Brock Purdy and the 49ers are no strangers to blitzing, but the Buccaneers are going to take that to another level.
There are several challenges the San Francisco 49ers will face when they return home on Sunday in Week 11 and face the 4-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.
First, of course, is the always-present worry about it being a trap game. The Niners are always prone to playing down to the level of their competition, and after an uplifting and dominant road win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, a letdown game versus the Bucs is always a dangerous possibility.
There's more than just Tampa Bay playing the role of a monkey wrench in a top contender's playoff aspirations, though.
And, for those who know the kind of defense Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles likes to run, there'll be another element facing quarterback Brock Purdy and the rest of San Francisco's offense on Sunday.
Buccaneers will blitz Brock Purdy, 49ers a lot on Sunday
Two things are true when it comes to previewing Sunday's game between the 49ers and Buccaneers.
Bowles-led defenses tend to blitz a lot, and plenty of teams prefer blitzing young quarterbacks until they can regularly prove they can beat it.
Now, the Bucs aren't the most blitz-happy team going in the league right now. They're actually third with a blitz percentage of 37.9, and that trails the Minnesota Vikings (49.0 percent) and the New York Giants (42.3 percent), interestingly enough, two teams Purdy and the Niners have already played this season.
Recalling that Thursday night Giants game back in Week 3, Purdy saw an unusually high number of blitzes and came out on top in a big way, showcasing a veteran's poise against this tactic that's typically effective against less experienced quarterbacks.
Purdy struggled against the Vikings, though, who were able to pick him off twice toward the end of that game.
What makes Tampa Bay stand out? Well, Bowles' defense has 16 defensive takeaways, which is higher than both Minnesota (14) and New York (10).
The moral of the story? Purdy will be anticipating the blitz but needs to take care of the ball when the two teams square off on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4:05 p.m. ET.