Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Keys to Defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars

Three ways the Buccaneers can attack the Jaguars this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

1. Continue to perform on defense.
Through the first four games of 2015, the Buccaneers have the ninth-ranked defense in terms of yards allowed. On Sunday, Tampa Bay will face a Jacksonville offense that's ranked 18th. The Jaguars are 20th in passing offense, 17th in rushing offense, and have scored the second-fewest points (62) of any NFL team so far. Red zone defense is important every game, but especially this weekend. The Jaguars have converted on just 70 percent of their field goal attempts, the sixth-worst percentage in the league. It's important for the Bucs' defense to play at the high level they have been and bend but not break in the red zone.

2. Protect Jameis Winston.
The Jaguars have proven their ability to rush the passer. Through four games, the team has nine sacks, tied for the ninth-most in the NFL. Giving up sacks is only part of the equation, though.  The Jaguars have just one interception so far, tied for the second-fewest in the league. Just five teams in the NFL have fewer than two picks through four games. The more time Winston has to dissect Jacksonville's defense, the easier it will be for him to deliver high percentage throws. There will be an opportunity against a Jags' defense who gives up an average of 278.5 yards through the air each game, the seventh-most of any team. 

3. Attack their strong suit.
There is no doubt that the strength of the Jaguars' team is their front seven on defense. The team has the NFL's fourth-best run defense, which allows just 83 yards per game. The Bucs have an advantage when attacking the Jags in the air but in order to pass the ball effectively Tampa Bay needs to establish the run, control the clock and find themselves in manageable distances on third down. The Bucs' rushing attack is led by Doug Martin, who picked up his first 100-yard game of the season last week, and Charles Sims, who has been a productive compliment to Martin on third down.

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