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Stat Shots: Bucs-Dolphins

Posted Nov 12, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's Monday night win over Miami, including historically good run-defense numbers for the Buccaneers and yet another accomplishment for LB Lavonte David

  • Tampa Bay allowed just 0.1 yards per carry on Monday night, one of the seven best marks in the NFL since the 1970 merger
  • LB Lavonte David joins Ronde Barber as the only two Bucs ever to have a sack, an INT and a safety in the same season
  • The Buccaneers' 37 carries on offense were associated with victory, as they were 85% of the time over the previous 15 seasons
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Miami Dolphins, 22-19, at Raymond James Stadium on Monday night, a contest that included Donald Penn's second career TD catch and a Buccaneers' defense that stifled the big play better than they have in almost six years.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Monday's game:
  • The Buccaneers improved their all-time record on Monday Night Football to 10-9, stretching their winning streak on that long-lived series to two games.  Tampa Bay also defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 24-17, on Monday Night Football on October 3, 2011.  The Buccaneers are now 2-0 against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, having recorded their first-ever nationally-televised prime-time win in the regular season against Miami on November 29, 1982.  The Bucs' MNF record improves to 11-9 if one chooses to include a Saturday night win over Baltimore in 2001 that was technically considered part of the Monday Night Football schedule.
  • As mentioned on Monday night, the Buccaneers set a franchise record against the Dolphins by allowing just two rushing yards in the entire game.  Those yards came on 14 Miami carries, producing an average of 0.1 yards per rush that is also a new team standard.  The Buccaneers allowed zero rushing yards in the first half and two in the second half, two of the top six rushing defense halves in team history.  The zero yards in the first half ranked fourth and the two in the second half tied for fifth.  The Bucs allowed the 12th-lowest single-game rushing total in NFL history and the lowest since Washington held Dallas to one yard on December 30, 2007.  The Bucs have now recorded two of their three best rush-defense outings in the past 14 months. Here are the 10 best totals in franchise annals:



Final Score



W, 22-19



W, 16-10



W, 26-21



W, 29-10



W, 31-10



L, 27-20



L, 31-23



W, 42-32



W, 17-10



W, 20-10


  • Sunday's game marks just the seventh time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that a team has held an opponent to an average of 0.1 yards per carry or worse.  The most recent such occurrence before Monday night was in the aforementioned 2007 Washington-Dallas game, when the Cowboys were limited to 0.1 yards per run.
-- For the first time in six years, Tampa Bay's defense didn't allow a single run of 10 or more yards or a single completion of 20 or more yards
  • T Donald Penn started the game's scoring with a one-yard touchdown catch that capped a 76-yard drive in the first quarter.  It was Penn’s second career receiving touchdown and the first touchdown catch by a Bucs offensive lineman since his own scoring grab against San Francisco on November 21, 2010). Penn tied DT Warren Sapp for the most offensive touchdowns by a non-skill position player in team history (2).
  • The Buccaneers finished the game with 140 rushing yards. Coupled with their 208 rushing yards in Week Nine at Seattle, the team has recorded 140 or more rushing yards in consecutive games for the first time since last season (at Minnesota, Oct. 25, and at Oakland, Nov. 14).
  • K Rian Lindell connected on both of his field goal attempts in Monday's game, hitting from 24 and 35 yards.  He has been good on 12 consecutive field goal tries; the team record is 25, set by Connor Barth during a streak spanning the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but Lindell is approaching the second-longest such streak in team history.  Michael Husted made 16 in a row across the 1995 and 1996 seasons and Martin Gramatica had an identical streak in 2000.
  • QB Mike Glennon saw his streak of 158 consecutive passes without an interception snapped in the third quarter of Monday's game by  Josh Wilson pick. That marks the longest streak by a rookie in Buccaneers history, and the longest streak by any rookie in the NFL since Nick Foles had a streak of 168 passes last season.  Bruce Gradkowski held the previous Buccaneer mark at 151 in 2006.
  • LB Lavonte David tackled Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter of Monday's game. That marked David's first career safety, and the first for the Buccaneers since CB Ronde Barber tackled Chicago RB Matt Forte in the end zone on October 23, 2011.  David and Barber (2011) are the only players in team history to have a safety, a sack and an interception in the same season.
  • WR Eric Page returned a punt 55 yards in the second quarter of Monday's game, the longest punt return by a Buccaneer since Michael Spurlock’s 72-yard return on December 27, 2009.
  • The Buccaneers' offense earned two first-and-goal situations on Monday night and converted both of them into touchdowns.  Tampa Bay has now scored touchdowns on each of its last four first-and-goal opportunities, dating back to the Week Eight Carolina game.  Overall this season, Tampa Bay has scored touchdowns on 72.7% of its first-and-goal situations and averaged 5.91 points per possession when reaching a first-and-goal.
  • Miami's longest run on Monday night was a four-yard gain by RB Lamar Miller.  It's longest completion were 19-yard catches by WR Rishard Matthews and WR Brian Hartline.  That means the Bucs' defense held the Dolphins without a single gain that is commonly referred to as a "big play," i.e. a run of 10 or more yards or a pass of 20 or more yards.  That's the first time in six years the Bucs have done that.  The last time a Tampa Bay defense held an opponent without a "big play" for an entire game was at Houston on December 9, 2007.
  • The Buccaneers' offense ran the ball 37 times against Miami on Monday, marking the fourth time this season that they have recorded more than 30 carries in a game.  Though it's not necessarily a causal relationship, rush-attempt totals of 31 or more have usually been associated with victory for the Buccaneers, at least in the last decade and a half.  From 1998 through 2012, the Buccaneers played 77 games in which they ran the ball at least 31 times, and had a remarkable 66-11 record in those outings (an 85.7% win rate).  Strangely, however, the Buccaneers are only 1-3 in such games in 2013.