Horrid Third Down Defense

November 28th, 2017

“I’m trying to reach 911!”

When it comes to the Bucs making a stop on third down in crunch time, you are better off saving yourself the aggravation and head out of the house with a bottle of Jim Beam.

In fact, the third down defense is just plain horrid, even worse in the fourth quarter.

BSPN’s “NFL Matchup” crew has crunched numbers and showed the Bucs have the fourth-worst third down conversion rates in the fourth quarter.

The bottom five teams? The clueless Colts, the futile 49ers, the Bucs, the Chargers and the Cardinals.

So why are the Chargers winning? Because they have an offense that can score points. In its last three games, San Diego has aveaged 33 points a game while the Bucs have only averaged 22.

11 Responses to “Horrid Third Down Defense”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    I’m surprised we are not dead last!

  2. D-Rome Says:

    According to ESPN and their stats page (unless I’m looking at this incorrectly) the Bucs are the worst:


    This is worse than Lovie’s defense.

  3. Joe Says:


    That figure was put out yesterday by NFL Films (which is where NFL Matchup originates from) which is a subsidiary of the NFL.

  4. JonBuc Says:

    Maybe Smith is on the take and keeps betting the “over” on Bucs games.

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    @Bucsfanman……I think if there were some way to figure in average distance to gain into that % we would be dead last……and by a long shot.

  6. Joe Says:

    Maybe Smith is on the take and keeps betting the “over” on Bucs games.

    For his sake, hope so.

  7. Bucnjim Says:

    So we can’t convert AND we can’t stop the opposition from converting! WOW

  8. 813bucboi Says:



    that cant be….so, the offense was better under lovie and so was the defense…..IMAGINE THAT!!!

    I guess the only thing this staff did right was lower the amount of penalties….GO BUCS!!!

  9. 813bucboi Says:



    GO BUCS!!!

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    813……Quit shouting. That dude is hiding under his rock right now. Screaming is futile

  11. Crazed Fan Says:

    Our defense resembles a spaghetti strainer. Love that zone!!!