Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/25/12

Yes, you read the headline correctly. It is not a typo.

Through three games this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the league's best run defense.

The same defense that ranked dead last in the NFL last season by allowing a franchise-worst 156.1 rushing yards per game has transformed into a dominant run-stopping machine. The Bucs are only giving up 47.3 rushing yards and just 2.3 yards per carry so far in 2012.

In Week 1, the Bucs held running back DeAngelo Williams to negative 1-yard and quarterback Cam Newton to just four yards on the ground. Against the Cowboys, running back DeMarco Murray had just 38 yards on 18 carries.

 

It has been amazing to watch the Bucs turn things around like they have. Last season, Tampa Bay's rush defense had holes so big a motorhome could drive through them. Now they are playing stout defense and making life difficult for opposing ball carriers.

But the Bucs will be tested in a big way when the Redskins and their second-ranked rushing offense comes to town. Washington is averaging 180.7 rushing yards per game.

Leading Washington's ground attack is rookie Alfred Morris, who has 263 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Also, No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III has been terrorizing defenses with his legs just as much as he has with his accurate arm. The former Heisman Trophy winner has 209 yards on the ground to go along with three rushing scores.

It will be like when the immoveable object meets the unstoppable force. And the Bucs' rush defense must remain immoveable if they went to get back to .500 on Sunday.

 

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Browns make Ryan Grigson senior personnel executive

Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz looks positively jacked in recent photo

Manchester United wins Europa League Final, returns to Champions League

Ice Cube challenges LaVar Ball to make 4-point shot, will make it worth his while

D’Angelo Russell ‘likes’ tweet saying ‘no way’ Lakers should draft Lonzo Ball

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Draft prospect Frank Jackson undergoes foot surgery

Bucks promoting Justin Zanik to interim GM

Antonio Brown tweets great reaction to relaxed celebration rules

Report: Timberwolves interested in signing Derrick Rose

Report: NFL teams raising ‘concerns’ over games in London

Doctors unsure whether Isaiah Thomas needs hip surgery

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

Box Score 5/24: Craig Anderson saves the Senators

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker