Eye-grabbing Offensive Stat

October 8th, 2018

Gunning it.

Are the Bucs the “Best Show on Natural Turf?”

Yeah, the Rams sort of co-opted the marketing lines of the iconic former Sarasota-based Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, “The Greatest Show on Earth.” And maybe the Bucs are trying to get the nickname back.

After four weeks of NFL play, the Bucs had the best offense in the NFL. Yeah, it’s weird typing that.

How impressive have the Bucs been throwing down the field to move the chains? It’s an offense that is similar to the old Rams offense, the 2016 Dixie Chicks and Peyton Manning-led offenses.

Chase Stuart over at FootballPerspective.com ran the numbers and he has the Bucs with one of the best offenses in the past 20 years in converting pass plays into first downs.

What does that mean? Well, it means the Bucs are throwing deep early and often. And mind you this data is after an atrocious game in Chicago.

We’ll see Sunday if this can continue.

9 Responses to “Eye-grabbing Offensive Stat”

  1. LakeLand Says:

    It’s too bad that it takes more than passing yards to win football games!

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Hey Lakeland, find HOPE where you can while you can.

    Bucsville media is still living off the first 2 wins in which our offense dominated. with our defense playing the way it has been, the offense’s slow start in Game 3 doomed us, and its’ No-Show in Game 4 made the defense look even worse than it was. Funny thing about the NFL: DCs usually figure out pretty quickly what you’re doing AND how to stop it (like Steelers & Bears did?). They figure out your weaknesses & if you don’t find some way to adjust, they take your lunch money.

    Bucs have 1 major weakness on offense: our OLine. Its run-blocking is abysmal & thus so is our running game (although Joe would rather throw Barber et al under the bus than admit that). Pass-blocking hasn’t been all that consistent either (Fitz took some real punishment in Games 3 & 4 in case no one noticed). Falcons DLine isn’t as stout as Steelers or Bears are so there’s HOPE that our OLine can protect Jameis well enough to keep him from coughing up the ball.

  3. horse liver Says:

    There is no great when the defense is so embarrassing you can’t imagine them being worse….and then they show you worst the following week.

  4. raheemdream Says:

    There is nothing great about exceeding your own awful record for yards/points allowed week after week.

    Until the defense improves the only heat from anyone with inflence should be on the way the Bucs teach (or apparently don’t teach} the Mike Smith “scheme.”

  5. Lucious Selmon Says:

    Did Mike Smith leave town yet?

  6. BigMacAttack Says:

    That’s over because Jameis can’t throw a long ball. Start Fitz trade Winston

  7. LakeLand Says:

    Carolina has less than 900 yards passing, and they are 3-1.

  8. Nick Says:

    An article like this is confusing to me, considering the support for benching the quarterback that earned those statistics, Fitzpatrick. It’s embarrassing to me that we would give up on that kind of momentum. But that’s what losers do. I have been a Winston supporter from day one, but my objective side noticed a significant drop off when Winston came into the game against a prevent defense throwing 6 yard pass after 6 yard pass. It was the first moment that I thought negatively on this season.

    I had never seen a bucs offense work so well, as it did with Fitzpatrick. The difference that I noticed between the two quarterbacks, was that Fitzpatrick proved to me a more versatile passer, adapting to what was available…if Evans had the one on one, he would give him a high loft long ball to better position Evans for a jump ball if needed. If the defense gave Jackson the better opportunity he drove the ball early and with great decisiveness. This is where Winston struggles for me, his long balls seem to take forever to let it loose causing him to just throw it as far as he can and hope it works out. Jackson and Winston have yet to connect well after an entire year and some change. That limits our options in half, in two receiver sets. Winston looks to have decided who he’s throwing to before the snap, which is fine, but he forces the pass to often based on what he thinks, not what he sees. I realize Winston was knocking off the rust, but it doesn’t change my opinion.

  9. Nick Says:

    Fitzpatrick’s ability to hit the receivers in stride was also a noticeable difference. As soon as Winston returned it was back to the old comeback routes. I wonder the yards after the catch for Fitzpatrick and his 7 games for the bucs versus the yards after the catch historically for Winston. I pray that Winston took note of a journeyman quarterback clearly out-classing his past performances. Maybe that’s what he needs to step it up. I’ll definitely root for whoever the qb is back there.