Do you buy into Bucs as a solid defense?

by Gary Shelton on October 21, 2015 · 0 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

McCoy is tied for fifth in sacks in the NFL.

McCoy is tied for fifth in sacks in the NFL.

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

The truth of it is, Mark Twain didn't come up with that line about lies. At least, not on is own.

“There are three kinds of lies,'' the quote goes. “Lies, damn lies and statistics.”

All of which brings us to the defense of the Tampa Bay Bucs. And whether you believe in it or not. And whether, in your mind, the numbers add up.

According to the numbers, they are the fifth-best defense in the NFL, giving up only 322 yards per game. Grrr. They are better than Carolina or New England or Buffalo or Pittsburgh or Green Bay or the New York Giants. They are better than Houston or Dallas or Philadelphia.

So do you believe? Are these guys the Scourge of the Sunshine State? Do they make offensive coordinators leave the night light on?

Or the numbers simply an aberration?

You could make an argument for that. So far, Tampa Bay has beaten two teams that have a combined three wins between them. They gave up 31 in one of those wins, to Jacksonville, and 19 in the other. So far, they are next-to-last in the league (31st) in points allowed, only 2/10 of a point ahead of Chicago. They are 25th in the league against the run.

So yeah, the Bucs' defense still has a little to prove.

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