BETTER: BUCCANEERS DEFENSE ABLE TO GET TO THE QUARTERBACK
FINALLY SOME SACKS!
Against Eli Manning and the Giants porous offensive line the Buccaneers did not secure a single sack during the 80 snaps that the defense was on the field. Luckily the return of Brent Grimes from injury helped the secondary’s ability to shut down the top Giants receivers.
Prior to the Patriots game the Buccaneers defense had not registered a sack in 200 defensive snaps with their ONE sack occurring way back in the first game on the Bears second offensive drive when Noah Spence strip sacked Mike Glennon and Lavonte David recovered the fumble. Basically a span of two and a half games without a sack and only ONE on the season for the first three games.
Then came Tom Brady and the Patriots and the drought FINALLY ended after the third Patriots series (212 snaps) when defensive tackle Clinton McDonald brought down Tom Brady on first and ten for a seven yard loss. Then at the start of the second quarter on third and one Gerald McCoy finally record his first sack of the season for a loss of three yards.
Then in the third quarter on second and four blitzing linebacker Adarius Glanton got his first career sack that was a strip sack which was recovered by the Buccaneers.
Within three quarters the Buccaneers tripled their sack total of the entire season but surprisingly even though he played on 81% (61 of 74 snaps) of the defensive snaps Noah Spence did not record a single sack and he only recorded two tackles in the game.
Even while tripling their sack total the Buccaneers are still last in the NFL with only four sacks on the season, but hopefully getting three in one game will help them to start getting to the quarterback on a more regular basis.