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Buccaneers Pass Defense A Work In Progress

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were competitive against the New York Giants on Sunday, but their defense ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Eli Manning threw for more than 500 yards in leading the Giants' comeback win, and as Bucs Nation noted, Tampa Bay's pass defense left a lot to be desired:

The pass work progress? No, its a problem. Fans who expected coach Greg Schiano and Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan to fix the Bucs defensive woes in one off-season were probably kidding themselves. But no one truly expected to see the team surrender 501 yds passing through the air.

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The Giants got touchdowns on a pair of big pass plays in the fourth quarter and scored a total of 25 points over the final 15 minutes. Receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz proved too much for the Bucs' secondary to handle.

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