fantastic, although it’s a disappointing that Bill Sheridan continues to play Revis in zone coverage, when we all know he excels in man-to-man.
The Bucs are allowing 344.3 yards per game, which has them in the top half of the league. It’s broken down by allowing 107 rushing yards and 237.3 passing yards a game.
The front seven of the Bucs have been dominant with Gerald McCoy leading the way. He’s simply been a monster so far this season, continually wrecking havoc in the backfield, rushing the quarterback and hitting him whenever he has the opportunity.
The Bucs have made 138 tackles this year which has them inside the top 10, but it is misleading in the sense that it highlights how much the defense has been on the field due to the lack of productivity of the offense.
The defense has also forced three fumbles and has one defensive touchdown thanks to the incredible 85-yard interception return by Mason Foster against the Saints.
Simply put the Bucs defense has been brilliant. Unlike the offense, the defense hasn’t embarrassed themselves this year.
As long as the defense continues its high level of play each week the Bucs will still have a chance to win.