How bad is Tampa Bay's run defense?

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
9:52
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We know that Tampa Bay’s run defense is bad. But let’s put it into some pretty strong perspective.

Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for providing some very telling numbers. All you have to do is look at what Tennessee’s Chris Johnson did Sunday in the Titans' 23-17 win over the Buccaneers.

Johnson carried 23 times for 190 yards and averaged 8.3 yards per carry. In 10 games before playing Tampa Bay, Johnson averaged 16 carries, 50.9 rushing yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry.

That alone says a lot, but there’s more. Johnson gained 152 of his 190 yards before initial contact. Johnson’s previous high for yards before contact this season was 69, and that came in Week 4.

In other words, it wasn’t like Johnson was running over the Bucs. He wasn’t even getting touched until well after he did damage.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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