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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.
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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
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.
and his main man Brate, is always open.
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.
I would like to see a stat on how many runs came Bakers way and how many yards they gained on them.
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.
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.
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.
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