Stat Of The Game

October 20th, 2020


Joe enjoys stats a little. But Joe is far from a stat geek.

If you need a glossary to get through the first three paragraphs of a story, you are doing it wrong (unless, like Associated Press style, you spell out the alphabet soup definitions in the first reference before you litter the internet with inane acronyms).

(Column intermission: Joe will never forget about 10 years ago there was this silly Saturday morning local sports radio show with five people in the studio that constantly regurgitated and spewed baseball ball statgeek acronyms almost as much as they used the King’s English to act smarter than their four listeners. So Joe called up and began a discussion about the Rays’ OBGYN numbers. After about 30 seconds, the stereotypical gotta-have-a-chick-as-co-host caught what Joe was trying to do. Sort of.)

Well, here is a pretty eye-opening stat Joe read from Albert Breer of that not only suggests how a team won but Joe would guess that any team that does this would win, barring eight turnovers.

• Aaron Rodgers … threw for just 160 yards.

• The Bucs had nearly as many rushing yards (158) as Brady had passing yards (166).

Joe is just going to take a stab and suggest that if you can run for as many yards as an opponent’s starting quarterback throws for, it is very likely you win the game.

Of all the things that jump out at Joe from the Bucs seal-clubbing of the Packers, this one sticks out like a sore thumb.

14 Responses to “Stat Of The Game”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    thats also means your QB doesnt have to throw for 350+yards….

    bucs have a run game, defense and QB…

    on to LV!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  2. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    You best believe Brady will be wanting ROJO to be getting that rock on short yardage 3rd down plays and once he can trust his hands and blocking as well. I love watching him getting into the 2nd level and the physical punishment he puts on defensive backs.

  3. Cobraboy Says:

    I am not at all impressed with McCoy.

    In fact, I don’t like seeing Jones leave the field on 3rd and under 4.

    I’d rather see Vaughn than McCoy on passing downs IF Jones has to come off the field.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I agree….McCoy isn’t an effective RB on any down….& usually when he is in on 3rd down….nobody expects him to run and when he does he’s still stopped.
    Let Fournette take 3rd downs….or Vaughn.

  5. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Rojo needs to be the feature back!! Been saying it for a year and a half!! He needs all 3 quarters to set them up for the 4th … That is one reason Fornette was able to run his long TD… Him and Rojo wore them down all game…. Rojo is that old school back that you have to keep handing it to him!! Joe I know you’re the type of guy that if he had 3 bad quarters and they still were handing to him in the 4th you would be complaining… But he is that kind of runner that you have to just keep giving it to him!! It will set up everything else also!! if they KNOW they have to take that Rojo hit every 4 plays in the 4th quarter they will get as close to the line as their position allows them so he doesn’t get a head of steam!! That’s when you Godwin over the middle or Evans down the seam them …. Yes I used Godwin and Evans as a verb!!! Lol

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Cobraboy & TBBF … Agree wholeheartedly that McCoy just isn’t effective any longer. Signing him made sense when we did, but once Fournette came onboard McCoy instantly became #4 RB in my mind (I’m a lot higher on Vaughn than some seem to be).

    Speaking of Fournette, I thought they said he practiced last week, yet he didn’t get into the game (I don’t even know if he was active). He only got 1 play (no touches) in the Bears game. Looks like he’s only gotten in on 60 plays all season thus far in 6 games. Starting to wonder if BA is saving him for December or something.

  7. BucEmUp Says:

    I remember when everyone said that rojo was just another 2nd round bust and would never be a good running back in the NFL All he needed were more touches and opportunity

  8. Will Says:

    I’m loving seeing the toughness that Rojo is running with. I’m in agreement with others that I’m not happy when he’s taken out for McCoy and would rather see Vaughn get those touches and have his confidence growing. As far as Fournette goes I think as long as Rojo is playing like he has BA is going to save him and get him 100% healthy for what we all hope will be a deep playoff run.

  9. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Starter should be rojo, backed up by fournette

    3rd down/passing back vaughn backed up by mccoy

  10. Cobraboy Says:

    @TBBF: until Fournette gets healthy, I’d rather see Vaughn than McCoy.

  11. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    “seal-clubbing”…pretty sure you’re gonna get some blow back from this comment Joseph. You’re skating on thin ice my man.

  12. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    If we can get those kind of numbers from Brady and our RB’s, then the postseason will happen with our guys actually playing, instead of watching from home.

    We don’t need 300 yard games from TB12. Just manage the game and pound the rock

  13. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Yes, when I saw that early three and out with McCoy get stuffed on a 3rd and 2 with a gaping hole open on the left side, I was about to throw my toaster oven through the TV. I wondered why the coordinator would call the number of the third string RB in such a crucial game, especially when Fournette was active. Then, the pick 6 happened, and my bad mood disappeared. It simply went away. You might say that it was a miracle.

  14. orlbucfan Says:

    Star of the game? How about someone on the defense like LVD?