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If you are reading this series, then you too are growing weary of the production or rather lack of production on offense.  That lack of production simply wore out the defense.

Offense

The offense continued its failings. Outside of two drives, there was a superfluous amount of ineptness. Three turnovers and for the third game in a row the offense went 1 for 3 in the Red Zone. The team only rushed 14 times for 26 yards.  Of those 14 rush attempts, four of them came from quarterback Josh McCown's scrambling for 8 yards.  Doug Martin had 22 yards rushing on five attempts. Rookie Charles Sims also rushed five times for negative four yards. Recall that mantra to establishing the run game? Welp, it was abandoned here. Not only that, but Sims was on the field more than Martin. Makes me think this is a kangaroo offense.

TB Offense vs Det Defense

Qtr

Drive

Plays

Yards

Result

40 + yard Drives

50 + yard Drives

60 + yard Drives

70 + Yard Drives

80 + Yard Drives

90 + yard Drives

1

1

3

3

Punt

2

12

44

FG

1

2

3

3

0

Int

4

3

12

Fumble

5

6

72

Int

1

6

4

10

TD

3

7

3

2

Punt

8

3

3

Punt

9

4

9

Punt

10

6

81

TD

1

4

11

4

21

Punt

12

3

-15

Punt

13

6

40

Downs

1

Total

15

60

282

17

2

0

0

1

1

0

Out of the 13 drives, six of them were of the 3-and-Out variety. Drives that were only four plays or less are nine out of the 13 drives, or about 70% of our offensive drives. Five of those four play or less drives occurred in the second half.

Let us add this new game to our total season game coverage. Remember, we are looking or observing patterns.  Although we do know what that pattern is, we still need empirical evidence to substantiate what our eyes witnessed.

TB Offense vs Opposing Defense

Team

Drive

Plays

Yards

Offensive Scoring

40 + yard Drives

50 + yard Drives

60 + yard Drives

70 + Yard Drives

80 + Yard Drives

90 + yard Drives

Total

Car

11

55

279

14

1

1

2

0

0

0

4

StL

9

54

372

17

1

0

2

2

0

0

5

Atl

14

57

143

7

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Pit

10

66

365

27

1

0

1

0

2

0

4

NO

11

55

274

24

1

0

0

0

2

0

3

Bal

12

69

379

17

0

2

1

1

0

1

5

Bye Week

Min

12

52

224

13

0

1

0

1

0

0

2

Cle

12

65

375

17

2

0

1

0

1

0

4

Atl

9

76

334

17

2

0

0

1

1

0

4

Was

9

48

294

20

1

0

1

0

1

0

3

Chi

15

77

317

13

1

1

0

2

0

0

4

Cin

12

57

217

13

2

0

0

1

0

0

3

Det

13

60

282

17

2

0

0

1

1

0

4

Totals

149

791

3855

216

14

5

8

9

9

1

46

Avg

11.46

60.84

296.54

16.62

1.077

0.385

0.615

0.692

0.692

0.077

Percent of drives over total number of drives

9.4%

3.4%

5.4%

6.0%

6.0%

0.7%

30.9%

Yet another pedestrian outing for our offense.

Defense

Lions Offense v TB Defense

Qtr

Drive

Plays

Yards

Result

40 + yard Drives

50 + yard Drives

60 + yard Drives

70 + Yard Drives

80 + yard Drives

90 + yard Drives

1

1

11

56

Downs

1

2

11

70

TD

1

2

3

3

9

Punt

4

8

34

TD

5

4

4

FG

6

0

0

End of Half

3

7

5

56

FG

1

8

3

2

Punt

9

10

88

TD

1

4

10

5

-6

Punt

11

6

92

TD

1

12

4

4

Downs

13

3

-2

End of Game

Total

13

73

407

34

0

2

0

1

1

1

In the first half, the defense gave up one big long drive. 10 points were given up due to short yardage. The second half was simply demoralizing. DT Gerald McCoy gave us all a big scare, but after a few days have gone by we know the injury was a bruise. Phew!  Even though the defense had four sacks, it did not create any turnovers.

There was one turnover created, but it was created after McCown threw an interception in the endzone and tight end Luke Stocker stripped the ball from defensive back to which offensive lineman Oniel Cousins pounced upon the loose ball.

Opposing Offenses vs TB Defense

Team

Drive

Plays

Yards

Offensive Scoring

40 + yard Drives

50 + yard Drives

60 + yard Drives

70 + Yard Drives

80 + Yard Drives

90 + yard Drives

Total

Car

11

71

317

20

2

0

1

0

0

0

3

StL

8

64

343

19

1

0

1

1

1

0

4

Atl

13

67

570

42

1

1

1

1

2

0

6

Pit

11

75

375

24

0

0

1

1

1

1

4

NO

13

89

522

35

1

0

2

2

1

0

6

Bal

13

67

448

48

0

3

0

0

2

0

5

Bye Week

Min

12

62

338

13

1

0

2

0

0

0

3

Cle

13

68

329

22

1

2

0

0

1

0

4

Atl

10

64

317

27

1

1

1

1

1

0

5

Was

11

71

321

7

3

1

0

1

0

0

5

Chi

15

62

201

21

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

Cin

12

58

272

14

0

1

2

0

0

0

3

Det

13

73

407

34

0

2

0

1

1

1

5

Totals

155

891

4760

326

11

12

11

8

10

2

54

Avg

11.92

68.54

366.2

25.08

0.85

0.92

0.846

0.62

0.769

0.15

Percent of drives over total number of drives

7.1%

7.7%

7.1%

5.2%

6.5%

1.3%

34.8%

There is no sugarcoating this week's performance for the defense except that the collapse came in the second half.

Conclusion

Our offense continues to perform beyond an atrocious rate.  Initial offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was released from his contractual obligation from the team.  It would appear obvious that this scheme will not exist after this year, and thusly not need to revive any portion of it by retaining Tedford's services.

On defense, sacks came not from the usual suspects.  Two sacks came from Jacquies Smith, one from William Gholston, and one was from Larry English.  All of these guys are reserve guys in respect to McCoy, Clinton McDonald, or Michael Johnson.

Oh the season's end cannot embrace us soon enough.