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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs defense can't stop points off turnovers



When a team turns the ball over four times, as the Bucs did on Saturday at Carolina, it puts a tremendous strain on a defense. But it also doesn't help when the defense does a poor job of getting stops after those turnovers.

That's been the case too often for the Bucs defense, which has been put in some difficult situations because of the turnovers but also hasn't done very much to stop the ensuing points.

"(Turnovers) put a lot of stress on the defense, but you have to do your job, man," linebacker Geno Hayes said. "We could have done more, but we didn’t."

To put things in perspective, consider some numbers: The Bucs have caused 22 turnovers this season, scoring 65 points off those takeaways. But on the other end, Tampa Bay has 36 giveaways and has allowed 107 points off those turnovers. That's a net difference of 42 points in just one small category.

"It’s our job to get the ball back and stop them from scoring in any position," defensive end Da'Quan Bowers said.

Against Carolina, however, the Panthers scored a whopping 24 points off the Bucs' four turnovers. Carolina scored each time it took possession following a Tampa Bay turnover.

Overall, the Bucs have a minus-14 turnover margin, second-worst in the NFL ahead of only the Redskins (minus-15).

[Last modified: Monday, December 26, 2011 2:03pm]


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