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Stat Shots: Bucs-Bills

Posted Dec 9, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's win over Buffalo on Sunday, including a run on turnovers and sacks that the Bucs haven't seen in a long time



STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More Lavonte David numbers: He's the Bucs' first five-INT linebacker since the great Derrick Brooks
  • Seven different players had at least half a sack for the Bucs Sunday, only the second time that has happened in team history
  • TE Tim Wright tied the team's touchdown record for rookie tight ends
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Buffalo Bills, 27-6, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday, a contest that included Lavonte David's latest exploits and a record number of different players recording QB sacks.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:
  • We covered some of the new ground linebacker Lavonte David has been breaking in recent weeks on Sunday night after his latest big performance.  Some of that will be repeated below, but there are a lot of milestones to cover.  For instance, David's two interceptions against Buffalo gave him five on the year, which ties the franchise single-season record for a linebacker.  Here's the top five list:

Player

Year

Sacks

1t. Derrick Brooks

2002

5

1t. Lavonte David

2013

5

1t. Cecil Johnson

1981

5

4t. Derrick Brooks

1999

4

4t. Jamie Duncan

1977

4

4t. Richard Wood

1984

4

  • David is the first Buccaneer to record multiple interceptions in a single game since CB Aqib Talib in 2010 (two at Arizona, Oct 31, 2010) and the first Buccaneers linebacker to do so since Derrick Brooks (two vs. Chicago, Oct. 24, 1999). David is one of only six Buccaneers linebackers to ever record multiple interceptions in the same game.
  • David also had a sack of QB E.J. Manuel on Sunday, his sixth of the season.  At the same time he climbs up the Bucs' interception chart for linebackers, he is also doing the same on the sack chart at his position.  The top sack seasons by Buccaneer linebackers are listed below; note that Murphy, Washington and Thomas in his 1990 season were all outside linebackers in a 3-4 front.  David's 2013 total is thus the third best by a Buccaneer in a 4-3 defense, which typically presents fewer sack opportunities for linebackers than does the 3-4.

Player

Year

Sacks

1. Broderick Thomas

1991

11

2. Broderick Thomas

1990

7.5

3. Lonnie Marts

1996

7.0

4. Chris Washington

1987

6.5

5t. Lavonte David

2013

6.0

5t. Kevin Murphy

1989

6.0


  • When David secured his third interception of the season in Week 13 at Carolina, we noted that he was already the first five-sack, three-interception player in team history.  We also pointed out that he would need just two more picks to join a rather exclusive club in league-wide history.  Before David's big game against Buffalo, only six players in NFL history had ever had at least five sacks and at least five interceptions in the same season (Wilber Marshall did it twice).  Now there are seven.  Here's the updated list:

Player

Team

Season

Sacks

INTs

Dave Duerson

Bears

1986

7.0

6

Rodney Harrison

Chargers

2000

6.0

6

LeRoy Butler

Packers

1996

6.5

5

Lavonte David

Bucs

2013

6.0

5

Wilber Marshall

Redskins

1991

5.5

5

Wilber Marshall

Bears

1986

5.5

5

Shawn Springs

Redskins

2004

6.0

5

Brian Urlacher

Bears

2007

5.0

5


  • On the above list, you find four defensive backs (Duerson, Harrison, Butler and Springs) and three linebackers (David, Marshall and Urlacher).  Look a little closer and you'll see that David is the first linebacker in league history to have six sacks and five interceptions in the same season.
  • David also had an interception in Week 12 at Detroit, which means he has picked off a pass in three straight games.  He is the first Buccaneer to do that since CB Leonard Johnson last season (Oct. 25 at Minnesota; Nov. 4 at Oakland; Nov. 11 vs. San Diego). He is the first Tampa Bay linebacker to do so since – yes,  you guessed it – Derrick Brooks in 2002 (Sept. 8 vs. New Orleans; Sept. 15 at Baltimore; Sept. 23 vs. St. Louis).
  • LB Mason Foster also picked off his third pass of the season in Sunday's win over Buffalo.  That makes Foster and David the first pair of linebackers in Buccaneer history to each record at least three interceptions in the same season.
  • CB Johnthan Banks got in on the pick party, too, recording his third interception of the season.  That gave the Bucs a total of four INTs against Buffalo, the same amount they recorded two weeks earlier in Detroit.  The current Buccaneer squad is the first one to get at least four interceptions in two different games in the same season since the 2002 Super Bowl squad.  That team got four at Atlanta on Oct. 6 and another four vs. Green Bay on Nov. 24.  The Bucs also recovered a fumble in both the Detroit and Buffalo games, giving them a total of five takeaways in each contest.  As such, the 2013 team is the first Bucs' squad to have multiple games with five or more takeaways in the same season since 1990 (five at Detroit, Sept. 9; six vs. Green Bay, Oct. 14).
  • Not surprisingly, the Buccaneers remained at the top of the NFL's interception list with their performance on Sunday, pushing their season total to 21.  Their opponent, Buffalo, got two picks to raise their total to 18, currently second in the league.  The last time Tampa Bay led the NFL in interceptions was 2002, when it picked off 31 passes to finish six ahead of second-place Baltimore.
-- Rookie DE W. Gholston had 1.5 of the Bucs' seven sacks on Sunday
  • David's sack was one of seven recorded by the Buccaneers against Buffalo.  That's their highest-single-game total in almost a decade.  The Bucs last had seven sacks in a game in 2004, when they did so against New Orleans on Dec. 19.  Defensive ends Simeon Rice and Greg Spires combined for five of those seven sacks against the Saints, as just four players were involved in reaching that game total.  In Sunday's win over the Bills, seven different players had at least half a sack (William Gholston had 1.5 and Da'Quan Bowers had 0.5, while David, S Mark Barron, DT Derek Landri, DT Gerald McCoy and CB Darrelle Revis each had 1.0).  That's only the second time at least seven players have shared in the team's sack total in a single game in Buc history.  On Sept. 9, 1979, Tampa Bay set a still-standing franchise record with 10 sacks against Baltimore.  The seven players who got into the act were DT Randy Crowder (2.0), LB David Lewis (2.0), DE Lee Roy Selmon (2.0), DE Wally Chambers (1.0), CB Curtis Jordan (1.0) DE Bill Kollar and S Mike Washington (1.0).
  • Put the sacks and the takeaways together, and you get the type of team performance the league hasn't seen in half-a-dozen seasons.  Altogether, the Bucs on Sunday were the first team since 2007 to record seven sacks and five takeaways in the same game.  Seattle did the same thing against St. Louis on Oct. 21, 2007.  Seattle's takeaways in that game included three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.  The Bucs had four picks and were just the second team since 2002 to finish a game with seven or more sacks and four or more interceptions, joining Green Bay, which did it on Sept. 13, 2012 against Chicago.
  • The Buccaneers' offense did turn the ball over twice in the win over Buffalo, but the team still improved its turnover ratio on the season to +13.  Tampa Bay is now second in the entire NFL in that category, trailing only the +15 Kansas City Chiefs.  If the Buccaneers can maintain that turnover differential, or something close to it, for three more games, they will finish at +10 or better for just the sixth time in team annals.  The other five instances all occurred in playoff seasons for the Buccaneers.  Below are the six best season turnover differentials in franchise history:

Season

Turnover Ratio

W-L Record

1981

+18

9-7

2000

+17

10-6

2001

+17

9-7

2002

+17

12-4

2007

+15

9-7

2013 *

+13

4-9


* Through 13 games


  • With his 38-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, WR Vincent Jackson eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season for the third consecutive season (two with Tampa Bay) and the fifth time in his career. Jackson is the first Buccaneers receiver to post back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards since WR Joey Galloway (three consecutive seasons, 2005-07). Jackson finished today’s game with three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.
  • Jackson's 70 yards on three catches were good for 23.3 yards per reception, further raising his 2013 season average to 16.1.  That comes on the heels of his league-leading 19.2-yard average in 2012 in his first season as a Buccaneer.  If maintained, Jackson's per-catch average in 2013 would mark just the 13th time in team history that a player has averaged 15.0 yards or more while catching at least 50 passes.  Jackson would join Joey Galloway and Mark Carrier as the only players in team history to accomplish that feat more than once; Galloway holds the team record with three such seasons (2005-07).  Carrier had two such seasons, in 1988 and 1989.  Jackson and Galloway are the only two players in team history to average 15.0 yards or better in two different seasons with at least 60 catches.  Assuming Jackson gets at least six more receptions in 2013 – and if he maintains his current average – he will be the first player in team history to record two different seasons of at least 70 catches and an average of 15.0 yards per reception or better.
  • After failing to convert a first-and-goal opportunity into a touchdown for the first time in six games in Carolina in Week 13, the Buccaneers' offense got back on track against Buffalo.  Tampa Bay had just one goal-to-go situation on Sunday but turned it into seven points on Tim Wright's five-yard touchdown catch.  In their last 17 such situations in 2013, the Buccaneers have finished with 13 touchdowns and three field goals, including a streak of eight straight touchdowns from Weeks 8-12.
  • Wright's touchdown was his third of the season.  He ties Calvin Magee and Jim Obradovich for the most TD receptions as a rookie tight end in team history.
  • K Rian Lindell's 53-yard field goal in the second quarter of Sunday's game tied for the 13th-longest in franchise history…again.  Lindell had already joined that group a week earlier with a 53-yarder in Carolina.  Lindell, who is now 3-5 this year on attempts from 50 yards out or farther, is the first kicker in team history to make field goals of 53 or more yards in two consecutive games.
  • RB Bobby Rainey ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the second play of Sunday's game, the longest run in franchise history.  That helped him average 5.8 yards per tote on the day, even when running into the teeth of a Buffalo defense that new it was coming as the Bucs protected a big lead in the second half.  Rainey's per-carry average stands as the 10th-best single-game mark in team history among all outings with at least 20 carries.  The record belongs to Rainey's injured teammate, Doug Martin, who ran 25 times for 251 yards at Oakland last Oct. 4 for an average of 10.0 per tote.
  • Rainey is the third different Buccaneer to score on a play of 80 or more yards this season.  WR Tiquan Underwood caught an 85-yard touchdown pass in Detroit on Nov. 25 and LB Mason Foster rambled 85 yards with an interception to score against New Orleans on Sept. 15.  The 2013 squad is the first Buccaneer team to have two offensive scoring plays of 80 or more yards in the same season and three scoring plays of any kind of 80 or more yards in the same season since 1981.  The '81 team scored on two passes of 81 yards and interceptions of 82 and 81 yards.  The 2013 team is the first Buccaneer squad to score on three different kinds of 80-yard plays in the same season – pass, run and interception.
  • Tampa Bay's defense allowed Buffalo's offense to convert on just one of 11 third-down tries Sunday, a third-and-one try in the third quarter.  That marks the third time this season that the Buccaneers have held an opponent to a single third-down conversion – Arizona was good on just one of 10 tries in Week Four and Atlanta on one of seven attempts in Week 11.  In those three games combined, Tampa Bay's opponents were 0-23 on third-down tries of more than three yards.
  • Buffalo's third-down conversion rate of 9.1% was the lowest the Buccaneers have allowed to an opponent in 2013 and the lowest by any Buccaneer foe since Carolina was held to no conversions in six attempts on Dec. 24, 2011.  Even 14 weeks into the campaign, Tampa Bay's defense set a number of season bests on Sunday.  Buffalo's offensive output was also the lowest by a Buc opponent in 2013 in terms of first downs (14), average yards per play (3.5), net passing yards (147), completions (18), completion percentage (54.5%) and average yards per pass play (3.7).  Buffalo also committed the most penalties (11) for the most yards (114) by any Buccaneer opponent in 2013.
  • And finally an occurrence that is more of an oddity than a note of any use: The Buccaneers beat the Bills, 27-6, on Sunday, one week after losing at Carolina by the exact same score (but reversed).  Not only are the Buccaneers the first team ever to be involved in two consecutive 27-6 games, they're actually the first team ever to have two games end in that score in the same season.

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