Run Game Should Get In GearDecember 4th, 2013
Much has been made of the Bucs’ inability to run the ball effectively in recent games. Well, a lot of it has to do with who the Bucs were playing.
In the Detroit Lions and the Stinking Panthers, the Bucs were going up against two of the top rush defenses in the NFL. Carolina and Detroit are second and third, respectively, in stopping the run.
In the win against the Lions, the Bucs had a meager 24 yards on the ground (which includes 17 yards lost by quarterback Mike Glennon).
Despite the Bucs offensive line being manhandled by the Stinking Panthers, the Bucs managed to rush for 66 yards. Looking back, that number surprised Joe because the Stinking Panthers defensive line was going all WWE on the Bucs’ front line.
Buffalo is a different animal. The Bills have a miserable rush defense, 24th to be exact, the polar opposite of what the Bucs faced with Detroit and Carolina.
If for some reason the Bucs cannot get the running game going Sunday, that would raise some interesting questions.