The Bucs are 4-8 this season, and it’s easy to argue that they are lucky to even have that many wins.
After all, no team has trailed more in games this season than the Bucs. Really.
ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas notes that the Bucs have spent 475 minutes and 22 seconds trailing this season. That’s more than any team in the league by far, including the Colts. Indianapolis is second worst at 432 minutes.
(Florio suggests this could be the Bucs’ new excuse: We’re 4-8 because we’ve trailed more than anyone.)
The stat is almost hard to believe, but Tampa’s underlying stats paint a similarly grim picture: The Bucs are 25th in points scored and 30th in points allowed. No team gives up more yards-per-passing attempt. Only one team has allowed more rushing touchdowns.
Add it all up, and you get the picture of a team that is a lot closer to the very bottom of the league than a team on the upswing.