Predict the Buccaneers points scored in 2013

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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The 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave scored an average of 24.3 points per game, PPG.  That is an unadjusted amount because it includes the defense’s pick six.  The Buccaneers’ offense ranked 9th in total yards with 5,820 yards, 10th in yards passing with 3,983 yards, 15th in rushing with 1,837 yards, and 13th in overall average scoring.  QB Josh Freeman, WR’s Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams as well RB Doug Martin set career highs last season.

Here are the players no longer with the Buccaneers’ offense: TE Dallas Clark, WR Arrelious Benn, RB Legarrette Blount, and RB DJ Ware.

The additions to the Buccaneers’ 2013 offense are (as of pre-season): Rookies QB Mike Glennon and RB Mike James, RB Brian Leonard, RB Peyton Hillis, WR Kevin Ogletree, WR Derek Hagan, TE Tom Crabtree, OG Gabe Carimi, PK Lawrence Tynes, and PK Derek Dimke

Season ending injurjy: PK Connor Barth

Coming back from season ending injury: OG Carl Nicks, OG Davin Joseph

2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Points Scored Average, Breakdown


Game Set


Points Scored


Average


INT’s


Thrown


Additional Comments


1 – 4


The feeling out stage


20.5

4

G Joseph for the year.

5 – 10


The Golden Age


34.1

3

We lose G Nicks for the rest of the season on game 7.

11 – 16


The Debacle


17.0

10

St. Louis defense figured out our offense and we put up ZERO points against the Saints.

1 – 16


The Season


24.3

17

As you can see, the Buccaneers’ offense is quite inconsistent.  In 2013, we are hoping to see which offense will rise up as this will be the second season for mostly of the players on offense.  Even though the team will be getting two Pro Bowl guards back this season, the Bucs will lose their long range weapon in PK Connor Barth, he who has made a 57 yard field goal during a game.  Also, the loss of TE Clark needs to be replaced with one of the many receivers to become that third target for this season.  Now, let us have a look at the opponents we will see again this year, shall we?

2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Points Scored Average,


Breakdown vs Repeating Teams


Game Set


Points Scored


Average


INTs


Thrown


Record


1 – 16


The Season


24.3

17

7 – 9


NFC South


19.33

7

3 – 3

NFC South, Phi, and StL


18.75

11

3 – 5

Oh crap.  I did not realize how terribly we performed offensively against the NFC South as well as the two other teams we will face again.  Of course, getting shutout really hurt that average, but the average continued to dive when I added Philadelphia and St. Louis to that average.  On a positive note, though, Philly and St. Louis were part of the last six game debacle for the offense.

But a peek into this year’s opponents has us going against the NFC West and AFC East.  The West has defensive teams in the San Francisco, Seattle, and those St. Louis Rams who knew our offense.  The AFC East has the Dolphins as defensive stalwarts and yet Brady probably would not let our offense get onto the ground as often as we would like them to be.

Here are a few more odd stats to know before I let you loose:

  • · Tied for 19th overall in first downs with Buffalo. (You cannot be serious?!)
  • · 23rd overall in third down percentages with 35.8%.
  • · 24th overall in fourth down percent efficiency with 41.2%.
  • · Highest PPG average is 34.8 by the Patriots.
  • · Lowest PPG average is 13.2 by the Chiefs (who we did see in 2012).
  • · The NFL PPG average is 22.7. (We are above that average, but there are 12 teams who score better than the Bucs on average as well.)

You know the drill.  Read the plethora of information above, make your best guess, and give a reason why you chose what you chose in the comments below.  Did the you think the Bucs improved, stayed static, or followed the trend of the last six games of 2012?

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