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Stat Shots: Bucs-Falcons

Posted Nov 18, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's win over Atlanta on Sunday, including the best rookie passing game in team history and a milestone for DT Gerald McCoy

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • QB Mike Glennon put up one of the six-best passer rating games for a rookie in the NFL since 1970
  • Mason Foster is the first Bucs linebacker with two pick-sixes in a single season since Derrick Brooks in 2002
  • Vincent Jackson cracked 100 yards for the ninth time in 19 games as a Buc, and this time his team won
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 41-28, at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, a contest that included Mike Glennon's record-setting passer rating of 137.5 and the first three-sack game by a Buccaneers' defensive tackle in 13 years.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:

  • Mike Glennon continued to rewrite the section of the Buccaneers' record book dedicated to rookie passers.  On Sunday, for instance, he broke the team's single-game mark for passer rating by a rookie with a stellar 137.5 mark, surpassing the previous standard set two long weeks ago by…Mike Glennon.  Yes, in the past two weeks Glennon has recorded the two best single-game passer ratings by a rookie in the Bucs' 38-year history.  Here are the top five games on that list:

Quarterback

Opp-Date

Rating

1. Mike Glennon

ATL-11/17/13

137.5

2. Mike Glennon

SEA-11/3/13

123.1

3. Josh Freeman

ATL-11/30/09

118.5

4. Shaun King

CHI-1/2/00

109.4

5. Doug Williams

KC-10/8/78

108.2


  • Glennon's game on Sunday reached a rare height even when compared to the league as a whole.  In fact, since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, only four rookie quarterbacks have put up a passer rating in a single game.  That list shrinks to three if one does not include Los Angeles Rams QB Dieter Brock, who played one NFL season in 1985 after 11 years in the Canadian Football League.  Brock has two games on the list:

Quarterback (Team)

Opp-Date

Rating

1. Dieter Brock (RAM)

ATL-9/29/85

148.8

2. Geno Smith (NYJ)

ATL-10/7/13

147.7

3. Dieter Brock (RAM)

STL-12/15/85

140.8

4. Robert Griffin III (WAS)

NO-9/9/12

139.9

5. Matt Ryan (ATL)

OAK-11/2/08

138.4

6. Mike Glennon (TB)

ATL-11/17/13

137.5


  • The passer rating formula takes into account yards per pass attempt, completion percentage, touchdowns per pass attempt and interceptions per pass attempt.  Glennon was particularly strong in that second category, throwing only three incompletions all day.  His 20-of-23 passing returned a completion percentage of 87.0, which is the highest single-game mark by any quarterback in the NFL this season.  Here are the top five:

Player (Team)

Opp-Date

Att

Cmp

Pct.

1. Mike Glennon (TB)

ATL-11/17/13

23

20

87.0

2. Peyton Manning (DEN)

OAK-9/23/13

37

32

86.5

3. Philip Rivers (SD)

JAX-10/20/13

26

22

84.6

4. Philip Rivers (SD)

TEN-9/22/13

24

20

83.3

5. Philip Rivers (SD)

DAL-9/29/13

42

35

83.3


  • One more Glennon chart?  Sure!  That completion percentage is the second best in a single game in Buccaneers history, by all players, not just rookies:

Player

Opp-Date

Att

Cmp

Pct.

1. Vinny Testaverde

GB-9/13/92

25

22

88.0

2. Mike Glennon

ATL-11/17/13

23

20

87.0

3. Steve DeBerg

DET-10/14/84

29

25

86.2

4. Jeff Garcia

DET-10/21/07

45

37

82.2

5. Vinny Testaverde

GB-9/10/89

27

22

81.5


  • Glennon's fourth two-touchdown game in seven starts pushed his season total to 11, the most ever by a Buccaneer rookie quarterback.  Josh Freeman held the previous record of 10, set in 2009, and Bruce Gradkowski had nine in 2006.
  • Handing off worked quite well for Glennon on Sunday, too, as rookie RB Bobby Rainey made the most of his first featured performance in the NFL.  Rainey ran 30 times for 163 yards, which ranks as the ninth-highest single-game total in Buccaneer history.  It was just barely better than the previous high for this season, however, as it bumped Mike James' 158-yard outing against Seattle in Week Nine to 10th on the list (and tied with a Cadillac Williams' 158-yard effort against Green Bay in 2005).  Remarkably, three of the top 11 games on that list have occurred in the Buccaneers' last 19 games.  Four of the top 11 have been posted since 2010.  That's four rushing games of at least 158 yards in four seasons by four different players for the Buccaneers.  Prior to that, the team had seen only one such game in the previous 15 seasons.  Here's the list:

Player

Opp-Date

Yards

1. RB Doug Martin

OAK-11/4/12

251

2. RB James Wilder

MIN-11/6/83

219

3. RB Warrick Dunn

DAL-12/3/00

210

4. RB Errict Rhett

WAS-12/4/94

216

5. RB James Wilder

GB-9/30/84

172

6. RB Ricky Bell

GB-10/21/79

167

7. RB James Wilder

CHI-9/8/85

166

8. RB LeGarrette Blount

SEA-12/26/10

164

9. RB Bobby Rainey

ATL-11/17/13

163

10t. RB Mike James

SEA-11/3/13

158

10t. RB Carnell Williams

GB-9/25/05

158


  • Because Doug Martin also had a 144-yard game against New Orleans in Week Two, the Bucs have now had three different running backs produce a 100-yard game in a single season.  That has never happened before in team history.  Rainey also individually accomplished a Buccaneer first: By scoring twice on the ground and once through the air he became the first player in team history to record two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the same game.
  • Combine Rainey's yards with his end zone visits and you come up with a feat that one rarely sees from a player so new to the NFL.  Rainey, who got into six games with Cleveland earlier this season, put up his 163 yards and six scores in just his 10th NFL appearance.  That makes him the first player to record at least 150 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in a single game in any one of his first 10 games to begin his career since a little-known guy named Edgerrin James did it on November 21, 1999.
  • In Week Nine, James' big game led the Bucs to 205 rushing yards, and last week James (before he suffered a season-ending knee injury), Rainey and Brian Leonard combined for 140 rushing yards versus the Dolphins.  With a team total of 186 yards on the ground on Sunday against Atlanta, the Buccaneers have now rushed for at least 140 yards in three straight outings for the first time since Sept. 11-25, 2005.  That was the remarkable three-game stretch to start Cadillac Williams' career, which ended up sending his shoes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • DT Gerald McCoy had all three of the Buccaneers' sacks against Atlanta QB Matt Ryan on Sunday, and he narrowly missed a fourth when Ryan escaped from his grasp in the third quarter.  That was a career high for McCoy and his first multi-sack game since he had two against Philadelphia last December 9.  He is the first Buccaneer to record a three-sack game since Jimmy Wilkerson on October 11, 2009.  Wilkerson was a defensive end; McCoy is the first Buccaneer defensive tackle to get three in one game since Hall of Famer Warren Sapp did it against Detroit on September 17, 2000.  McCoy, Sapp and Brad Culpepper are the only defensive tackles in Buccaneer history with three-sack games; Sapp and Culpepper each did it twice.
  • WR Vincent Jackson led all players with 10 receptions for 165 yards, adding his fifth touchdown of the season in the third quarter.  In two games against Atlanta this season, Jackson had 20 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns.  Jackson had never played against the Falcons before joining the Buccaneers in 2002, but in his four matchups with that NFC South foe since he has racked up a whopping 28 catches for 449 yards and three scores.  His 112.3 yards per game against Atlanta is his highest average against any team against Green Bay.  In two games versus the Packers, Jackson has averaged 119.5 yards and scored four touchdowns.
  • The best thing about Jackson's latest 100-yard game against Atlanta?  The Buccaneers won.  Jackson already has nine 100-yard receiving games in 19 appearances for Tampa Bay, but there was this confounding statistic attached to those games: The Buccaneers had lost the first eight times he cracked the century mark.
-- G. McCoy is one of only three defensive tackles in Buc history to have a three-sack game
  • LB Dekoda Watson set up Jackson's touchdown with an acrobatic, diving block of Matt Bosher's punt attempt in the third quarter.  That was the Bucs' first punt block of the season after they led the NFL in that category last year with three.  Watson is responsible for three of those four punt blocks over the past two seasons, as he individually leads the NFL in that particularly impactful play in that time span.
  • Atlanta converted just one of seven third-down tries on Sunday for a success rate of 14.3%.  That successful conversion was an eight-yard catch by TE Tony Gonzalez on third-and-three in the third quarter.  Over the last two games, Buccaneer opponents have converted only one of 14 third-down tries that needed more than three yards.
  • LB Mason Foster recorded his second interception of the season, and just as with the first one, he took it to the house.  Foster returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown against New Orleans in Week Two and on Sunday he scored on a 37-yard return after picking off Matt Ryan.  That makes Foster one of nine players in team history to have multiple interceptions returned for a touchdown in the same season, and the first Buccaneer since CB Aqib Talib in 2011.  Foster is the first linebacker to pull off the feat since Derrick Brooks had three pick-sixes during his 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year season. Foster's 122 interception return yards are already the second-most in a single season by a linebacker in team history (Brooks, 2002 - 218). Brooks, Foster and Hugh Green are the only three linebackers on the list.

Player

Season

INTs

TDs

CB Donnie Abraham

1999

7

2

CB Ronde Barber

2006

3

2

LB Derrick Brooks

2002

5

3

S Cedric Brown

1981

9

2

LB Mason Foster

2013

2

2

LB Hugh Green

1983

2

2

CB Wayne Haddix

1990

7

3

S Tanard Jackson

2009

5

2

CB Aqib Talib

2011

2

2

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