Bucs Defense Ranked No. 16October 15th, 2013
The Bucs’ defense has had extreme highs and lows this season, which explains their No. 16 ranking (350.8 yards per game) through Week 6 of the 2013 NFL season.
Sunday against the Eagles surely was the low point, with the Bucs getting burned for huge plays in the passing game and letting Philly ice the win with 11 consecutive runs on a fourth-quarter drive.
For those who don’t think total yards allowed is a fair way to measure a defense, Joe always remembers Derrick Brooks discussing how the glory-years defense set out to fight for “every blade of grass.”
The Bucs are middle-of-the-pack in most defensive categories. But one bright spot remains the rush defense. The Bucs led the NFL last season in run defense, and this year they’re allowing 3.8 yards per carry, good for seventh best in the league. And 20.2 points allowed per game is 10th best.
As for the offense’s ranking, well, Joe doesn’t want to further depress anyone.