by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/28/14) The Buccaneers, who tied for 23rd in the NFL with 35 sacks last year, showed they have the capacity for more Week 4 at Pittsburgh, taking down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times. Two of those sacks went to defensive lineman Michael Johnson, who was with the Bengals last year.
In all, the Buccaneers allowed 24 points on 390 yards. They recovered a fumble on one of their sacks, setting up a short touchdown drive.
The Buccaneers had a total of four sacks in three games prior to this one. They'll be visiting the Saints in Week 5, so you'll want to leave the Buccaneers DST on the waiver wire for now.
Buccaneers harass the quarterback in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/28/14) The Buccaneers defense held their own reasonably well Sunday, in a 27-24 win over the Steelers.
The Buccaneers were tagged for 390 yards of total offense in the game, and the Steelers managed three touchdowns through the air in the game. However, the Buccaneers did well to force one lost fumble by Ben Roethlisberger, while adding five sacks in the game.
This was a nice bouncback performance for a DST unit that was tagged for 56 yards last week. Unfortunately, Fantasy owners will want to steer clear with the Saints on the schedule for Week 5.
Gerald McCoy aiming for Week 4 return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/19/14) Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy told the Tampa Tribune Friday he thinks he might end up missing just one game as a result of a broken hand, after sitting out Thursday's loss to the Falcons.
McCoy is targeting a return to action in Week 4 against the Steelers, noting that his hand is in a splint, not a cast. The extra time off following Thursday's game could give him a better chance of returning next Sunday.
Buccaneers DST non-existent Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/19/14) The Buccaneers DST treated Thursday's game more like a practice.
Tampa allowed 56 points during the contest. While the team was put in poor positions due to offensive turnovers, Tampa Bay did nothing to stop the Falcons. The situation got so severe that the Falcons pulled most of their offensive studs less than halfway into the third quarter.
Tampa Bay did make some noise late, scoring a touchdown on a T.J. Yates interception. They managed one sack, and forced four fumbles.
The Buccaneers will take on the Steelers Week 4.
Report: Gerald McCoy expected to be inactive
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/18/14) The Buccaneers are not planning to play defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (broken hand) Thursday against the Falcons, sources told NFL.com.
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A sleeper DST in Tampa Bay? After the spending the Bucs did this offseason it sure looks that way. An already talented defense added pass rushing end Michael Johnson and cornerback Alterraun Verner, among other lesser-notable players. The unit will be coached up by Lovie Smith, who ran a number of stellar Bears defenses for years. There are still some weak spots, especially in the secondary now that Darrelle Revis is gone, and the schedule is no cupcake, but this is going to be a defense that should improve at sacking the quarterback and continue slamming on the run. That should lead to a lot of good weeks. We'd gamble on the Bucs right out of the gate, especially since they host the Panthers' dressed-down offense in Week 1 and the Rams in Week 2.