5-For-17 On Third DownOctober 21st, 2013
A hopeful stat for the Bucs before yesterday’s beating by the Falcons was that Atlanta had the NFL’s worst defense on third down.
How bad were the Falcons? Teams were converting against them on third down at a 50 percent clip. Teams were even getting it done at better than 40 percent at 3rd-and-8 or longer.
But in came the Bucs offense. Tampa Bay was a flimsy 5-for-17 on third down yesterday. That just shouldn’t happen to an offense that has Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
Interestingly, Buccaneers staff member Scott Smith Twittered during the game that Jackson made his first third-down catch in a Bucs uniform without converting it for a first down. And then it happened again.
Of course, all those third downs are troubling on their own. It lets you know the Bucs aren’t moving the chains enough on first and second downs.