Bucs' Defense Taking Measured Approach After Embarrassing Loss to Browns

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense is taking a measured approach after their embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 12.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense is taking a measured approach after their embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 12. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

For the entirety of the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense has carried a lackluster offense that ranks just 27th in points per game. The result has been a disappointing 5-6 record.

Tampa Bay's Week 12 loss took on a slightly different feel, however. Outside of the first quarter, the defense played well until the most important moments of the game, ultimately failing to stop the Cleveland Browns' furious comeback, which included touchdowns in the final seconds of both regulation and overtime.

The Buccaneers took this collapse seriously and responded with a unique approach heading into Week 13.

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According to Josh Alper at Pro Football Talk, Devin White and Lavonte David "organized a dinner for the defense a day after the game." The idea was to "make sure everyone is on the same page as they move into the final weeks of the season."

“Me and Lavonte organized that just to bring the guys closer, just to be able to lean on one another and trust one another...Because at the end of the day we’ve got a great defense and we want to show it for four quarters and 60 minutes.”

Devin White

While the extra motivation by Tampa Bay's defense is appreciated, this team is going nowhere if the offense continues to struggle. The team has been especially ineffective running the ball, ranking dead last in rushing touchdowns and rushing yards per game.

Luckily, the Buccaneers play in the worst division in football -- the NFC South -- and sit in first place despite their sub-.500 record. Tampa Bay will try to bounce back with a more complete defensive effort in Week 13 at home against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. The Buccaneers are currently favored by 3.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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