DEFENSIVE LINE: A+
The Buccaneers and their fans have got to be ecstatic over the drastic improvement Noah Spence has shown over the past few weeks, and he’s rewarded their investment with more than a couple sacks and two strip sacks in the past three games.
In this one, Spence got to Russell Wilson 1.5 times and cause the aforementioned fumble which was unfortunately recovered by the Seahawks quarterback himself.
Wilson found himself under fire all game long and you can believe the pressure put on him by the front-four contributed greatly to the 52% completion percentage and just 151-yards of passing accomplished by the Seattle quarterback.
Five times in all, this unit got to the quarterback and it was truly a group effort. Gerald McCoy got a late solo sack to give him 1.5 after combining with Spence on one previously.
The spread in sacks shows just how the pressure was coming from every angle throughout the game, and is a small measure of just how impactful their performance was in this win.
Wilson wasn’t the only player to feel the frustration caused by the Buccaneers defensive line though as Thomas Rawls was held to just 38-yards rushing on 12 carries and it was Wilson himself who led his team in rushing as he was running from pressure for 80-yards on the ground.
You don’t want to see Wilson running a whole lot, but when he’s running because he doesn’t want to get hit, then you’re defense is doing it’s job.