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Monday, December 5, 2011
Bucs' defensive woes by the numbers

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

It’s become painfully obvious that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense no longer even resembles what it was back in the days of Tony Dungy and Monte Kiffin.

Let’s turn to ESPN Stats & Information for some perspective.

The Bucs allowed 38 points to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. That marked just the fifth time since 1994, two years before the arrival of Dungy and Kiffin, that the Bucs have allowed that many points in a home game.

The Bucs have lost six straight following a 4-2 start. The defense obviously has been a big part of the reason for that. Since Week 7, the Bucs have allowed an average of 30.7 points. The only teams that have allowed more in that stretch are the Indianapolis Colts (32.5) and the Minnesota Vikings (30.8).