Bucs pass defense is woeful after two games


Sep 18, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) makes a touchdown catch against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After yesterday’s 40-7 defeat at the hands of the Cardinals, you have to look at what the Bucs have given up through the air after two weeks. Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer have thrown for 642 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions in the first two weeks of the season. There were holes all day in the Bucs secondary as Arizona was able to run free and take advantage of the deficiencies in the pass defense.

The additions of free agent Brent Grimes and rookie Vernon Hargreaves was supposed to help out the pass defense however through two games the Bucs biggest weakness is clearly in the secondary. The Bucs were unable to get pressure on Palmer on Sunday as they only recorded one sack, this will need to improve or else the opposing quarterback will be able to just sit in the pocket and find the holes evident in the Bucs secondary.

Tampa bay may get a break as the Los Angeles Rams come to town, they have scored just three field goals on the year. Case Keenum has been underwhelming so far completing 35 of 65 passes for 369 yards and two interceptions. The Bucs open at home this weekend and will need to make some quick fixes to get a win in front of the home crowd.