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Stat Shots: Bucs-Eagles

Posted Oct 14, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's game against Philadelphia and the season to date, including Lavonte David's torrid sack pace and Vincent Jackson's rapidly rising numbers

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • WR Vincent Jackson is racking up receiving yardage at a faster pace than any player in team history
  • LB Lavonte David's fourth sack of the season has him on pace for one of the best pass-rush seasons by a linebacker in team annals
  • For the fifth straight game, the Buccaneers finished with an exactly even turnover ratio, the longest such streak ever for the team
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-20, at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, a contest that included a promising performance by rookie QB Mike Glennon.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:

  • Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy finished Sunday's game with 116 rushing yards, making him the first player to record a 100-yard ground game against the Buccaneers since November 4 of last year.  Tampa Bay's defense, which finished the 2012 campaign ranked first against the run, has allowed just three individual 100-yard rushers since the start of last season.
  • In his second NFL start, rookie QB Mike Glennon completed 26 of 43 passes for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.  Glennon's  yardage total was the sixth highest ever for a Buccaneer rookie quarterback.  It was also just the fourth game by a rookie QB in team history that included at least 250 yards and two touchdown throws.  The other three were posted by Vinny Testaverde (vs. New Orleans, Dec. 6, 1987), Shaun King (vs. Detroit, Dec. 12, 1999) and Josh Freeman (vs. Atlanta, Nov. 29, 2009).
  • Glennon threw exactly 43 passes for the second straight outing.  His 86 pass attempts are the second most any player has ever thrown during his first two NFL games.  The Raiders' Todd Marinovich threw 99 passes in his first two games, which happened to be spread out over two seasons  (Dec. 22, 1991 and Sept. 20, 1992).
  • WR Vincent Jackson caught nine passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles, marking his seventh 100-yard game as a Buccaneer and the 21st of his NFL career.  It was also the second multi-touchdown game of his Tampa Bay tenure and his seventh overall.  Jackson, who signed with the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in March of 2012, has recorded 1,790 yards in his first 21 games with the team.  If he gets just 10 more yards in Atlanta next Sunday, he will have reached 1,800 yards in 22 games, by far the fastest in team history.  Here are the five receivers who reached 1,800 yards as a Buccaneer in the fewest games:

Player

Games

Seasons

1. Keyshawn Johnson

27

2000-01

2t. Joey Galloway

28

2004-06

2t. Antonio Bryant

28

2008-09

4. Keenan McCardell

29

2002-03

5. Bruce Hill

30

1987-89

 

    • Rookie TE Tim Wright caught seven passes for 91 yards on Sunday, his top totals so far this season.  Those were the most yards by a Buccaneer tight end in a single game since Kellen Winslow had 132 at Green Bay on Nov. 20, 2011.  Moreover, that's the second-highest single-game receiving yardage total by a Buccaneer rookie tight end in team history.  If one chooses to discount the three games played by replacement players during the 1987 players' strike, Wright's total would be a single-game Buc record for rookies.  Replacement player Steve Holloway, a tight end, put up 107 yards against Minnesota on Oct. 18, 1987.
-- LB Lavonte David registered his fourth sack of the season on Sunday
  • LB Lavonte David recorded the Buccaneers' sole sack of Eagles QB Nick Foles on Sunday.  In just five games this season, the second-year linebacker has already recorded 4.0 sacks.  He is the first Tampa Bay linebacker to reach four sacks in an entire season since Geno Hayes had the same total in 2010.  If David gets just one more sack this year, he will be the first Buccaneer linebacker to finish with 5.0 or more since Lonnie Marts recorded 7.0 sacks in 1996, 17 seasons ago.  David is on pace for 12.8 sacks; if he were to reach 13, he would equal the fifth-highest single-season total in franchise history, a 13.0-sack campaign by DE Marcus Jones in 2000.  The top sack total ever posted by a Buccaneer linebacker was 11.0 by Broderick Thomas in 1991.  David actually needs only four more sacks in the next 11 games to rank just behind Thomas among the best linebacker sack artists in team  history.  Here are the top five sack seasons by a Buccaneer LB:

Player

Sacks

Season

1. Broderick Thomas

11.0

1991

2. Broderick Thomas

7.5

1990

3. Lonnie Marts

7.0

1996

4. Chris Washington

6.5

1987

5. Kevin Murphy

6.0

1989

 

  • Here's a note we've been tracking that still isn't particularly useful but just keeps getting more strange: The Buccaneers have finished each game this season with an exactly even turnover ratio.  The fifth such occurrence happened on Sunday when both the Bucs and the Eagles committed one turnover.  That's five straight games without an advantage or disadvantage in the turnover department, and that's unusual, at least in Buccaneer annals. Before the 2013 season, the team had never even gone three straight games with an even TO ratio.  As it turns out, that streak is less strange when compared to the NFL as a whole.  Just last year, the Atlanta Falcons had an even turnover ratio in six straight games.
Game Rewind: Tampa Bay Buccaneers