Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#19)

Last week: 19 (+6)

Record: 3-4

A preseason underrated team of mine, the Buccaneers are now 3-4 with a +31 points differential and they have yet to lose by more than a touchdown all year. Josh Freeman is 82 of 143 (57.3%) for 1309 yards (9.2 YPA), 10 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in his last 4 games. He’s a natural deep ball throw who had been afraid to throw deep last season, throwing longer than 20 yards through the air on just 6.5% of his throws, by far least in the league, despite being accurate of 52.8% of them, 3rd best in the NFL. This year, thanks to new found chemistry with free agent acquisition Vincent Jackson, he is going deep 6th most in the league, 13.5% and, more importantly, has the 3rd highest accuracy percentage, 56.7%, completing 16 of 30 for 669 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 1 drop. I believe this is here to stay. They’re a sleeper team.

Studs

RB Doug Martin: Rushed for 135 yards (97 after contact) and a touchdown on 29 carries, 5 broken tackles, caught 3 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts, 2 drops, 1 penalty

RT Demar Dotson: Did not allow a pressure on 39 pass block snaps, run blocked for 2 yards on 1 attempt

CB Leonard Johnson: Allowed 4 catches for 49 yards on 7 attempts, 2 pass deflections, 1 interception, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

FS Ronde Barber: 9 solo tackles, 2 assist, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle, 3 quarterback hurries on 6 blitzes, did not allow a completion on 1 attempt

LE Michael Bennett: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 3 quarterback hurries on 39 pass rush snaps, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops

P Michael Koenen: 8 kickoffs, 7 touchbacks, 74.5 yards per kickoff, 22.0 opponents average starting distance, 6 punts for 281 yards, 1 inside 20, 3 returns for 31 yards, 41.7 net yards per punt

Duds

LT Donald Penn: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 4 quarterback hurries on 39 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 11 yards on 5 attempts

CB EJ Biggers: Allowed 7 catches for 125 yards on 10 attempts, 4 solo tackles, 1 stop, 2 missed tackle

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