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Stat Shots: Bucs-Patriots

Posted Sep 23, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's game against New England and the season to date, including some more impressive work by Lavonte David and Mark Barron

  • Lavonte David is on a run of getting to the quarterback that few Buc linebackers have ever duplicated
  • Doug Martin is on pace to top his 2012 numbers and Mike Williams is now in the team's all-time receiving Top Ten
  • The Bucs' red zone defense continues to be among the league's stingiest in giving up touchdowns

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the New England Patriots, 23-3, at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, a contest that included another sack for streaking linebacker Lavonte David as well as a rare shutdown of Tom Brady's downfield game.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:

  • Last season, Tampa Bay's defense didn't record its 12th sack of the season until it's eighth game, at Oakland.  A Da'Quan Bowers takedown of Carson Palmer in the second quarter made it a dozen for the 2012 defense, hitting that mark in the 30th quarter of play.  On Sunday in New England, the Buccaneers got their 12th sack of the 2013 campaign in the third quarter, with rookie DT Akeem Spence doing the honors.  That was just the 11th quarter of play for the 2013 defense.  Through three games, Tampa Bay's defense is on pace to record 64 sacks, which would shatter the team record of 55 set in 2000.


  • The Buccaneers have reached that 12-sack total through three games by getting five in Week One against the New York Jets, four the next weekend against New Orleans and three on Sunday in New England.  That marks the first time since September of 2008 that the team has posted three straight games with at least three sacks.


  • The Buccaneers are tied for third in the NFL with their 12 sacks.  Here are the top five teams:





Kansas City Chiefs



Dallas Cowboys



Tampa Bay Buccaneers



New York Jets



Cleveland Browns



  • David remains the team's sack leader with 3.0 QB takedowns, adding a shared sack with S Mark Barron on Sunday against the Patriots.  Dating back to the 2012 season finale, in which David had a 14-yard sack of Matt Ryan in an upset victory over the division-winning Atlanta Falcons, David has now made a mark in that stat category in four straight regular-season games.  That marks just the third time in the Buccaneers' 38-season history that a linebacker has recorded at least 0.5 sacks in four straight games.  Kevin Murphy did so in four straight from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8, 1989, and Chris Washington had a five-game streak from Nov. 1-29, 1987.


    • Speaking of Mark Barron, he's filling up his stat line in much the same way that David is.  The second-year safety and former seventh-overall pick is emerging as a play-making star who can invade the backfield and create turnovers in the secondary.  Barron leads the Buccaneers with 28 tackles, having added another 11 on Sunday in New England to go with his half-sack and his end-zone interception.  That makes Barron one of only four players in the NFL who, through three weeks of play, already have at least 25 tackles plus at least one sack and at least one interception.  The kicker: He's the only safety on the list.  The other three are linebackers: Jacksonville's Paul Posluszny, Buffalo's Kiko Alonso and Baltimore's Daryl Smith.
    • Also, Barron has now joined linebackers Lavonte David, Mason Foster and Dekoda Watson in recording at least one sack and at least one interception already.  That makes the Buccaneers the first team since the 1989 Redskins to have four different defenders with a sack and an interception through the first three games of the season.


- Mark Barron is the only NFL safety with 25 tackles, a sack and an INT


  • It has taken WR Mike Williams just under three-and-one-quarter seasons to crack the Buccaneers'' all-time top 10 in receiving  yardage.  On Sunday, he led the team with 65 receiving yards on five catches, which pushed his career mark to 2,857. That bumped Williams up to 10th in team annals, bumping Lawrence Dawsey off the last.  Williams could jump as high as eighth place in next week's game against Arizona (it would take him 80 yards to move into ninth and 86 to take over eighth), and the top five is even within his reach this year if he can crack the 1,000-yard plateau.  Here are the top 10 players in franchise history in receiving yards:





1. Mark Carrier



2. Kevin House



3. Jimmie Giles



4. Joey Galloway



5. Keyshawn Johnson



6. James Wilder



7. Gerald Carter



8. Bruce Hill



9. Michael Clayton



10. Mike Williams




  • QB Josh Freeman also moved up the team's career passing charts on Sunday, taking over the all-time lead in completions.  His 19 completions in 41 attempts against the Patriots gave him 1,144 in his five-year career, surpassing the record previously held by Vinny Testaverde (1,126 from 1987-92).


  • RB Doug Martin remains the NFL's second-leading rusher through three weeks (prior to Monday night's game between Oakland Denver.  Martin has 297 rushing yards, trailing only Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy (395).  Martin is well ahead of the pace he set early last season that led to a Buccaneer rookie-record 1,454 rushing yards.  Martin is averaging 99 yards per game and is on pace for 1,584 yards through 16 games.


  • Tampa Bay's defense remains first in the NFC in red zone efficiency, allowing a touchdown on only 27.3% (three of 11) of opponents' incursions inside their 20.  On Sunday, the Patriots took five possessions into the Buccaneers' red zone and came away with two touchdowns and one field goal.  S Mark Barron's third-quarter interception of Tom Brady marked the first time Brady had been picked off on in the end zone since Week 14 of 2011.


  • Tom Brady's 20-yard pass to WR Kenbrell Thompkins in the third quarter was the longest completion the Buccaneers' defense allowed on Sunday.  That marked the first time since Dec. 20, 2009, in a game against Buffalo, that an opposing team has held Brady without a completion of more than 20 yards.  That's only the eighth time in Brady's 180 career starts that he's had a long completion of fewer than 21 yards, and just the second time since 2006.

  • Finally, you can probably file this more under "statistical anomaly" than anything particularly useful, but it's interesting nonetheless.  The Buccaneers and Patriots each committed one turnover in Sunday's game, marking the third time in three outings this year that the Bucs have had the same amount of turnovers as their opponent.  Surprisingly, that's the first time in team history that Tampa Bay has played three consecutive games with an equal turnover ratio.  The good news: The Bucs have scored touchdowns as a result of 60% of their takeaways, with a total of 21 points, while their opponents have scored TDs on just 20% of theirs, with a total of 10 points.