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Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul: “We click”

The message is simple. 

“You play for the man next to you,” says the Buccaneers veteran defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy. 

“Guys out there are playing their hearts out,” adds Jason Pierre-Paul, the Buccaneers defensive end. “The D-line is playing together. The offense is playing together, special teams, we click.”

Have you heard that noise in the game against the 49ers or in the game against the Panthers?

Click. Click. Click.  

“When JPP goes out there,” McCoy tells us with a smile, “he knows I have five kids I got to feed so he plays like that.”

Click. Click. Click. 

“I think any time a team clicks,” Pierre-Paul says, “that is a good thing and that is what we are doing right now.” 

Click. Click. Click. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing together and they are also winning the turnover battle.  

“Taking the ball away,” says McCoy, “you take the ball away, man, it helps.”

In the five games won by the Buccaneers this season, they turned the ball over seven times while their opponents turned the ball over 11 times.

“It is rare that you lose the turnover battle and win the game,” McCoy tells us. 

He is correct. The Buccaneers only lost the turnover battle but won the game against the Cleveland Browns. You may recall that game went into overtime so it was certainly close for four quarters.  

“When you win, it feels good,” Pierre-Paul says, “and we want to keep that feel good feeling going so that is what we got to do.”

The Buccaneers defense knows they must attack the ball especially when it is in the hands of the Saints quarterback, Drew Brees. He has only thrown three interceptions this season. He has also only lost two games this year, one to the Buccaneers in Week 1 and one to the Cowboys on Thursday.

“Don’t be fooled by that,” says McCoy. “This is Drew Brees and Sean Payton we are talking about. They are going to come with some fire and they had a couple extra days off so we got to match the energy.” 

Click. Click. Click.

News Channel 8 Sports’ Gabrielle Shirley also spoke to Scott Reynolds at about the elements surrounding the game on Sunday. The potentially wet weather will not favor the home team. However, the Buccaneers need to win this game to have a chance at competing beyond the regular season. 

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