Expect A Bounceback By Michael BennettNovember 28th, 2012
The way Matty Ice ripped apart the Bucs secondary Sunday, Joe is almost afraid to watch the Bucs play the Broncos with the ultimate NFL surgeon, Peyton Manning, barking signals for the Broncos.
If Matty Ice carbed up the Bucs like leftover Thanksgiving turkey, imagine what Manning will do? It is a disturbing thought.
Maybe Joe is panicking? If one is to read between the lines of the breakdown of the loss to the Dixie Chicks by Thomas Maney of ProFootballFocus.com, it seems the Bucs’ front line, which barely breathed on Matty Ice, couldn’t have played worse.
Though Matt Ryan was just two of four for 21 yards and an interception on passes under pressure, the Tampa Bay defense just didn’t get to him nearly often enough, pressuring him on just six of his 34 drop-backs. Left end Michael Bennett (-3.4) had a particularly bad day as he failed to disrupt Ryan even once on his 28 pass rushes, only the second time in the past two seasons he’s failed to record a QB pressure. A matchup we highlighted going into the game was Gerald McCoy versus the interior line of the Falcons. And though he was strong against the run, McCoy, like Bennett, failed to make much of an impact rushing the passer, producing a single hurry. Among Tampa Bay’s front seven, only Da’Quan Bowers graded positively for his efforts rushing the passer, producing a team-leading two pressures on 19 snaps.
You know what this tells Joe? That Peyton Manning may see a little pressure from the Bucs. If last Sunday was the second time in two years Michael Bennett didn’t get pressure on a quarterback, why believe he will repeat that again in consecutive games?
Now Joe isn’t getting all giddy thinking Manning will be on the turf a half-dozen times. Every time a good quarterback has faced the Bucs (Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Matty Ice), the Bucs secondary has been ripped to shreds as if the quarterbacks were in seven-on-seven drills.
But perhaps if Manning is hurried once in a while the Bucs might be able to take advantage of a mistake?
Joe has a hunch the Bucs are going to be three-step-dropped to death by Peyton Manning just like his kid brother Eli did to them earlier in the year.