So many times this season, the Bucs defense has struggled against the over-35 QB crowd, with losses to Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Drew Brees. Sunday’s game at Green Bay offers a break from that, facing Packers quarterback Brett Hundley, just 24 and playing in his 12th career NFL game.
Tampa Bay's recent history against young quarterbacks is still surprisingly bad. Over the last seven years, when facing a QB playing in his first 16 career games, the Bucs are just 1-14, with seven straight losses.
That lone win came in 2013 against the Bills and then-rookie EJ Manuel, who threw four interceptions in a 27-6 loss to the Bucs. In the other 14 games combined, those young quarterbacks have combined for just four interceptions, while throwing 21 touchdown passes against Tampa Bay.
Those 14 losses came against these quarterbacks: Dak Prescott, Paxton Lynch (2016), Case Keenum, Ryan Mallett and Marcus Mariota (2015), Teddy Bridgewater and Austin Davis (2014), EJ Manuel, Nick Foles and Geno Smith (2013), Foles and Robert Griffin (2012) and Cam Newton (twice) and Blaine Gabbert (2011).
In most cases, NFL teams struggle with young quarterbacks — over the last calendar year, in the last 100 games where a team has a quarterback still playing in his first 16 career games, those teams are just 29-71 overall.