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Stat Shots: Bucs-Panthers

Posted Oct 25, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's game against Carolina and the season to date, including another rare performance by LB Lavonte David

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Carolina Panthers, 31-13, at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday night, a contest that included Lavonte David's fifth sack and some big numbers for rookie QB Mike Glennon.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Thursday's game:
  • LB Lavonte David continued to do the two things he does best: tackle ballcarriers and blitz the quarterback.  David led all players in Thursday night's game with 12 tackles, a season high for him, and also added his fifth sack of the season.  David is currently tied for ninth in the NFL with 59 tackles (and Thursday's game did not put him a week ahead of his competitors, as it was his seventh outing of the season and every player in the top 16 has also played seven games already).  Among all players with at least 40 tackles this season – a list 67 men deep – only David and Baltimore's Terrell Suggs (53 tackles, eight sacks) also have five sacks already.
-- LB Lavonte David is the first Buc LB with five sacks since 1996
  • David's stat line included 12 stops, one sack and one tackle for a loss on a running play.  A game with that combination of contributions is actually quite rare in the Buccaneers' 38 years of play.  In fact, it marks just the eighth time that a Tampa Bay defender has had at least a dozen tackles and at least 1.0 sack in the same game.  Of those eight games, only four of them also included a separate stop for a loss on a run play, also commonly known as a "stuff."  Here those eight games, presented in reverse chronological order:


Opp., Date




Lavonte David

CAR, 10/24/13




Geno Hayes

ATL, 1/3/10




Barrett Ruud

KC, 11/2/08




Shelton Quarles

ATL, 12/10/06




Shelton Quarles

ATL, 11/14/04




Derrick Brooks

BUF, 11/26/00




Hardy Nickerson

CAR, 10/18/98




Hardy Nickerson

MIN, 11/27/94




  • David is already the first Buccaneer linebacker to record five sacks in a single season since Lonnie Marts finished with 7.0 in 1996.  David is on pace to finish the season with 11 sacks, which would tie for the ninth-highest total in team annals and would be the best by a Buccaneer since Simeon Rice posted 14.0 in 2005.
  • WR Vincent Jackson led the Buccaneers with 79 receiving yards on Thursday night, pushing his total since he joined the Buccaneer in 2012 to 2,006 yards.  That made Jackson just the 20th player in team history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau in a Tampa Bay uniform, and he did it faster than any other player before him.  Here are the five fastest Buccaneers to 2,000 yards receiving, in terms of games played:




1. Vincent Jackson



2. Keyshawn Johnson



3. Joey Galloway



4t. Mark Carrier



4t. Bruce Hill



  • QB Mike Glennon, making just his fourth NFL start, set Buccaneer single-game records for a rookie by throwing 51 passes and completing 30 of them Thursday night.  The previous records were 48 attempts by Bruce Gradkowski against  the New York Giants on Oct. 29, 2006 and Glennon's own two 26-completion outings against Philadelphia and Atlanta over the past two weeks.
  • Glennon has thrown a touchdown pass in four consecutive games, becoming only the third rookie quarterback in team history to do so (Josh Freeman in 2009, Doug Williams in 1978). Glennon's 275 passing yards are a career high. He has not thrown an interception in 118 pass attempts, the longest streak by a Buccaneers rookie since Bruce Gradkowski ran up a string of 148 attempts without a pick in 2006.
  • CB Darrelle Revis batted away two passes intended for Panthers WR Steve Smith during Thursday's game.  That gives Revis 104 passes defensed since he entered the league in 2007, the most by any player in the NFL in that span, despite the fact that he missed most of the 2012 season due to injury.  The top five totals in that category over the last seven seasons:

1. CB Darrelle Revis (TB): 104
2. CB Asante Samuel (ATL):  101
3. CB DeAngelo Hall (WAS): 98
4. CB Leon Hall (CIN): 96
5. CB Tramon Williams (GB): 94

  • Rian Lindell has made nine consecutive field goal attempts for the Buccaneers, with an average distance of 39.1 yards on those nine kicks.  Lindell was good from 47 and 48 yards against the Panthers on Thursday night, and also had a successful 45-yard field goal taken off the board when Carolina was called for unnecessary roughness on the attempt, producing a new set of downs for the Buccaneers.  Lindell now has a career success rate of 81.4% over 14 NFL seasons, connecting on 293 of 360 attempts.
  • With RB Doug Martin sidelined by injury, 2013 sixth-round draft pick Mike James got the start at running back for the Buccaneers on Thursday.  He joined his 2013 classmate, Mike Glennon, in the starting offensive backfield.  Incredibly, that marked just the fifth time in team history, and just the second time since 1977, that the Buccaneers have started a game with a rookie at both quarterback and running back.  The Mike-and-Mike combo of Glennon and James are only the third rookie duo to start together in those positions in team history.  Here are the five games on the list:

Opponent, Date


Running Back

Philadelphia, 9/18/77

Randy Hedberg

Ricky Bell

Minnesota, 9/24/77

Randy Hedberg

Ricky Bell

Chicago, 12/4/77

Randy Hedberg

Ricky Bell

San Francisco, 11/6/94

Trent Dilfer

Errict Rhett

Carolina, 10/24/13

Mike Glennon

Mike James