How Can the Buccaneers Stop the Cards? A Pewter Plank Roundtable
The key for the Bucs to stop the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive attack is going to be the front four of their defensive line.
With a veteran quarterback like Carson Palmer leading the squad Tampa Bay simply cannot rely on the blitz to gain consistent pressure on him. The front four will have to get in on Palmer early and often to rattle him a bit and get him to force some bad throws.
Even if they can shake up the quarterback a bit, there’s David Johnson who looks poised to stake his claim as a Top-3 running back in the NFL this season. He’s got the ability to bounce outside or cut back inside when needed so gap discipline and smart angles are going to be crucial to stopping the second year back.
Leaving as many players in pass protection as possible will help the secondary keep Arizona’s talented receivers from taking over, and allowing the linebackers to roam a bit in run support will aid greatly in keeping Johnson contained.
Do these things, and the Bucs have a definite chance to compete here.