Despite star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and quality front seven players like Robert Ayers and Chris Baker, the Buccaneers will enter Sunday with the fewest sacks (six) as a defense in the NFL.
On 934 individual pass-rush attempts thus far in 2017, Buccaneers defenders have accumulated a grand total of 84 quarterback pressures (six sacks, 21 hits, 57 hurries).
That means a QB pressure has been registered at 8.9 percent of Tampa Bay's pass-rush snaps.
For perspective, the Bills have 92 quarterback pressures (13 sacks, 21 hits, and 58 hurries) on 928 pass-rush snaps. That's good for a 9.9 pressure rate, which at this juncture of the season, is a sizable difference over Tampa's rate of 8.9, particularly considering the contrast in sacks.
While Tampa Bay has had issues bringing the opposing quarterback to the turf, its pressure rate isn't nearly as bad as its current sack total.
Let's assume the Buccaneers aren't able to get consistent pressure on Tyrod Taylor. How good has the Bills quarterback been when not under duress so far in 2017?
While "kept clean," Taylor has a passer rating of 97.1, the 17th-highest among 33 qualifying quarterbacks. His 67.0 completion percentage is the 21st-best and his adjusted completion percentage of 77.4 is tied for 15th with Tom Brady. While not under pressure, Buffalo's starting signal-caller has thrown six touchdowns and two interceptions.
Under pressure through five games, Taylor's passer rating is 74.5. He's completed just 51.3 percent of his throws, and has an adjusted completion percentage of 69.7 percent.
So while there's a narrative that Taylor is better under pressure and when he's forced out of the pocket, like every other quarterback, he's more effective when he's not dealing with approaching pressure.
After his worst game of the season against the Bengals in a contest in which he was pressured on 40.9 percent of his drop backs and sacked on six occasions, Taylor and Buffalo's passing game would likely benefit from an outing in which he doesn't face pressure close to half of the time he looks to pass the football.
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