The Bucs' communications staff has "situational" tables dating back to 1996. Thus, we can see how the team has done in certain situations over a pretty large sample size of 16.5 seasons. And cranking up the pass rush seems to have a strong correlation with winning.
Specifically, the Bucs have been quite a bit more successful when their defense has been able to break past two sacks in a game. Since 1996, here are the Buccaneers' records when they've had two or fewer sacks in a game, and when they've had three or more:
2.0 Sacks or Less/Game
3.0 Sacks or More/Game
There is something of a causation issue that must be considered here. Those who believe that winning leads to more carries, and not the other way around, point out that winning teams have a lot of runs because their backs are grinding out the clock at the end, not getting tons of ground-game-establishing carries early. One could make a similar argument that teams that are ahead on the scoreboard are likely to face more passes, which increases the opportunity for sacks.
That's an argument worth considering, but here's why it might not be that damning to the sacks-wins corollary after all: Tampa Bay's game-by-game sack totals haven't really coincided directly with their opponents' pass attempts totals. For instance, the Bucs had three sacks on opening day, when Cam Newton attempted 33 passes, but they had zero the next week, when Eli Manning threw it a whopping 51 times. They got to Minnesota's Christian Ponder three times in 38 drop-backs, but only dropped Oakland's Carson Palmer twice in 64 drop-backs. The same lack of correlation can be found in the 2011 and 2010 game-by-game totals as well.
Therefore, we're here to say it, and believe it: If the Buccaneers' defense can sack Newton at least three times this Sunday, Tampa Bay will have a very good chance of leaving Charlotte with a victory.
Just a bit of the read that's on the Bucs website.
I think we need some one who pushes up the middle to open up room for McCoy and the DE's. If we had more pressure on the QB I think he would have less ability to cut our DBs up like a surgeon. Our Corners aren't exactly the top of the league, but I think they are better then the dead last rank we see on stats. But they need more help from the front. I like Claiborne, Bennett, Teo, and Bowers. But After McCoy we have no real threat in the middle.