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Bucs Data Crunch for Week Six

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Every week, we football fans consume the NFL through live game action, replays and highlight shows. And then we consume it again through the numbers. Whether it's via fantasy football, statistical analysis or simply the league standings, numbers help us understand and digest the game we love. This season, Buccaneers.com wants to help you see what the numbers are saying.

Introducing Bucs Data Crunch, our weekly foray into data visualization that will help tell the story of Tampa Bay Buccaneers football and the 2013 NFL season as a whole. Here, we will not only dive deep into the statistics generated each week by the Buccaneers but we'll present it to you in graphical form to better convey what the numbers are telling us. These interactive graphs allow the user to identify trends, gaining a better understanding of how wins and losses are generated and where the team is headed.

Our first data visualization exercise of 2013 focuses on defensive trends from the Buccaneers from last year to this year, within the context of the performance of all 32 NFL teams. We've highlighted such key statistics as sacks produced, fumbles forced, interceptions and passing yards allowed. With one quarter of the season in the books, the Buccaneers are showing significant improvement in each of these categories, which is reflected most notably in the obviously critical category of points allowed. Browse through the various graphs, using your mouse to highlight various trend lines for the Buccaneers and the other teams, to see where the greatest improvements have been made.