The scoreboard and stat sheet weren’t the only things lighting up for the Bucs as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the Chicago Bears 29-7 on Sunday. The people over at Pro Football Focus had their grading scales lighting up, as well, with a wide variety of good performances from Bucs players.

Here’s what the people over at PFF thought of the Bucs performances.

Week 2 Buccaneers Offensive Stats

  • WR Mike Evans highlighted the offensive performance by the Bucs – with his tip-toe TD grab early in the game and maintained a consistent presence all game long. He was targeted 9 times, hauling in 7 of those targets for 93 yards and a TD. Despite a dropped pass, Bucs QB Jameis Winston saw a 146.8 passer rating when targeting Evans.
  • Bucs HB Jacquizz Rodgers performed well in the absence of Doug Martin, capping his day with a TD and 67 yards on 19 carries. He forced 2 missed tackles and saw the most success when rushing outside of the tackles. He gained 10 yards on 2 carries around left end and another 29 yards on 4 carries around the right end. Convincingly, he forced both missed tackles when rushing outside the tackles, one per side.
  • Bucs QB Jameis Winston had a solid game overall in the season-opening victory over the Bears, but did see some areas of struggles. He mainly attacked the intermediate areas (10-19 yards downfield), tossing 14 of his total 30 passes in that yard range. He completed only 3-of-8 intermediate passes in between the numbers however, and saw just a 59.9 passer rating targeting that area.
  • LT Donovan Smith really struggled on Sunday, allowing 5 total QB pressures including 1 sack, 3 hits and a hurry. In all, the Buccaneers offensive line allowed just 8 total QB pressures, with 5 of them belonging to Smith.
  • Carrying a trend over from a year ago, the Buccaneers offensive line allowed just 8 total QB pressures, and won the game. In all 9 victories a season ago, the Bucs allowed 12 or less QB pressures as a whole. In their 7 losses in 2016, Tampa Bay offensive line combined to allow 13 or more pressures. Clearly, pressure, or lack of pressure is a major factor in the Bucs outcome.

​​Week 2 Buccaneers Defensive Stats

  • New nickel CB Robert McClain may get the praise for his pick-6 off former Bucs QB Mike Glennon, however, McClain struggled in other areas. He missed 3 tackles in the game, a team-high, and allowed the Bears lone TD through the Cover-2 hole. Even with the INT, Glennon saw a 96.4 passer rating when targeting McClain as on 8 targets, he allowed 6 receptions for 61 yards, 28 YAC and the TD/INT combo.
  • Rookie LB Kendell Beckwith had a great performance to start his career, playing in relief for Kwon Alexander after a hamstring injury. In the passing game, Beckwith was targeted 8 times, allowing just 4 receptions for 43 yards, only 16 of which came after the catch. He didn’t miss a single tackle and recorded two defensive stops for the Bucs defense.
  • DT Gerald McCoy was a menace to the interior of the Bears offensive line, registering 7 QB pressures, second-most among DTs in Week 2. His lone tackle in the game was a crushing run stop as the perennial Pro Bowler was up to his usual antics against Chicago.
  • On 26 snaps for his new team, DT Chris Baker was almost unknown. He registered just 1 QB hurry on 14 pass-rush snaps and registered no tackles. Conversly, the rest of the Bucs D-line combined for 21 total QB pressures on Bears QB Mike Glennon, forcing a 57.4 paser rating from Glennon when under pressure.
  • Second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves II had a great day in coverage, in terms of keeping receivers in front of him. He was targeted 6 times, allowing 4 receptions, but only allowed 2 yards after the catch. Veteran CB Brent Grimes on the other hand allowed all 7 targets in his direction to be caught, for 92 yards, 11 of which came after the catch. Grimes saw a 118.8 passer rating when targeted.
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  1. PFF is notoriously unbelievable in their ratings. I never believe them. It’s just some guy’s opinion from studying game tape.

    For instance, downplaying Chris Baker’s contribution measuring it only in officially awarded QB pressures, Yet zero mention of the fact that Baker was brought in by the Bucs to do one thing: defend the run, on which the Bucs were poor last season.

    The result yesterday: Baker so clogged up the middle that the Bears – team that the week before put up 125 yards on one of the best defenses in the league (Falcons, defending NFC champions) – got a grand total of just 20 yards rushing! Unbelievable.

    I mean, PFF is unbelievable. Pixie dust and BS

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    • Agreed. a very strong run D, is a playoff D. That’s the best positive takeaway from the first game.

      We got a great start defensively in that direction for the season. Howard certainly was nowhere near 100%, with his harm in a sling later in the game, and that helps BUT we clogged lanes and had both of their RBs thinking twice about where to go. 20 yards rushing allowed is fantastic, no matter the circumstances.

      Another good test this week coming up in Minn with Cook.

      Evans looks unstoppable. Howard looks bigger and faster than everyone on D when he runs routes. DJax was open deep at will. As JW locks in on accuracy with our newfound speed and size, we are going to have a lot of cannon fire in the bay.

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      • and his main man Brate, is always open.

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      • Agreed the Vikes on the road will be a little better test of our run defense. If Bradford is still out, however, then our pass defense will feast instead. If Bradford is in, that will be a much tougher test for the passing defense.

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    • I would like to see a stat on how many runs came Bakers way and how many yards they gained on them.

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      • Individual player stats cannot tell the story of how a single D-line player performs in run defense. If runners stop trying to go through the middle, because they can’t, how do you measure that, other than in relatively few carries down the middle? If they stop running altogether, because they can’t run either inside or outside, how do you measure a single interior lineman on that?

        What we know is that the Bucs performed poorly on run defense last year (22nd in the league), with coaches who pride themselves on stopping the run first. And we know through our first game,at least, the Bucs are first in the league in run defense. After spending considerable cap space to sign a guy known as a great run stuffer in the middle (he was not known as a great pass rusher for the Skins). The only significant change in our D-line from last year to this year is the addition of Baker.

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        • I think Baker is a good player who has helped our run defense. Obviously if they aren’t running at him, it for a reason. That’s why I wanted to see stats on how many times they ran at him and what yards they got. Is he the main reason we had just a good run defense on Sunday? I hope so. It would be great to have th3e #1 run defense all year.

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  2. Donovan smith struggled? That’s a big shocker. Thought he was going to be one of best LTs this year….

    Vikings will be good test for Bucs especially if Bradford is healthy guy was on fire last week. He was hot last year too then the offense sputtered. Vikings coming off a loss going to be tough one for us.

    Might need couple turnovers and little luck from the football gods.

    Go Bucs!

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