Opponents Have Given Up Running On BucsNovember 30th, 2012
Like Joe learned in high school, just about anyone can reinforce a premise with a statistic, twisted or otherwise.
Yes, the Bucs are tough against the run. Tops in the NFL in rushing defense in fact. But Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post believes this statistic to be misleading.
He cites (yes, more stats) to show that teams having given up knocking themselves out trying to run on the Bucs, and instead have gone after the Bucs’ glaring weakness: stopping the pass.
The Buccaneers have the No. 1 run defense in the NFL. They have held opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in eight games, and less than 40 yards rushing in three games.
So in response, their opponents have moved on from the run game quickly.
What it leads to is this: Only four teams have faced fewer rushing attempts than the Buccaneers this season.
The four teams Legwold documents that have faced fewer runs are Washington, Houston, Chicago and Seattle.
This makes a great deal of sense: Why keep running into a brick wall when you can throw over the wall and accomplish your goal? This is why Joe would be shocked if the Broncos run the ball 20 times Sunday.
Why would you run when you have Peyton Manning against the likes that make up the Bucs secondary.