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Buccaneers vs. Falcons: Dirk Koetter preparing for aggressive Tampa Bay defense

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play all-out on every down, even if the other team is just taking a knee.

Kevin C. Cox

Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again decide to rush the victory formation, the Atlanta Falcons plan to be prepared, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter. The Buccaneers made the unconventional move in their 41-34 Week 2 loss to the New York Giants, surprising many. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter says the Falcons are accounting for that possibility:

"It's on film. They've proven that they are going to play hard every play and we've got to be ready to do that same,"

That move is just a part of the aggressive pass rush employed by the Bucs. Michael Bennett leads the team with seven sacks on the season, part of the team's 17 total. In addition, they've combined for 65 tackles for a loss. Koetter knows that aggression will be on display on Sunday:

"Their whole front is relentless. These guys don't quit until they hear the whistle. They play extremely hard. That jumps right off the tape at you. This is going to be a team, for us to be successful, we're going to have to out-work their front."

The Falcons have allowed 20 sacks this season, tied for 11th in the league. Their 28th-ranked rushing attack is going up against the No. 1 rush defense of the Bucs (just 81.8 yards allowed per game), so asserting their game plan at the line of scrimmage is likely to be a challenge for the Atlanta offense.

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