Bucs Tops In Interceptions, 28th In SacksDecember 2nd, 2013
One great mystery of this season that doesn’t involve sleepy, leaky Josh Freeman is how the Bucs are 3-9 with a +10 turnover ratio. That’s a true oddity in the NFL. It’s as rare as Joe getting a call from a cheerleader for an evening of clubbing and hot tubbing.
Winning or tying the turnover battle consistently means a winning record during a normal season.
In 2010, Raheem The Dream’s Buccaneers had a +9 turnover ratio and won 10 games. In 2011, they recorded a heinous -16 ratio en route to a 10-game losing streak.
The last time the Bucs won the NFC South (2007), Chucky’s Bucs had a +15 turnover ratio. Before that (2005), the division champ Bucs had a +7 ratio. In 2008, it was +4 in the 9-7 season.
The New Schiano Order Bucs were +3 last season and, as Joe just referenced, are a whopping +10 today.
It really tells you two things: the 2013 Bucs protect the football and have a truly impotent offense.
After two interceptions yesterday against Carolina, Tampa Bay now leads the NFL in interceptions with 17. That’s right. Keith Tandy has three along with Lavonte David to lead the team.
Interestingly, the Bucs are an ugly 28th in sacks with a total of 24. That’s no surprise to anyone who has watched the Bucs rush the passer.
One can spin stats in all kinds of different directions. So Joe’s not going to go there.
But again, Joe can safely say the Bucs take care of the football and have a poor offense. You simply have to convert turnovers into touchdowns to succeed in the NFL.