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During the 2013 season, the Buccaneers didn't play well during the second half of their games. They struggled even more during the second half of the season. part of the problem was a drop in time of possession, which showed their inability to stay on the field and that inability iwa a result of poor execution on third downs.
Tampa Bay finished the season with a 31.2 percent third down conversion rate, placing them second to last in the league. That percentage includes a 17.8 percent conversion rate in the final eight games of the season.
Per game, they were 40 percent in the first half but a dismal 22.5 percent in quarters three and four.
They did better in the running game when they converted 45.2 percent of third downs on the ground. However, the passing game saw 28.9 percent of third downs converted.
All that should change this season with the retooling of their offense along with the additions of rookies Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Mike Evans, the addition of Josh McCown and a healthy Doug Martin.
But it all starts up front and if they can not get their offensive line playing good football, their third down woes will continue.
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