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Bucs hot reads: Pass defense slowing big plays

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Published:   |   Updated: December 21, 2013 at 04:05 PM

Did you know?

Only six teams have yielded fewer completions of 20-plus yards than the Bucs. Here are the leaders and number of 20-yard passes allowed:

Seattle Seahawks - 27

Houston Texans - 29

San Francisco 49ers - 32

New Orleans Saints - 35

Cincinnati Bengals - 35

Pittsburgh Steelers - 36

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 38

Cleveland Browns - 38

Stat of the day

In 2012, the Bucs allowed 69 completions of at least 20 yards

Quote of the day

“When you have good coaches, that’s part of the business. Mike is a heck of a football coach, and if that’s something that comes up and there’s something to report, I will report it.’’

— Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, responding to speculation that offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is a candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Army

By the numbers

18: Giveaways by the Bucs this season (7 fumbles, 11 interceptions)

19: Franchise record for fewest giveaways (2010) in a season

81: Punt return yards allowed by St. Louis through 14 games

Injury Report

For the Bucs, DE Da’Quan Bowers (knee) and G Carl Nicks (foot) are out; S Mark Barron (hamstring) is questionable; LB Lavonte David (hamstring), WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), G Davin Joseph (knee) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) are probable.

For the Rams, WR Tavon Austin (ankle) and RB Daryl Richardson (thigh) are questionable; CB Janoris Jenkins (back), T Mike Person (illness) and LB Will Witherspoon (illness) are probable.

Upcoming schedule

Sunday: at St. Louis, 1 p.m.

Dec. 29: at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

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