September 24th, 2022

More sacks tomorrow?

How strong has the Bucs defense been in the first two weeks of the season? Here’s a quick rundown.

* First in points allowed a game (6.5).
* First in sacks (10).
* First in fewest touchdowns allowed (1).
* Tied for second in fewest first downs per game (15).
* Tied for second in third-down conversion rate (25 percent).
* Third in yards per play (4.25).
* Third in net yards per pass attempt (4.62).
* Third in pressure percentage (10.8).
* Tied for third in takeaways (6).
* Tied for third in forced fumbles (3).
* Tied for third in fumble recoveries (2).
* Tied for fourth in picks (4).
* Fifth in total defense (276 yards a game).

In other words, the Bucs defense is imposing its will. That’s when you know you have a good defense.

Tomorrow, well, rush defense and a pass rush is in order. Hey, a pass rush is always in order. But remember the last two times the Bucs played the Packers? The pass rush got after drama queen Aaron Rodgers hard. Early and often.

Two years ago at The Licht House, Ndamukong Suh pummeled Rodgers time and again. In the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay, Shaq Barrett went wilding on Rodgers (with a little help from Vita Vea collapsing the pocket).

Currently, Devin White is tied for third in the NFL with three sacks. Shaq is right behind him with two.

Something tells Joe that if both White and Shaq each get sacks tomorrow, the Bucs will be in the ballgame and may even be winning.

Meanwhile, once again, enjoy the defensive highlights from last week courtesy of the NFL.

46 Responses to ““Unstoppable””

  1. DungyDance Says:

    Looks like Carlton Davis will play this week. Wonder if SMB will get some snaps. Either way, here’s to hoping for multiple INT’s from Kaaron.

  2. Colonel Angus Says:

    1st in points allowed is only stat that matters.

  3. NCBucfan Says:

    Would love to see Dean get anther pick 6 off Karon, he’s on a hot streak lately! As long as we can shut down the run game early, I love our chances! Hopefully Beasley can help keep some drives alive. I will be shocked if Julio glassman Jones suits up.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Stop the run Sunday and we continue to dominate.

  5. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Glad Adams is gone. If i remember correctly Davis gave up 2 tds in that playoff game.

  6. NCBucfan Says:

    I think your right Jack, it def makes things easier with no Adams! Also Sammy Watkins is out for them. Lazard is really their only true threat at receiver, and he is questionable. Not really worried about Cobb.

  7. ModHairKen Says:

    I’m feeling like TPD is going to be investigating a murder at Ray Jay tomorrow. Rodgers has become disenchanted, disengaged and distracted. And they have nothing else.

  8. NCBucfan Says:

    Yep ModHair, he will need some more Ayahuasca after the game for sure if he survives.

  9. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete - Founder of UniqueModernArt.com Says:

    HTH are we 5th in Total Defense??!????

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    Defense will have their work cut out for them against the Packers’ offense. Rodgers is throwing at a 70% clip (41-for-59) and Love is even higher at 80% (4-for-5). Almost a half have been to their RBs, Dillon & Jones (12-for-17) and their TEs (8-for-10). Almost all have been short, with only 8 deep (and only 3 of those complete).

    What that tells me is that the Packers are moving the ball well (752 yards total in 2 games) using primarily their running game (44% run-pass ratio) and short passing game (another 44%). Only 6% of their passes have been deep, and Rodgers has been sacked 7 times in 2 games (another 6%). Got a hunch Green Bay will stick with the same formula for attacking our defense.

  11. dmatt Says:

    There’s a reason for smb lack of playing time n being on the bench. He reminds me of former Bucs Myron Lewis n EJ Biggers, known for poor tackling n consistently getting toast. His performance in that rams game last year was an embarrassment. I’m ready to see what Zion McCollum can do. Bring Don Gardner up from the practice squad.

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    How about we stick with who we have playing dmatt? Haven’t you noticed how tight CD, JD, AW2, LR and ME have been? I don’t want to see the rookie or Gardner on the field at all, for obvious reasons. They would suck and it would mean we have injuries.

  13. SB~LV Says:

    Good start!
    Don’t let it go to your head

  14. NCBucfan Says:

    Dmatt, just seeing EJ Biggers name gives me shivers, oh boy!

  15. NCBucfan Says:

    EJ Biggers makes SMB look like Deion Sanders. That’s how bad we were in the backend in the midst of the lost decade.

  16. Dooley Says:

    Antoine Winfield jr. & Jamel Dean are both in the top 10 amongst CBs with lowest passer rating allowed when targeted(min. 10+ target). Dean is top of that leaguewide list with a 12.9 QBR allowed when being targeted. Winfield Jr is 6th allowing a QBR of 28.7 when targeted. There’s some really good film cut ups of how Bowles is masking all types of coverage concepts and our guys on the back end have been executing some of these plays on a near-elite level.

  17. NCBucfan Says:

    Yeah Dooley, I really hope we can afford to keep them both. The good thing is that we won’t have to pay for SMB, so we need to make sure to lockup both Winfield and Dean. Hopefully McCollum will develop to take over SMBs role

  18. Dooley Says:


    It’ll be interesting to see who out of Dean, Winfield, & Edwards will work out to be the biggest franchise tag candidate. Wouldn’t be so hasty on getting SMB out of here, but I think if your bunching him in with the 3 players mentioned, he’d be the lesser of the loss in terms of him testing the market. Even then, SMB as relatively affordable depth CB is something I wouldn’t mind if it played out that way on top of keeping Dean, Winfield, & Edwards. Hopefully, what plays in our favor, is how much our young secondary guys seem to enjoy playing for Coach Bowles and in his innovation factory of a defensive scheme.

  19. Rayjay1122 Says:

    They have had a fantastic start for sure. Now if #45 played like he had hands and actually tackled anyone, that would be great. Seems like he hits everyone but grabs nobody. Tackling is a forgotten skill and Winfield Jr. Is an exceptional player who is outstanding at tackling.

  20. NCBucfan Says:

    Dooley for sure. I can def see us tagging Winfield after next year. I think safety would be a lower tag than CB. Either way, it’s a great problem to have! Jason Licht has done an amazing job putting this DB core together. Licht has to be the greatest GM in Bucs history by far! Seems like forever ago giving that huge one year deal to Revis for one year, and not really getting his full potential here, thank you Schiano, lol.

  21. David Says:

    I think it is going to be about the run defense against Green Bay. Green Bay, I believe, is going to try to run the ball a lot

  22. ViSyl Says:

    Would also be a nice surprise if Zyon turns out to be a baller.

  23. NCBucfan Says:

    CorrectViSyl, just call licht the DBwhisperer!

  24. Cobraboy Says:

    The Packers and Bucs are almost mirror images of each other this season.

    If the Bucs can slow down the Pack ground game, home cooking brings this home.

    Besides, Brady > Rodgers..and it should be a hot day at Ray Jay.

  25. dmatt Says:

    How do u know McCollum n Gardner would suck?

  26. JVZ Says:

    For those of yweingup the fact that Rodgers drank Ayahuasca, I have to say I am happy for him and what he may have discovered about himself. I haven’t read or heard anything about how many ceremonies he may have had but in many cases just one can be enough. In any case the fact that he drank at all brings me a level of respect for him that wasn’t there – I don’t care for the person he is at all and won’t go into that.
    I am from CA originally and migrated to Peru 19 years ago. I studied the shamanic path in the Amazon Jungle between 2000 and 2004 with each trip being no less than 5 weeks long. During that period of time I drank Ayahuasca 57 times.
    Since then my wife and I have helped many many people change their lives in only one ceremony. Some have kicked addictions including alcholism and various hard drug addictiobs. We witnessed 2 persons with Doctorate and 2 others with Master degress walk away from their degrees upon truly finding themselves.
    I agree with all the names many of you call Rodgers due to them being earned in my opinion. But But I ask that you do so with respect for his learned respect fo this amazing medicine.
    Ayahuasca is not a drug first of all and should never be compared to those recreational jokes referred to as hallucinational. Yes it brings us shapes and colors for a very short time as it begins to work.
    After that you find yourself connected to your “spiritual self”, whatever that may mean to you. From that space you may find your angels, gods, spirit guides and/or more.
    What is shown to each person in ceremony are aspects of self, both positive and negative in nature. It is these that causes you to barf, vomit, cry, laugh ……et, however you deal with things.
    Afterwards, you are thoroughly cleansed body, mind and spiritually. For hours afterwards you dwell in an amazing level of Love you will never forget. The more often you drink Ayahuasca the more personal changes “you” find yourself “wanting” to make because each experience shows you something else.
    The majority if time the first thing you are shown us your wonderful Ego. I know, I know – most of you don’t have an ego challenge. In every case you will settle the “one you don’t have” down and this begins a lifelong changing experience for each person having drank Ayahuasca.
    I have witnessed Aaron Rodgers begin to change his Ego somewhat since his ceremony(ies). He is changing and becoming less of an ego trip. It is my belief that with a few more ceremonies under his belt you could witness a new person that would deserve more respect than he deserves today.
    Even though it is Aaron Ridgers in the subject of Ayahuasca this is meant for everyone. If all of you ever feel you need to change something in you that us giving you challenges in your lives it is recommended you entertain finding a correctly guided Aya ceremony. After the initial few minutes of insanity you go through while it takes control over your consciousness – it could end up being the most amazing experience if your life.
    We moved to Peru because it is illegal to possess and drink in the states. Probably because it helps each person heal so many things allopathic medicine can only put band aides on. They only play the idds with your health and well-being and do so with chemical poison.
    From this point it is with hope everyone can give Aaron Rodgers the respect he deserves for even stating he had an Ayahuasca experience. He probably has more balls then most if you, at least he had the experience so many can on judge through ignorance.

    Go Buc’s and kick the living “you-know-what” out of Rodgers tomorrow!

  27. JVZ Says:

    Sorry for the typo’s!

  28. #8 Says:

    db12’s 10.
    Bucs 24.

  29. NCBucfan Says:

    #8, I’m close to where you are. Bucs 24 Pack 14

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    JVZ …good lord …are you bored or something?

  31. Go Bucs Says:

    This 22/23 team is looking very similar 02/03 team!

  32. Captain Oblivious Says:

    JVZ = Carlos Castaneda

  33. NCBucfan Says:


    No kidding, didn’t know I was going to get a philosophy lesson this morning on JBF. Lol

  34. BucsfanFred Says:

    Ayahuasca??? Sounds like south American bath salts.

  35. D-Rok Says:

    I will never grow tired of reading about, watching, and discussing excellent defensive football. Sure, I want our O to start balling out, but man, if the D can keep up this pace, it will be an epic year. In my estimation, the D has shown us 2 weeks in a row against good competition, and barring injuries (the standard disclaimer), this D will be SO fun to watch this year.

    I love me a good quick-strike 80-yard TD, but I think I enjoy a pick, and a pick-6, even more.

    As far as taking something to alter my ego or connect me with my spirit/God, etc., I’ll stick to prayer, but thanks for the post, JVZ. It was enlightening.

  36. Duane Says:

    I think Winfield will be the standout this week. He was superb against the run last week, and he likely knows the GB passing game better than their receivers do. He uses that edge to get a couple of shots on the blitz this week. Stop the run. Tackle on the underneath throws. Profit.

  37. D-Rok Says:

    I wonder if Neal will have an impact this game as an in-the-box safety?

  38. Buc king Says:

    Got me speaking with spirit on moutain…calling on the spirit of the jaguar right now.

  39. NCBucfan Says:


    Totally agree! Defense gets me going. A pick 6 is my favorite thing in football!

  40. D-Rok Says:


    Amen, brother, amen.

    As far as getting Bucs games here in NC, we dumped Spectrum and went with YouTubeTV this year. Got to watch the Dallas game, but couldn’t watch the Saints game. Thankfully this game is a national game so I can watch it.

    I know FCC rules have something to do with viewing, but man, if the NFL would market a plan to sign up for ALL Bucs games (or insert your fave team), I would sign up in a heartbeat for it. I don’t know much about marketing, but I do know I would pay to ensure I got to watch all my Bucs games. Sigh.

  41. Bucme?...Bucyou!!! Says:

    If the effects of Ayahuasca are as true as JVZ claims, maybe it should be added to the water of Chicago, Baltimore, N. Orleans and many other of our cities. Just saying. Get where I’m coming from?

  42. 941Boltsfan Says:

    Defense has to do its thing, and it will be needed to get the W. It will be interesting to see how the Packers decide to attack the Bucs Offense w/the suspension to Evans….lol I’m sure it’s easier to game plan when you Evans is on the field. (Not saying Bucs are better off) It’s gotta be all about getting after Tom “and making him uncomfortable ” With a balanced run and air attack ,who’s gonna be the Xfactor and how does the Pack decide whom to cover when.

  43. NCBucfan Says:

    Nice D-Rok! Thankfully this is the last year Directv has the rights to the package. It will either be on Apple or Amazon next year. I can’t wait to ditch Directv!

  44. D-Rok Says:

    LOL, Bucme. If we can’t beat ’em, dope ’em. LOL.

  45. D-Rok Says:


    I almost went with DirectTV. Almost. The deciding factor? I already have my router and modem, so the thought of somebody coming in my home, routing and re-routing my Cat5 cables and what-not…naw, fam – keep your paws outta my home, LOL!!!

    Wifey was like, “So, they gotta come install everything and see our house with our messy rescue dogs? Why can’t we just use what we already have – wireless?”

    I was like, “You make a lot of sense, honey. Screw them satellite guys. Let’s roll!”

    (Our passion is to rescue dogs, and since we’ve chosen to do that as empty-nesters, let’s just say it’s hard to keep our house super clean. )

    So, we went with YT TV, but a close second was Hulu.

  46. orlbucfan Says:

    Nothing like reading an LSD/psychedelics analysis on a football site. I’m an old head who did plenty of LSD while getting a BA in 3.5 years. Seriously, can we talk football? This will not be an easy game. It will be up to the Mighty Defense to win it. I’ll have it on radio. Go Bucs!!