With the way Tom Brady has been playing the last few weeks, NFL observers are wondering if he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are peaking at just the right time. Their current status in the Discipline Index, the 33rd Team’s formula for measuring how well NFL teams are minimizing self-inflicted wounds via penalties and turnovers. would support that claim.
The Buccaneers actually dropped four spots in this week’s Discipline Index, from 7 to 11. But they had jumped out to such a big lead last Saturday against the Lions that it didn’t matter when they got a bit careless.
Still, the Buccaneers are a success story in terms of discipline over the course of the season. Ten weeks ago, the Buccaneers were 32nd in the NFL. They have since reduced their average penalties per game from 8.4 to 5.4, penalty yards per game from 82 to 46.1, and turnovers per game from 1.4 to 1.1. When you combine that team discipline with a hot hand from one of the greatest playoff quarterbacks in team history, Tampa Bay could be a scary opponent in the postseason.
Here’s are the complete Discipline Index rankings: