It’s safe to say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first season under head coach Lovie Smith hasn’t gone as expected. The Buccaneers have an opportunity to get back on track on Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium.
Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Buccaneers are in the NFC South cellar with a 1-5 record. Even more surprising is the fact that the Buccaneers rank last or near the bottom in all of the key statistical categories. Injuries haven’t been kind to the Bucs, but the “next man up” maxim hasn’t translated to results on the field for Tampa Bay.
Last in points allowed (34), total yards (422.8) and passing yards (294.5) and only a few notches from last in rushing yards allowed (128.3), the Bucs have plenty of work ahead to execute cleanly on defense.
The offense hasn’t fared much better. The Bucs average 20 points a game (26th in the league), 306.8 total yards per game (30th), 217 passing yards (24th) and just 89.8 yards per game (28th) on the ground. The rushing game has been nearly nonexistent with Doug Martin hampered early on by an injury. Bobby Rainey has stepped in and performed admirably, and he leads the team in rushing with 262 yards on 54 carries.Read more... Join the Conversation...