The Buccaneers not only took a hit in the win-loss column with their 38-13 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tampa Bay also slid down the NFL rankings in terms of statistics.
The Bucs entered the Steelers game ranked 24th on offense (280.5 ypg), but despite gaining 303 yards of total offense, Tampa Bay fell to 27th in total offense. The team was ranked 15th in rushing offense (107 ypg) and 25th in passing offense (173.5 ypg) prior to Sunday's game and now rank 21st in rushing offense (96.3 ypg) and 23rd in passing offense (191.7 ypg).
Defensively, the Bucs had the 15th ranked unit prior to surrendering 387 yards to the Steelers. That dropped Tampa Bay to 19th in total defense (335 ypg). The Bucs were tied for 15th in rushing defense, allowing just 111.5 yards per game. But after surrendering 201 yards on the ground to the Steelers, Tampa Bay now ranks tied for 28th against the run (141.3 ypg). The Bucs ranked dead last against the run in 2009.
Tampa Bay did improve slightly in the pass defense statistics and now rank 10th in the NFL, allowing just 193.7 yards per game.
Of course this won't mean much to Bucs head coach Raheem Morris, who always says, "Stats are for losers." The only stat Morris cares about right now is going 2-1 to start the season.
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