Stats Guys Love The Bucs

November 9th, 2021

Still bullish on Bucs.

Even though the Bucs benefitted from so many upsets on Sunday, the wound the week before at the Little Caesars Superdome dished out by the slimy Saints is still throbbing for Joe.

It was a disgusting loss and for the first time all season Joe wondered if the Bucs can repeat as Super Bowl champs.

Well, encouraging intel came across Joe’s computer screen yesterday. The guys who like to play with numbers have hatched kooky mathematical hopscotch to judge football teams, and they think the Bucs are still a schoolyard bully of the NFL.

Joe’s good friends over at Football Outsiders really lean on something called “DVOA.” Don’t ask Joe to define it. Frankly, any time someone uses “adjusted” or “expected” when it comes to numbers, Joe’s red flags begin flying.

(Joe learned back in high school numbers can be twisted to prove any point. So when someone uses “adjusted” numbers, what exactly is being adjusted and for what purpose? Color Joe suspicious.)

But Joe trusts the Football Outsiders crew and using this measurement. They have the Bucs as the second-best team in the NFL, trailing only the Cardinals.

Now BSPN has something called “FPI.” The four-letter claims this formula is very much like what the bookmakers in Vegas use to set lines. You can read all about it here. The four-letter, despite the kick-to-the-nuts in New Orleans over a week ago, ranks Tampa Bay as the top team in the NFL.

Joe sure hopes the Bucs begin to play like the best team. A good beginning would be playing smart football and learning how to get home on blitzes.

8 Responses to “Stats Guys Love The Bucs”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Stephen A. Smith just ranked Bucs #1 & TB12 as MVP & Jeff Saturday says Tommy makes the O-line look better than it is (cough, cough. ..Donovan Smith).

  2. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Protecting Brady like their lives depended upon it is the key to getting it done again. That and getting AB and Gronk back.

  3. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    At least this year scrub mouth pieces aren’t saying Brady is over the hill despite the way he was flinging the ball around. If we make it to the Super Bowl because we finally start playing complete games as a complete team, then they’ll really sing his praises!

  4. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Ok on the list again! 👌 😅🤣😂

  5. Casual Observer Says:

    Agree that Gronk and AB are key.

  6. Pine Hills Says:

    They make it sound like Gronk and AB need a few more weeks.
    WTF and Giants shouldn’t be much threat.

  7. Jason Says:

    These are my FCAAER (First Comment Adjusted Against Expected Replacement) rankings for the season.
    1. Medicated Pete -9
    2. Everybody else +100


  8. Jim Says:

    I wonder how many of those Stat Guys ever played organized tackle football.