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Bucs defense: NFL's 4th-worst 2-game stretch in 50 years



If you watched the Bucs' two losses over the last five days, first in giving up a franchise-record 626 yards to the Raiders, then another 461 on Thursday to the Falcons, you may have wondered: Just how bad is this two-game stretch, historically?

The answer? Extremely bad.

The Bucs have given up 1,087 yards of total offense in a two-game span -- in the last 50 years, out of all the games played by all teams, that's the fourth-worst two-game total. Fourth-worst, in a span that close to 10,000 games.

The only worse two-game stretches? The Bills gave up 1,201 against the Patriots and 49ers in 2012. The Falcons gave up 1,107 to the Chiefs and Broncos in 2004. The Redskins gave up 1,091 to the Bills and Cardinals in 1996. That's it, in the entire Super Bowl era.

Most passing yards in a two-game stretch? The Bucs gave up 513 to Oakland's Derek Carr, then another 344 to Atlanta's Matt Ryan on Thursday. That's 857, and taking away yards from sacks, that's a combined 823 passing yards allowed. That's the seventh-highest two-game stretch in 50 years. Congrats to the 2014 Colts, who gave up 871 -- 522 to Ben Roethlisberger and 349 to Eli Manning.

What about Bucs history? The Bucs gave up 1,087 yards in a two-game stretch, and in 41 seasons, they'd given up 1,000 in a two-game stretch just once before. That was 1980, and the Bucs gave up 1,036 in their sixth and seventh games -- Green Bay's Lynn Dickey threw for 418 yards as part of a 569-yard day for the Packers, and then the Oilers went for 467, with Ken Stabler passing for 242 and Earl Campbell rushing for 203.

So yes, by sheer yardage, this is the worst two-game defensive stretch in Bucs history, and the fourth-worst in the NFL in the last 50 years.

[Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2016 1:26am]


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