After week one's performance against the Titans, I think many Bucs fans were just about done with Lovie Smith and his defense. They made rookie Marcus Mariota and the entire Titans offense look unstoppable as Lovie's defense looked unprepared and unenthused.
On Sunday against the Saints, the Bucs defense looked like the unstoppable force at times.
“Yeah, it was a big game for us," Lovie Smith said on Monday. "We knew we would have to play well on defense and get some turnovers going to get some momentum and start feeling ourselves on defense. Those momentum plays were really big for us.”
The Bucs defense swarmed Drew Brees all day, most notably with just their front four defensive linemen. The Bucs defense had four sacks on the day, three by end Jacquies Smith, but it was the consistent pressure that flustered Brees and disrupted the Saints offense.
“Those guys played their [butt] off," Lovie Smith said of his defensive line. "I don’t know how many sacks we ended up having, but it seemed like they were getting a lot of pressure and you can just tell it makes the secondary’s job so much easier. I mean, look at any good secondary – they have a great pass rush so when those guys are going, it makes our job easy.”
Next up for the Bucs is the Houston Texans. The Texans have had their struggles on offense this year already. If the Bucs can manage another win on the road this week, that would make them 2-1 and returning home for a massive matchup with the Carolina Panthers.