The Buccaneers are currently on a four game losing streak. Here is the blueprint to ending the losing streak and beating the Arizona Cardinals.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6) are hosting the Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1) in their first home game at Raymond James Stadium in almost two months. During the span away from home, the team faced Jared Goff, Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Allen, Ryan Tannehill, and Russell Wilson.
The only bonafide starters in that group are Jared Goff and Russell Wilson. The other three quarterbacks were backups at some point this season although Bridgewater and Tannehill were starters in the league before.
The blueprint to a pewter and red victory on Sunday against the Cardinals is containing rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. On the season, Murray has thrown for 2,229 yards, nine touchdowns, and four interceptions along with 313 rushing yards and two scores. In order to win against the Cardinals, the Buccaneers’ defense is going to have to stop Kyler Murray from using his legs and not letting him torch the defense.
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In their first eight games of the season, the Buccaneers defense is allowing 293.5 yards per game through the air which ranks last in the entire league. This is not ideal for the defense as Kyler Murray is averaging 278 yards a game through the air. The thing that they should really be worried about though is his ability to create plays with his legs. Murray is the same exact type of player that Russell Wilson is in terms of size but Murray is a lot more explosive.
The Bucs defense currently ranks first in the NFL in rushing defense giving up 78.1 yards per game. If they intend to beat the Arizona Cardinals, they’re going to have to contain both Kyler Murray and newly acquired RB Kenyan Drake.
The defense will need to do all of this without cornerback Carlton Davis III, and pass rushers Carl Nassib, and Anthony Nelson who have all been ruled out for the game. Newly acquired outside linebacker Sam Acho, newly promoted rookie Kahzin Daniels, and rookie cornerback Jamel Dean will have to fill these spots and help the Bucs defense contain Kyler Murray to win.