This season, Buccaneers.com wants to help you see what the numbers are saying.
Welcome back to Data Crunch, our weekly foray into data visualization that will help tell the story of Tampa Bay Buccaneers football and the 2013 NFL season as a whole. Here, we will not only dive deep into the statistics generated each week by the Buccaneers but we'll present it to you in graphical form to better convey what the numbers are telling us. These interactive graphs allow the user to identify trends, gaining a better understanding of how wins and losses are generated and where the team and individual players are headed.
Our eighth data visualization exercise of the season is inspired by the unusual happenings in the Buccaneers' offensive backfield this season. Second-year running back
Along the way, all three backs posted a 100-yard game on the ground, something a trio of players had never before accomplished in franchise history. That prompted a look into the archives to see how common such a feat was across the NFL, and the result was the data visualization below. Seasons with three different 100-yard backs are not unheard of, but they are relatively rare. The Buccaneers are one of two teams to have done so this season, and one of only 45 since 1980. The charts below allow the user to advance through seasons with one, two and three 100-yard backs to see how the instances gradually become less common. The three-back occurrences peaked in 2004 when Denver, Kansas City, Oakland and Pittsburgh all pulled it off. Hover any entry on the chart to see the specific names of the players involved.
There has never been a team with four 100-yard rushers in the same season. With five games still to play, perhaps