It's been a season full of losses wrapped up in a lot of drama. But the Bucs have one thing they can boast about being the best at: interceptions.
On both sides of the football.
Offensively, the Bucs have thrown the 6th fewest -- just two off the league lead. On defense, the Bucs are dominating tops in the NFL with 17 picks in 12 games.
"Well, I didn't know," said Dashon Goldson. "We still have got a couple more games to hopefully get some hands on some more. Our goal is to get at least two a game. If we can get more than that, that's golden for us."
Turnovers have been the biggest difference. The Bucs are 2-1 in games where they've won the turnover battle. They would have been un-defeated in those games, if not for the collapse in Seattle.
"Any game we've been even in this year, we haven't won," said Gerald McCoy. "Takeaways have been the key in winning."
The Bucs have been a bunch of ball hawks. They have nine different players that have come up with picks.
"I think it's the main thing, is to try to do my job and don't try to do too much," said rookie Keith Tandy. "That's the main thing coaches always preach to us. A lot of time you do your job, our defense is so good, the plays come to you. When it's your time to make a play, you got to step up and make it."
Football is a game of inches. Just affecting a play in the backfield by an inch can drastically alter a play way down field.
"You don't always sack the quarterback," said Greg Schiano. "But if you can affect his throw, by mirroring the throwing hand and those kind of things. You know, change the release point by that much [showing an inch measurement] --25 yards down the field, it's that much [spreading his arms wide]."
The Bucs have made the most of their opportunities. One-third of their points have come off turnovers this season, and this is a week that they'll need that trend to continue. The Buffalo Bills are second to the Bucs in picking off their opponents.
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