We’re three weeks in and the Bucs almost have all their bases cover for how you go about a football game. They’ve had a blow out victory, a blow out loss and a last second finish.

But, there were parts to the Bucs win over the Giants on Sunday that were even more dominant than their win over the Bears in Week 2.

Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say.

Week 4 Buccaneers Offensive Stats:  

  • Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was an absolute force against the Giants, when he was kept clean from pressure. Against no pressure – Winston completed 18-of-28 passes for 294 yards and all three of his touchdowns. He fielded an impressive 135.1 passer rating when not under duress.
  • Bucs QB Jameis Winston saw terrific success hitting passes at both the intermediate and deep levels of the field against the Giants. On passes targeted 10-19 yards past the line of scrimmage, Winston finished the day completing 7-of-12 for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. On deep passes, those targeted 20+ yards past the LOS, Winston finished 3-of-5 for 127 yards and another touchdown. He finished with a 143.8 passer rating on deep passes in Week 4.
  • Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers was impressive against the Giants on Sunday, not going down on first contact hardly at all. He registered 56 of his 83 total yards after contact, averaging 3.50 yards after contact per attempt. He forced two missed tackles on his 16 carries – and saw great success running behind C Ali Marpet, registering 6 carries, 54 yards and 1 of his missed tackles forced when rushing to either side of Marpet.
  • While the discussion may have been more about Mike Evans on Eli Apple, two other Bucs receiving targets had just an equally as impressive day as Evans, who did haul in both his targeted passes against Apple, including his score. Adam Humphries got the better of Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, catching all four of his targets on DRC for 52 yards. TE Cameron Brate hauled in catches on four different defenders, including his 14-yard TD on former Bucs LB Jonathan Casillas.
  • LT Donovan Smith got back to his second-half of 2016 form against the Giants, allowing just one QB pressure all day long. He showed great movement in pulling to the second level in the running game and did a great job in pass protection against the formidable duo of Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon.

Week 4 Buccaneers Defensive Stats:

  • Bucs DT Gerald McCoy feasted on the interior of the Giants offensive line – registering a season-high four total stops, two of which came on the first two plays of the game for the Giants offense. McCoy led the Bucs with his 4 total QB pressures as well as he increased his season totals to 6 defensive stops and 16 total QB pressures through three games. He was the highest graded Bucs player at 90.6 overall.
  • CB Brent Grimes was stellar in coverage for the Bucs – being targeted nine times on the day. He allowed only three receptions to be caught, and only 20 yards, four of which came after the catch. Giants’ QB Eli Manning saw just a 42.4 passer rating when targeted. 7 of his targets came against WR Odell Beckham Jr., in which he allowed only two of those to be caught for 10 yards.
  • Continuing his absolute tear to start his rookie campaign, LB Kendell Beckwith registered a game-high 6 defensive stops and tied a team-high with 9 solo tackles. He rushed the passer just twice, and registered a QB hurry on one of those snaps. Impressively, he did not miss a tackle in 80 total snaps, and 10 total tackle attempts.
  • Victimized a week ago, victimized this week, Bucs second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves III was targeted 12 times against the Giants. He allowed 8 receptions for 97 yards and a 91.3 passer rating on throws into his coverage. While he kept them out of the end zone, both Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. each were targeted 6 times and each hauled in four receptions against VHII. Despite playing 1 less game, Hargreaves has allowed the fifth-most yards in coverage among CBs so far this season at 260.
  • CB Robert McClain has not looked quite like the guy who jumped a Mike Glennon pass in Week 2 for a pick-6, as he was targeted 5 times in coverage from the slot against the Giants in Week 4. He allowed all 5 receptions to be caught for 65 yards, 28 of which came after the catch. He saw a 118.8 passer rating when targeted and on the season now, has allowed 11-of-13 passes into his slot coverage to be caught for 131 yards, a TD and his INT.
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19 COMMENTS

  1. I know you covered the Vernon angle in your Cover 3, but something has to be done about his play and usage in this scheme. I think he’s better than these numbers suggest, but his play also can’t be ignored. Teams are just attacking him relentlessly and Brady will be no different. The Cooks matchup will be important on Thursday.

    Also, I felt McClain starting over Javien seemed a bit of a homer “my guy” pick by Smitty & Dirk. He’s going to be stressed again against the Pats. Hope he rises to the occasion.

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    • Yeah it seemed as Elliot was having a great camp and pre season. Not sure why the switch.

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      • Elliot made some boneheaded decision in pre season. However, McClain seems a step late and struggling as a nickel CB.

        Elliot with younger legs has more upside.

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    • I think Grimes had something to do with it too.

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      • Sure. They’re picking on him because Grimes is on the other side. We just need him to play better and soon.

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        • People are very impatient.

          Ronde Barber had zero passes defensed in his first three seasons as a starter (as a rookie he only played in one game, no starts) … then in his fourth season as a starter, wham! 24 PD!

          Brent Grimes only had 6 and 13 PDs in his first two seasons as a starter (like Ronde, no starts as a rookie) … then in his third season as a starter, wham! 23 PD!

          It takes awhile for very good CBs to develop. More than one season in the league, for sure. The good news is that qualitiy CBs seem so enjoy relatively long NFL careers, unlike, say, running backs. Ronde played 16 seasons, and Brent is now in his 11th season in the league.

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          • Naples, I’m not impatient. I’m aware that after QB, CB is probably the hardest position to learn as a rookie. Saying he needs to be better isn’t giving up on him. That said, it can’t be denied that his play, combined with the scheme is not good enough. He’s very important to our defense. I believe he’ll come good. And since you brought up Ronde, here are a few PD stats from top CB’s their first 2 years:

            Sherman – 17 & 24
            Ramsey – 14 & 5 already this year
            Peters – 26 & 20
            Talib – 9 & 15
            Peterson – 13 & 16
            Janoris 14 & 14
            Rhodes 10 & 18

            Just a sample of how good corners don’t always need a year or two in the league to develop. Vern was drafted in the 1st to be elite. I hope he gets there.

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          • Roots – since you brought those other guys up, don’t forget that VHIII defensed 10 passes in his rookie season … greater than, equal to, or close too 5 of the 7 guys you listed. And Sherman had the benefit of playing behind one of the best front sevens in recent memory, a Super Bowl winner and a Super Bowl loser. Everybody knows that when the front seven are destroying quarterbacks, it simply opens them up to throwing passes to the defense. Considering how poorly we’ve done in rushing the passer this season to date with our front seven – one total sack so far in three games – then it’s no wonder the quarterbacks have been feasting on our DBs.

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    • Agree Roots with everything!!!

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  2. These are the kind of games that are gold for Jameis. Driving the team down the field patiently in the last two minutes to set up the win. It was great to see him work the clock like an old pro. It’s a strange feeling, as a Bucs fan, to not fear that last long drive at the end of the game, now that Jameis is in command.

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    • Big one for the team and Jameis. I didn’t realize he had already had 6 game winning drives. Make it 7!

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      • I didn’t know that either, CG… Wow.

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    • Jameis played very well in the Giants game. We need him to do likewise on Thursday or we won’t stand a chance.

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    • True, but I was fearing the place-kicker, which was nearly as bad! Can’t wait till we need to fear neither!

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  3. Good marks crossed the broad. It appears our good friend pink is literally the only person that thought Grimes had a bad day. Allowing ODB to only catch two balls while in coverage is special. AS for Mccoy, he would’ve probably had a sack or two as well if he wasn’t consistently held every other play. My goodness one play the offensive lineman was cloths-lining him right in front of the ref and no call. Despite his limited sack numbers, he’s playing very well. If we had a serious defensive end, Mccoy would be even more special. Have to get one in next years draft. We’ve avoided that position for too long.

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  4. Not only was McCoy mugged with uncalled holding calls but so was Ryan Russell.

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  5. Good analysis Trevor. I also liked seeing Evans out there at Safety; appears they are steadly letting him play a little more each game. Was I the only one who thought Conte was a step slow behind whoever he was covering; I give him credit for never giving up though as he is putting an 100% effort in his performance on the field.

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  6. Now I will defend 1 just reception obj13 made on vh3. the deep route when obj13 was slow to get up, it looks to me that vh3 was expecting safety help inside maybe in a cover 3 cuz he was playing the outside towards the sidelines and u can clearly see Justin Evans bite on the short route. but other than that vh3 has to play better or we can let Ryan Smith take more lumps either way we need improvement from our younger secondary players because Brent is playing really really well.

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  7. Hargreaves just isnt fast enough to cover down the field. Ideally he would be the nickel CB. I loved the way Cam Brate used and abused Landon Collins. He trucked him early on and caught the huge 3rd down to end the game over Collins as well. Brate and Winston are unstoppable

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