NFL Capsule: Buccaneers at Cardinals

TAMPA BAY (4-2) at ARIZONA (3-3)

Sunday, 4:15 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE—Cardinals by 3 1/2 .

RECORD VS. SPREAD—Buccaneers 2-3-1, Cardinals 2-4.

SERIES RECORD—Tied 8-8.

LAST MEETING—Buccaneers 17, Cardinals 10, Nov. 4, 2007.

LAST WEEK—Buccaneers beat Rams 18-17; Cardinals lost to Seahawks 22-10.

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE—OVERALL (23), RUSH (22), PASS (18)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE—OVERALL (22), RUSH (31), PASS (6)

CARDINALS OFFENSE—OVERALL (32), RUSH (28), PASS (32)

CARDINALS DEFENSE—OVERALL (27), RUSH (29), PASS (21)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES—Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber set to play in 200th career game. LB Derrick Brooks is only other Tampa Bay player to reach that mark. Barber has 39 career interceptions. … Of 98 points Tampa Bay has scored, 39 have come in fourth quarter.


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One Response to “NFL Capsule: Buccaneers at Cardinals”

  1. Chris says:

    A road victory over the Cardinals will put Tampa Bay in the driver’s seat, with the ability to control their own destiny within the Division.

    I like this match-up for the Bucs.

    Neither team has an impressive rushing game in comparison to the remainder of the league, ranking 22nd for Tampa Bay and 28th for Arizona. But if the Cardinals turn to the air to move the ball, they do so in the face of the 6th best pass defense in the league, with 10 total interceptions on the year. The Buccaneer’s opponents thus far have pulled in only 3 interceptions. In addition, Arizona rookie QB Max Hall is recovering from a concussion, and it remains to be seen if there are any lingering effects.

    Tampa Bay’s defensive squad has also forced 7 fumbles on the year, however a meager total of 5 sacks indicates a serious deficiency as opponents have managed to bring down the QB 14 times.

    The more important question for Tampa Bay may be on offense. Can the Bucs generate a running game of any significance? Can the offensive line protect QB Josh Freeman from a Cardinal’s defense that has 13 sacks on the season? Will the Buccaneers be able to maintain their average time of possession advantage of roughly 6 minutes over Arizona?

    In addition to 13 sacks on the season, the Cardinal’s defense has forced 8 fumbles and maintains a +7 turnover ratio against opposing teams.

    Tampa Bay can’t look past the Cardinals by any means, but a victory in Arizona would give the Bucs a clear line of sight to a Divisional showdown.

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