Monday, December 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Can anyone on the Bucs' defense get to 10 sacks this season?

With six games left in the Bucs' season, it's a time to again ask a question that's been asked for quite some time: Will a Bucs player get 10 sacks this season?

As has been pointed out a few times, the Bucs haven't had a player get to 10 sacks since Simeon Rice in 2005. DT Gerald McCoy and DE Jacquies Smith both have six sacks to tie for the team lead — depending how you like your math, they're only on pace for 9.6 sacks each, putting the elusive 10th sack in jeopardy.

Smith missed two games with injury, so if he has six healthy games left, you could argue he's on pace for 10.5. First-year pro Howard Jones has 3.5 sacks in his six games, so he could double his total the rest of the way.

What makes it more interesting: None of the Bucs' remaining six opponents is particularly sack-prone. All of them rank between 14th and 24th in sacks allowed, with only the Rams (14th) in the top half of the league for sacks allowed.

There's a direct relationship between Bucs sacks and Bucs wins — when Tampa Bay has two sacks or fewer, it is 1-5 this season; when they get three or more, the Bucs are 4-0.

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