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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

NFC South has four of NFL's five worst defenses

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs for a first-half touchdown against the Bucs.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs for a first-half touchdown against the Bucs.

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Sure, the Bucs are off to a 1-3 start, but they're also playing in the worst division in the NFL this season, both in overall record and points allowed.

The NFC South has four of the five worst scoring defenses in the NFL, all giving up at least 29 points per game. The Panthers, best in the division in scoring defense, rank 28th in the NFL at 29.5 points/game, following by the Falcons (31.0) in 29th, Bucs (32.0) in 31st and Saints (32.5) in 32nd. Only the Colts, ranked 30th, keep the division from having the four worst defenses in the NFL.

What's more, the division has the NFL's worst record outside its division, with a 3-7 mark so far, including an 0-3 mark by the Bucs. The closest division is the AFC South, which is 4-8, and the AFC East is the only other division with a losing record, at 4-6. Three divisions are at .500, with the NFC East dominating at 7-1 and the AFC West at 9-5.

The good news for the Bucs is that they still have five games against NFC South teams -- that likely means high-scoring games ahead. The Bucs and Panthers have already scored 32 and 33 points in losses this season, and the Saints have scored 32 and 34 in losses. It's all the more impressive that the Bucs held the Falcons to 24 points in Week 1 -- Atlanta has averaged 43 points in three games since.

[Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2016 12:18pm]

    

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