And while six-time Super Bowl-winning, park-invading, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is no slouch, topping 5,000-yards might be a stretch. Cleveland south- the Bucs aren’t winning the Super Bowl. If Mahomes is at his best, however, both teams could drop 35-plus points. Trust me when I say Brady will have more impact on this team than any other player or coach. @Cleanhouse (aka NDog’s siamese twin), who says: “And I agree it will be tough for TB12 to surpass 5,000. Yards have to be “quality” yards. It’s hard to imagine the Bucs stinking on offense this year. You know what Jmark, you’re correct, Brady has certainly earned the benefit of the doubt. It is apparent that you have never played football in your life and do not realize just how much one side of the ball depends on the other. My question is what PERCENTAGE of passes were defended by these guys. With that said, there’s not a cornerback in Kansas City who can cover Stefon Diggs. The Buccaneers will face off against the New Orleans Saints for the third time this season, and they are certainly hoping that this matchup goes much differently than the last two. Pittsburgh Steelers 6-0. I for one am going to enjoy the 2020 magical mystery tour the Bucs are taking us on. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 2) Entering as one of the league’s best defenses, Indianapolis really missed … They started in the middle of our NFL defense rankings, based on flashes of potential late in 2019. But when it makes mistakes, which happens with inexperienced players, quarterbacks ate the Buccaneers alive. “Bang for the buck” is what is important. Going into the 2020 regular season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all in. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown signs of being an ascending defense, and … There are no guarantees…..but you would expect that returning all starters and adding Winfield would make for a solid defense this year. This isn’t a bad unit, especially with Tyrann Mathieu making placing and Chris Jones being a disruptive force on the inside. Make your predictions… when you’re wrong, you STFU. 2020 NFL Team Defense Statistics. I don’t have any clue about the top 5 ranking either. Hey I would be thrilled to be wrong- I hope these kids step up and dominate. Plus, Mahomes is clearly dealing with a toe injury that is limiting his previously unstoppable abilities as a passer. Who knows maybe Brees smacks his thumb on a helmet in the first quarter and we get to see the return of JBoo, i’d feel better about the secondary then. That’s your call, but guys like you just fire up the fan base more while making average football IQ fans look like geniuses. The 2020 offseason has brought many changes for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but the starting defense should largely look the same as it did a season ago. Let’s see it. The run d was fantastic, however it’s not a running league. Speaking of which, with Winston being 3rd string in NO (no surprises), Freeman being out of the league, and Mike Glennon getting cut from Jax and now a free agent…pretty good conclusion the last three Bucs QBs drafted are ALL busts. Only five days, then we’ll see what we’re rooting for. David has been one of the few consistent pieces in the Buccaneers' defense since entering the league in 2012 and is capable of making plays all over the field. It seemed to me like there were glaring boneheaded lapses left and right. They single-handedly ruined Drew Brees’ final game and played a deciding role in the victory. Ultimately, which version of the Buccaneers’ defense that shows up will determine the NFC champion. All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander can easily shadow Chris Godwin, while Kevin King tests himself against Mike Evans. At times during the year, it looked like the Buccaneers had the NFL’s best defense and they frequently sat near the top of our rankings. So, the AFC champion will likely be determined by who has the football last. NFL Team Defense Rankings 2020-21 Having a good defense in the NFL is extremely important, as we have seen most of the recent champions post strong defensive numbers. There has never been a 6 time World Champion QB (GOAT) to change teams. Quite simply, barring Allen making some dumbfounding mistakes, stopping the Bills will be incredibly difficult. Plenty will point back to the early matchup during the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Stats can be deceiving. NFL defense rankings: We’re headed to the NFC and AFC championship games, with four teams fighting it out for a trip to Super Bowl LV. Opponents could routinely do whatever they wanted against Mike Pettine’s scheme, overwhelming this group with the running game and picking it apart underneath on short throws. Visit ESPN to view 2020 NFL team stats. While I get your reference to Cleveland south, and I hate the term Dream Team…we do have TB12, where Brownies have Shorty-Smart ass Mayfield…. To be honest I’ve always been a defense guy if you’re a true Bucs fan you’re a defense guy. In that contest, Kansas City dominated on the ground with 245 rushing yards and life was easy for Patrick Mahomes (21-of-26, 225 yards, 2 TDs). No one knows what will happen. Then, just when these issues seemed to be the team’s Achilles’ heel, they both got hot and have stepped up in the NFL Playoffs. This isn’t to say the Chiefs will be held under 30; doing that is wildly difficult. Time for the haters to lay it on the line. I’m really hoping that White can be some sort of enforcer. 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Statistics & Players: 11-5 (po:2-0) (2nd in NFC South), Coach: Bruce Arians, ProBowl: Pierre-Paul The hype train also happened in Miami and although they lost to Dallas year 1 in NBA, they still went, and then won the next 2. Win Ben Stein’s Money Becomes Win Bill Currie’s Money; It’s The Todd Wright Fantasy Football Podcast. I’m not excited to see Brees and Michael Thomas vs any of our secondary. In passing yards-per-attempt, the Bucs were surprisingly tied for seventh-best in the league last year; tied with the Rams and the Saints. I think they are underrated overall, so we’ll see. Do you think the Bucs were only turning the ball started last year????? The Bucs are good team with a chance to be a great team. While the Bucs may have had the third-best offense in the NFL last year, this year’s team has new parts. The gang at CBS Sports HQ believes so, as you can see on the graphic below. lol GO BUCS!!!! They’ve been feeding us crap for over a decade and telling us it tastes good. Get on or get off but don’t talk about it if you are OFF. Adding one of the best run-stuffing defensive tackles and pairing him with sensation Kenny Clark is significant. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers really struggled to stop anyone defensively. And everyone will need to be prepared to hear massive player injuries throughout the NFL in the first 4 weeks of play!!!!!!!! Quality, quality win. Green Bay’s offensive line, even without David Bakhtiari, looks like the best unit in the NFL. Last rank: 3rd. I think a productive yet protective offense will boost the defense. I expect the offense to take a few games to get it all together. It became even more of an issue to note during the wild-card victory, when Taylor Heinicke racked up 306 passing yards and two total touchdowns on this very defense. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrated his team’s playoff-clinching victory on Saturday with a few Instagram posts, … There really shouldn’t be much question about what team has the worst defense remaining in the NFL Playoffs. Both Bucs Offense & Defense Rank Among Top in League Carmen Catches Up NFL.com’s Adam Schein did his ‘Schein Nine,’ ranking the top nine offenses and defenses in the league going into 2020. Where have you been????? With that said, this isn’t the same caliber of defense that helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl last year. The defense finished with more interceptions, more sacks and more tackles for loss than they did in 2019. Why is it that you only start saving face once you have been called out? The Saints have top-five rankings in run defense, rushing touchdowns allowed, average per rush, and turnovers forced, but the performance of their pass defense … Buffalo ran the football just 16 times in the divisional round, with Josh Allen accounting for seven of those on scrambles. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Stats 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stats; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Stats 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stats. This defense was the worst defense in team history for half of last year before turning it around. The lack of preseason games, practices, and a qb learning a new system will be hard to overcome. Hype Train is real. I imagine not having your morale torn to shreds by costly TOs on offense might help too. The following are the 2020 NFL team overall defense … There is zero doubt in my mind that Brady is smarter than JW and has better pocket awareness along with getting the ball out quicker. Team stats organized so you can compare one team's offense against the other's defense … Baltimore’s quarterbacks were pressured on 36.6% of their dropbacks, per Next Gen Stats, with 11 different defenders generating at least one pressure. The Bucs have some of the best pass-catchers in the league. Secondary gave up 4332 yards!!! We’ve been hot and cold on Tampa Bay’s defense throughout the season. An NFC and AFC champion will be crowned on Sunday, setting up an epic Super Bowl LV matchup. Start with week 1-2 the defense was the team!!!!! I agree Lavonte is no Brooks, but he is pretty good. Related: Winners, losers from Kansas City Chiefs’ 22-17 divisional-round victory over Cleveland Browns. This is not a top 5 defense – that’s ridiculous. Now we know the run defense was tops last year so they only need a repeat (hard to be better than best). I think maybe Dean has the most potential for this but he’s not even listed as the starter. The Buccaneers are hoping they found his clone in Devin White, a 2019 first-rounder who got off to a slow start with a 50.6 overall grade last season. Sunday’s divisional playoff game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints carried a lot of meaning on both sides. We already know what the Bucs run defense can do and I expect the same as last year. He’s been put in a tough spot without a true offseason. I expect the rust and penatles from lack of game practice will be the only problem the offense has. Buffalo’s pick-six flipped the game and Kansas City’s defense made one stop when it counted. Finishing strong in 2019, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a defense that is going to be a force in the National Football League in 2020 and beyond. But in the second half, this secondary started to have problems. Baltimore Ravens (vs. Giants) The Giants are one of the worst scoring offenses in the NFL and the Ravens are playing with their season on the line over the last two weeks of the season. The Bucs should have a Top 15 pass D this year, but if they are in the Top 5 against the run, will still pan out. While much of the focus on matchups between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills facing the Kansas City Chiefs centers on quarterbacks, defense play a huge role in deciding these games. They went from ranking 15th in 2019 in total defense to finishing sixth in 2020. They graded as the 10th-worst run defense by Pro Football Focus this season. I’m pretty sure the Saints D is fired up to put him on his ass. But we’ve seen a transformation from this defense as of late. Do you honestly think this team is worse? Having players in the 2nd year of a system and the return of that DL will make a huge difference. Even with overcoming rust and learning a new offense and mostly new teammates (without a normal offseason incubation period), it is difficult to see the Bucs offense not being a top-10 unit, especially after upgrading running back and tight end. For the Bucs to be a top-five passing defense as CBS Sports HQ thinks it will be, the young secondary must play like grown-ups. Terrible!!! It’s gimmicky. The Bucs are top five in the NFL in yards allowed per play at only 5.2 thanks to being solid vs. both the run and the pass. If they step up consistently the team can get ten wins. It will be even tougher for him to surpass 5,109. I don’t care what nobody say winston killed the defense last year. Frankly, it was the Buccaneers’ defense that was carrying this team and not Tom Brady. I think they can be an average defense – and if they can just do that, it will be good enough since you’d expect the offense to be at least as good as last year. The Chiefs’ top cornerback, Bashaud Breeland, has no shot against the NFL’s best route runner. I’ve been let down way too many times and all it does is make me more miserable around the house on Sunday nights. Rodgers threw interceptions on consecutive drives after jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Roy- I agree. The key on Sunday is pressuring Tom Brady. When you have a crap offense it’s demoralizing to your defense. Without the preseason, teams will be putting players on ir at a record pace!!!!!!!!!!!!!! While the Chiefs grab the No. Jameis put them in some bad spots yes, but not 216 times in the red zone. Of course, the NFC Championship Game will be determined by quarterback play. View the full team roster and stat leaders for the 2020 NFL season on CBS Sports. Are they that much better? Less’n your Winston’s dad or something to make you proud. Clean house—- go be a saints fan and get off this site. Special teams… who knows. Besides, his front seven is really starting to improve agains the run. Get the latest official stats for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I do not understand our defense being ranked as a top five unit when we’ve been dreadful for the last God knows how long. I see a lot of attempts at deception and over aggressiveness in the blitzing. Let’s dive into our latest NFL defense rankings, which will be an indicator of what teams could win these upcoming battles. I no longer set expectations from year to year. At the end of the day, addition by subtraction alone (Winston cast away, and rejected by all 32 teams as a starting QB) means the Bucs are 10-6 under last year’s situation alone. 20 Responses to “2020 And The Bucs’ Defense” gotbbucs Says: March 8th, 2020 at 12:06 pm. In their first meeting, Week 1 of the 2020 season, the Buccaneers traveled to New Orleans and came up short by a … We saw from the epic bust JW3 that throwing for record yards doesn’t mean jack when you give the football to the other team like Halloween candy. Tyreek Hill had just 20 receiving yards in that matchup and Buffalo’s secondary is executing a lot more in January. We saw a spotty showing from the Buffalo Bills’ defense in the Wild Card round, one that made us question how this unit would fare against Lamar Jackson. If they suck, count on 6 maybe 7. @BucsFanMan who says: “I imagine not having your morale torn to shreds by costly TOs on offense might help too.”. Last year was last year, not this year. If anyone can make it happen it’s him. NFL Team Total Offense Postseason Stats 2020 That’s got to be a HUGE factor. NFL Top 100: Best players of 2020 NFL season. And I agree it will be tough for TB12 to surpass 5,000. Visit ESPN to view the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team stats for the 2020 season. The Bucs run defense is largely unchanged and will be even better this year with JPP here from the start, and with Vea and White having some experience now. This is a young secondary on the rise. It all took a toll on Jackson, ultimately resulting in the pivotal pick-six that will be remembered by this fan base for years to come. Our 2020 fantasy defense rankings don't feature any earth-shattering surprises. He’s far superior to Just about any qb especially Mayfield. The pass D may seem discouraging early in the season but should find their groove early on given not a lot of changes there. I would happily say I spoke too soon. He made easy work of Baltimore’s secondary and that’s a group with multiple Pro Bowl defensive backs. 2020 Footie Award Winners! 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Statistics & Players: 7-9 (3rd in NFC South), Coach: Bruce Arians, ProBowl: Barrett, Evans, Godwin We’ve seen how important defense can be during the wild card and divisional-round games. But if Buffalo’s pass rush comes through and its offense shines, one takeaway could decide this game. No disrespect, but I’ve played enough football to know that being backed up to your own red zone means you only have 20 yds left to give. After that, the likely NFL MVP was rattled as the Buccaneers went crazy with 13 quarterback hits and five sacks. Blitzing, which Kansas City used 35.6% of the time during the regular season, won’t work against Josh Allen. Entering Week 14, the Saints’ defense rode a 55-game streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Lets hope they build upon that. He ranked 21st in quarterback rating (54.5) and 23rd in completion rate (43.8%) when under pressure this year. The first was returned for a pick-six, and the second was taken inside the five-yard line. (per @ryanwilsonCBS). Once this team finds its groove, look out! Front seven Is good but as much as I love Lavonte David he’s not Derrick Brooks. It raised some alarms entering the NFL Playoffs. Maybe the offense can sustain some drives and keep Brees off the field. Did they have high numbers because they were targeted more than most, or did they improve during the year? Shaq Barrett was a great surprise. I am not too worried about the offense too much. The Buccaneers have the league’s most underrated defense. Great point! The truth is, the Bills are a lot better than we saw back then. He knows how to make quick reads, evade sacks and hit big plays. Tampa Bay Buccaneers team page with results, picks, power rankings, odds and stats. While Kansas City will be able to run the ball against Buffalo’s front seven, passing will be a bit more challenging. The only thing preventing a winning season and maybe even making it to the Big Dance is injuries. He makes them look like lost children. It’s always a crapshoot with them these past 10 or so years. Keep in mind, the improvements came before they signed Damon Harrison. NFL free agency: Top-25 NFL free agents in 2021. Overall in passing yards allowed, the Bucs were third-worst giving up 4,322 yards through the air. But I’m okay with that seeing that he’s likely not coming in for the nickel, and hopefully will play mostly on special teams (where he’s done okay). I’d feel a lot more confident if we could sign Earl Thomas to a one year contract. It’s on the Bucs to prove me wrong- not on me to join the mania and be a good little fan. So you can’t honestly compare the Bucs with any other team in the past. Nawlins baby here we come. They held Derrick Henry under 100 yards in their Week 16 meeting, bottled up Chicago’s rushing attack to 3.5 yards per carry in Week 17 and held Sean McVay’s offense under 100 rushing yards. In reality, it’s not Brady nor the offense who will lead a postseason push, but rather the 2020 defense that … Jameis Winston=defend until your blue in the face. As far as the #3 and #5 in passes defended stat, that’s great and very exciting, but obviously it’s about as meaningful as JWs 5109 yds, and other league leading stats, if the unit was bottom 3 where it counted. Sustained drives, better game management, less turnovers….it all adds up to less time on the field for the defense. As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get ready to take in the field in just a few months, all eyes will be on that flashy offense. 2021 NFL mock draft – Blockbuster trades shake up 2021 NFL Draft, 10th-worst run defense by Pro Football Focus this season, Winners, losers from Kansas City Chiefs’ 22-17 divisional-round victory over Cleveland Browns. It’s been a long road for each of these teams just to reach this point. Betting analysis for the 2020 NFL Football season matchup between Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Yr 2 in the system should obviously help them but are they going to take that next step forward and not backward? The biggest question mark to me is the secondary. Somehow Ryan Smith keeps finding a way onto this roster. I honestly believe this year will be completely different because we have a young defense that won’t want to let the GOAT down. Defense. To answer your question, not only did Dean and Davis finish top 5 in passes defensed, but they are also the only duo to allow 50% or less completions by opposing QBs. And saying the old cheating goat Brady will have a bigger impact the coaches is not a great leap!!!!!!!!! The six-time Super Bowl champion joined the likes of Bruce Arians and a dynamic duo at wide receiver to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a chance for a title. The Buccaneers … GO BUCS!!! The Bucs run defense is largely unchanged and will be even better this year with JPP here from the start, and with Vea and White having some experience now. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. We’ll know more about the Bucs defense after the Saints game this Sunday. It will be even tougher for him to surpass 5,109.” The top five passers in yards last year were all on teams that didn’t make the playoffs. That guy is the best and always shreds us. That is why they play the games. I agree, I’m a defensive guy as well. 28 Responses to “Ranking The Defense” Roy T. Buford Says: September 8th, 2020 at 5:42 am. 2. The Bugs have been top 5 in turnovers since 2014!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone remembers what happened the last time the Packers faced Tampa Bay. Points allowed per game by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense - - Position Ranks. I think we got better but every time I think about it, my head starts to hurt lol, “I agree Lavonte is no Brooks, but he is pretty good.”, I’m glad you think he is “pretty good” lol, Lavonte David=pretty good The sheep only saw “good” things at the end of the year, when they played backup QBs and slappies!!!!!!!!! We win almost every offseason. The defense is lights out against the run … 4 spot, there is a gap between them and the rest of the teams in our NFL defense rankings. Welcome to our Fantasy Football Defense Rankings for … Early on this season, Todd Bowles had this unit playing at an absurd level. 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