Sep 262012
 

Last week: 18 (-10)

Record: 1-2

The Buccaneers are one of the few teams I’ve underrated before the season that’s actually become overrated 3 weeks into it. The Buccaneers have hung tough, on the scoreboard, with the Giants and Cowboys and beat the Panthers, but they’re not playing that well. They rank dead last in the league in yards per play differential, with a -2.0. No other team has one worse than -1.0. They’ve had a tough schedule, but they’ve looked completely inept on both sides of the ball. They’re winning the turnover battle (+4), but you can’t rely on that going forward. They’ve also lost starting defensive end Adrian Clayborn for the season. At the end of the year, look for this team to be right around where they were last year, maybe a little better.

Studs

MLB Mason Foster: 7 solo tackles, 7 stops, 1 missed tackle, 2 catches for 17 yards on 3 attempts

DT Gerald McCoy: 2 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 3 quarterback pressures on 39 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackles, 3 stops

LE Michael Bennett: 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, and 2 quarterback pressures on 37 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 2 solo tackles, 4 stops

Duds

QB Josh Freeman: 10 of 28 for 110 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception, 3 drops, 2 throw aways, 52.6 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 7 of 30 drop backs (2 sacks, 2 of 5, 1 drop)

WR Mike Williams: Caught 2 passes for 33 yards on 5 attempts on 32 pass plays, 2 drops, 4.5 YAC per catch, 2 drops

WR Vincent Jackson: 1 catch for 29 yards on 7 attempts on 33 pass plays, 1.0 YAC per catch

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