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Jason Pierre-Paul again pulls the rabbit out of his helmet

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) runs by Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) after intercepting a pass by Goff during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Rarity happens for the second game in a row.

An interception is a stat that a defensive lineman might never see anything other than zero in; for his entire career. But to have it happen two games in a row is definitely a golden unicorn for any lineman. To put it in perspective, only one Buccaneer has more than two. I will insert here that the Bucs Defensive Backs should have more picks than they do this season. You still get the point, though. It just doesn’t happen very often. Certainly bringing back/re-signing Suh and Barrett were important moves. Without re-signing Pierre-Paul, though, it would have been a huge hit to us. At this time, Pierre-Paul leads the team in sacks with 7.5. The feeling here is he will end the season in the lead in that category as well.

Pierre-Paul doubles career interceptions in back to back games.

Up until week ten of this season, Pierre-Paul had a total of two interceptions for his career. After week eleven, he sat at 4, doubling his career output. JPP’s first two interceptions came in consecutive seasons 2012 and 2013 with the Giants. Then in week ten of this season, JPP intercepted Teddy Bridgewater of the Panthers. Then in week eleven, he intercepted Jared Goff of the Rams. He will look for his next interception against Pat Mahomes of the Chiefs, but he will most likely walk away from that game without one. Then again, who thought I would be writing this article after the Panthers game? Hopefully, he will take the next step and snag a pick-six, that one I’ve got to see, stay tuned Bucs Fans. Go Bucs!!

 

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