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Stat Shots: Bucs-Cardinals

Posted Sep 30, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's game against Arizona and the season to date, including Mike Williams' assault on the Bucs' record book and a couple unusual streaks

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Bucs have 13 sacks and six picks through the first quarter of the season for the first time since 2002
  • Workhorse RB Doug Martin is the first Buc back to carry the ball at least 20 times for four straight games since 2000
  • Tampa Bay's unusual streak of finishing each game with an even turnover ratio continues for a fourth week
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Arizona Cardinals, 13-10, at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, a contest that included two more interceptions by the Bucs' secondary and several Tampa Bay players hitting impressive milestones.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:
  • DT Gerald McCoy recorded his second sack of the season while CBs Johnthan Banks and Darrelle Revis each tallied their first interceptions as a Buccaneer.  As a team, that gives Tampa Bay 13 sacks and six interceptions through the first quarter of the season, a pace that would lead to 52 sacks and 24 interceptions by year's end.  The last time the Buccaneers' defense had at least 52 sacks in a season was 2002, when it set a team record with 55.  The last time the Buccaneers' defense had at least 24 interceptions in a season was 2002, when it came one shy of the team record with 31.  The 2013 season also marks the first time since that 2002 Super Bowl campaign that Tampa Bay's defense has put up at least 13 sacks and at least six interceptions through the first four games.
  • As a team, the Bucs continue to rank among the NFL's top 10 in sacks, even though McCoy's takedown of Arizona QB Carson Palmer on the game's first play proved to be the team's last sack of the day.  Here are the top 11 (thanks to a tie for seventh), with New Orleans and Miami still due to play on Monday night.

Team

Sacks

1. Kansas City

18.0

2. Washington

15.0

3t. Cleveland

14.0

3t. Dallas

14.0

3t. N.Y. Jets

14.0

3t. Tennessee

14.0

7t. Tampa Bay

13.0

7t. Baltimore

13.0

7t. Buffalo

13.0

7t. Houston

13.0

7t. Indianapolis

13.0

 

    • WR Mike Williams continued his climb up the Buccaneers' all-time touchdown charts on Sunday with his eight-yard scoring grab in the first quarter.  That marked the 25th time Williams has scored in just three-and-one-third NFL seasons, and it pushed him out of a tie with former TE Dave Moore and into sole possession of fifth place in team history.  Only TE Jimmie Giles (34), WR Kevin House (31), WR Joey Galloway (28) and WR Mark Carrier (27) had more.  Also Williams is now tied with former RB Errict Rhett for eighth in team history in overall touchdowns.  In addition to those players listed above, Williams also still trails FB Mike Alstott (71), RB James Wilder (46) and RB Warrick Dunn (28).  Williams got to his 25th receiving touchdown in the second-fewest number of games in team history, as Sunday's game against Arizona was his 52nd as a Buc.  Galloway scored his 25th receiving TD for the Buccaneers in his 48th game with the team.
    • Second-year RB Doug Martin has been a workhorse for the Buccaneers this season, pounding away when there were big holes in the defense to hit (29-144 against New Orleans in Week Two) and when there weren't (27-45 against Arizona on Sunday).  The Buccaneers have given the ball to Martin at least 20 times in each of the first four games, the longest such streak of his career so far.  In fact, the last Buccaneer running back to log at least 20 carries in four straight games was Warrick Dunn, who had a four-game stretch from Nov. 26 to Dec. in 2000.  The last Buccaneer back to do so in five straight games, should Martin pick up his streak after the team's Week Five bye, was Errict Rhett, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 22, 1995.  Martin is on pace to carry the ball 400 times in 2013, which would threaten James Wilder's team-record 407 carries in 1984.
- RB Doug Martin is on pace for 400 carries in 2013
  • Mike Glennon became the 10th rookie in Buccaneer history to make his first start at quarterback on Sunday.  His 24 completions (in 43 attempts) mark the most any Tampa Bay rookie passer has thrown in his debut game.
  • Arizona's only touchdown in Sunday's game came on a 13-yard reception by WR Larry Fitzgerald.  The Buccaneers have allowed a total of five touchdowns this season, all through the air.  Tampa Bay and Dallas are the only two teams in the NFL that have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season.  The last time the Buccaneers went farther into a before allowing their first TD on the ground was in 2008, when the defense started the season with eight straight games without surrendering one.  That team allowed just eight rushing scores on the season, tied for the second-lowest total in franchise history.
  • The Buccaneers went into the fourth quarter with a 10-0 lead on Sunday, marking the first time the team has pitched a shutout through the first three periods since doing the same to San Francisco on November 21, 2010.  That game ended in a 21-0 victory for the Buccaneers.  The last time the Buccaneers shut out an opponent for three quarters and then lost was 29 years ago, when a 12-0 lead going into the fourth at Pittsburgh turned into a 17-12 defeat.
  • Sunday's loss to the Cardinals marked the third time this season that the Buccaneers have lost a game on an opponent's field goal in the last two minutes of regulation.  Over the last two seasons, Tampa Bay is 0-6 in games decided by three points or fewer, a surprising turn of bad fortune.  From 1996-2011, the Bucs were 35-29 in such outings.
  • Buccaneers K Rian Lindell played in his 200th NFL game on Sunday, making his only field goal attempt from 50 yards and adding an extra point.  In addition, Bucs T Donald Penn played in his 100th NFL game, and his 100th consecutive game.  He has not missed a game since making his NFL debut in the 2007 season opener and has started 96 straight since the fifth game of that season.
Tampa Bay forced three turnovers by the Cardinals on Sunday, and committed three giveaways of their own on offense.  Tampa Bay and Cleveland are the only two teams in the NFL that have a turnover ratio of 0 after four games, but that is not particularly unusual.  What is strange in the Buccaneers' case is that they have specifically had an equal turnover ratio in all four of their games.  In Week Three, the Bucs finished a third consecutive game with an equal TO ratio for the first time in the team's four decades of play.  On Sunday, that unusual streak stretched to four games against Arizona.

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