Once opposing teams are crossing midfield on the Bucs defense, they are throwing passes for the end zone. That is one of the trends for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first five games of the 2010 season.
In the first game Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi caught a 41-yard touchdown pass. In Week 2 Panthers wide out Steve Smith caught a 37-yard touchdown pass. In Week 3 Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace caught a 46-yard touchdown pass and a 41-yard touchdown pass. In the next game at Cincinnati wide receiver Terrell Owens caught a 43-yard touchdown pass. Last Sunday Saints quarterback Drew Brees hit wide receiver Lance Moore for a 41-yard touchdown pass and wide out Robert Meachem for a 42-yard touchdown pass.
Cornerback Aqib Talib has been the cornerback in coverage on the majority of those plays, and some say that Talib is gambling too much. On the positive side of that potential gambling Talib has three interceptions in 2010, and the Buccaneers probably could not have executed their comeback win over Cincinnati without Talib’s fourth quarter interception. Turnovers have played a huge role in the Bucs being 3-2.
Tampa Bay and the Tennessee Titans are tied for second in the NFL with 10 interceptions. The Atlanta Falcons lead the league with 11 picks. Veteran safety Sean Jones was asked if the Bucs defensive scheme calls for them to gamble more.
“No I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the scheme. Its football, those guys make plays we make plays,” said Jones. “We definitely need to make more of those interceptions and keep down those big plays. We’re just going to keep working and keep working.
“The most common thing this year is whenever a team gets past the 50-yard line that’s when they seem to be attacking us. We just got take everything in stride and keep going and keep getting better.”
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