Throughout the season, the Buccaneers have relied time and time again on their offense to win them games, much to the surprise of many who watched the team last year in the playoffs. It was not a rarity at all to watch the Bucs get into shooting matches with opposing teams due mostly to the fact that their defense simply could not prevent other teams from moving the ball.
Whether it was rookie quarterbacks or veterans, nearly all opposing teams had high scoring days when playing the Buccaneers. This was obviously due in part to the plethora of injuries suffered by the Bucs defense, but still, that lack of defensive success was shocking to many fans.
All of this makes the performance of the Bucs defense in their first playoff game against the Philidelphia Eagles all the more surprising. The Bucs defense has looked nothing short of incredible so far in the game as they shutout the Eagles through the first half.
There has been consistent pressure on Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts which has forced him into multiple sacks for a loss as well as ill-advised passes. Jordan Whitehead has looked particularly great, with multiple big-time tackles in the backfield. As a result, the Eagles have struggled to get anything going in their run game, which they heavily rely on, completely hindering their offensive strategy.
Even the secondary, which has been the Achilles heel of the team all year, has looked impressive, nearly intercepting multiple passes and bringing another one home. Aside from the occasional pass to a tight end, the Eagles have barely been able to get the ball to any of their receivers.
If they can continue to perform at this level for the second half of the Eagles game and the rest of the playoffs, the Bucs have to feel good about their chances moving forward as the offense is showing no signs of slowing down either.
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