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Back in the day, former Bucs great Warren Sapp used to say of the Tampa Bay defense, “Give us 17 points and we’ll do the rest.’’ From the looks of things, it could be that way again this year. Through five weeks, the Bucs are allowing 17.5 points per game, which is the eighth-fewest in the league and the fourth-fewest in the NFC. Tampa Bay’s offense, however, is averaging 11 points per game.
By the numbers
One of the real keys to the Bucs’ defensive success so far this year has been their play inside the red zone. Tampa Bay has allowed only four touchdowns in 14 red zone situations for a 28.6 touchdown percentage that ranks No. 2 in the league behind unbeaten Kansas City (25.0).
Quote of the day
“Boise was awesome. They’ve got a new facility over there. They’re spoiling those guys, but they deserve it.’’
Bucs second-year RB Doug Martin, who returned to the Boise State campus during the bye week
Stat of the day
The Bucs have been outscored 31-10 in the second half this season.
Feeling a draft
Tampa Bay’s roster includes seven players who were selected in the first round of the NFL draft:
Player Pick Year Team
RB Doug Martin 31st 2012 Bucs
S Mark Barron 7th 2012 Bucs
T Gabe Carimi 29th 2011 Bears
DE Adrian Clayborn 20th 2011 Bucs
DT Gerald McCoy 3rd 2010 Bucs
CB Darrelle Revis 13th 2007 Jets
G Davin Joseph 23rd 2006 Bucs
For the Bucs, CB Michael Adams (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday; G Carl Nicks (foot) and WR Mike Williams (hamstring) were limited; S Mark Barron (hamstring), OL Gabe Carimi (illness), TW Tom Crabtree (ankle), S Dashon Goldson (foot), DT Derek Landri (knee), DE Steven Means (shoulder) and CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) participated fully. For the Eagles, QB Michael Vick (hamstring) was limited for the second day.
Sunday: Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Oct. 20: at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24: Carolina, 8:25 p.m.
Nov. 3: at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.