Buccaneers Defense First 2 Games: 2018 vs 2019 Comparison
The Buccaneers Defense has been the talk of the town these first two weeks of the 2019 NFL season from Bucs fans worldwide. The unit looks completely different this season due to new Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles implementing his scheme and using players to their strengths. Mike Smith never did that and it cost the team a lot of games. Below is a breakdown of the 1st two games team Defense stats from 2018 and 2019.
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Bucs 2018 Defense under Mike Smith:
9/24 third down
50 first downs
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Bucs 2019 Defense under Todd Bowles:
8/27 third down
37 first downs
As you can see, the Defense has allowed almost 300 yards less, 33 points less, and have a better efficiency rate on 3rd down. The team faced Drew Brees and Nick Foles to being last season while facing Jimmy Garoppolo and Cam Newton this season. Drew Brees will go down as one of the greatest QBs of all time and he picked the Defense apart last season. So far this season, the Defense is flying all over the field and making sure not to give up the big plays downfield and runs up the middle. Todd Bowles has something special brewing with the Defense and it will continue this week against rookie Daniel Jones in his first ever start for the Giants.