Buccaneers History in London
Starting in 2007, the NFL began playing games every year in London. This weekend marks the third time that the NFL has sent Tampa Bay to England. The Buccaneers two previous games in London resulted in an 0-2 record.
The first time that the Bucs traveled to London in 2009, they lost to the New England Patriots 35-7. QB Tom Brady tore up the Buccaneers secondary going 23-32 for 308 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 INTs. Buccaneers QB Josh Johnson went 9-26 for 156 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INT. The run game was non-existent as RB Derrick Ward ran for 43 yards and RB Cadillac Williams rushed for 34 yards.
The second time the Bucs traveled to London was in 2011. They lost to the Chicago Bears 24-18. Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman went 29-51 for 264 yards, 2 TDs, and 4 INTs. The Bears were led by RB Matt Forte who ran for 145 yards and 1 TD. The Buccaneers run game was also non-existent in this game as the team only ran for 30 total yards.
In Sunday’s matchup, the team will be facing second year QB Kyle Allen and the monster of a RB in Christian McCaffrey. The Bucs did a good job of locking down McCaffrey in the first matchup in Week 2 as he only totaled 53 total yards but he has gone on a rampage since. McCaffrey has totaled 422 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs, 182 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD. The key to the Buccaneers getting their first win in London will be containing Kyle Allen as the Bucs have given up 1,147 passing yards in the last three weeks. If Shaq Barrett and company can get pressure on Allen like they did Newton, then this should be a win for the Buccaneers.