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Stat Shots: Bucs-Panthers

Posted Dec 2, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's game at Carolina on Sunday, including an unmatched sack-interception combination for LB Lavonte David

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Carolina Panthers, 27-6, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday, a contest that included a record-breaking interception for Lavonte David and another milestone for rookie QB Mike Glennon.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:
  • The Buccaneers intercepted Carolina quarterback Cam Newton twice in Sunday's game, with safety Keith Tandy and linebacker Lavonte David doing the honors.  Tandy and David each had an interception in the Bucs' previous game at Detroit, as well, part of a four-pick effort against the Lions' Matthew Stafford.  David and Tandy are the first Buccaneers to have interceptions in consecutive games since Leonard Johnson had a three-game run last season at Minnesota (Oct. 25), at Oakland (Nov. 4) and vs. San Diego (Nov. 11).  They are the first pair of Buccaneer teammates to intercept a pass in the same two consecutive games since Tanard Jackson and Aqib Talib did so against New England (Oct. 25) and Green Bay (Nov. 8) in 2009.  Those two games were separated by a bye week.
  • David's interception was his third of the season, which brought him a new distinction in Buccaneers franchise history.  Those picks coupled with his pass-rushing success this season have made him the first Buccaneer ever to have at least five sacks and at least three interceptions in the same season.  If David could secure two more interceptions in the Buccaneers' last four games, he would join a very exclusive club.  Only six players in NFL history have ever had at least five sacks and at least five interceptions in the same season (Wilber Marshall did it twice).  Those seven five sack-five  INT seasons:






Dave Duerson





Rodney Harrison





LeRoy Butler





Wilber Marshall





Wilber Marshall





Shawn Springs





Brian Urlacher





  • The Buccaneers offense turned the ball over twice in the loss to Carolina, which means the team finished the day with an even turnover ratio.  As such, the Buccaneers and Panthers remained tied for fourth in the NFL with matching +10 turnover ratios on the season.  However, Carolina has coupled that stat with a 9-3 record while the Buccaneers are the opposite, at 3-9.  If the Buccaneers can maintain or improve their turnover differential in the final quarter of the season, 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:


Turnover Ratio

W-L Record
















2013 *



* Through 12 games
  • QB Mike Glennon hooked up with WR Vincent Jackson for a 60-yard completion early in the third quarter on Sunday.  That marked the fourth completion of 50 or more yards for Glennon in his nine starts.  Since Greg Schiano took over as the Buccaneers' head coach in 2013, the offense has produced 13 passing plays of 50 or more yards.  That's the highest number of such completions in any two-year period in franchise history.  The 1980 and 1981 teams combined for 12 completions of 50 or more yards, all of them thrown by Doug Williams.
-- WR V. Jackson has a 15.8-yard per-catch average in 2013 after leading the league in that category last year
  • Jackson's 60-yard play was part of a three-catch, 75-yard outing on Sunday.  Those grabs raised his season per-catch average to 15.8, 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 nine 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.
  • On the aforementioned 60-yard completion, Glennon surpassed the previous team record for passing yards by a rookie.  Glennon ended up with 180 yards on the day, giving him 1,962 for the season.  The previous mark was 1,855, set by Josh Freeman in 2009.  Here are the five top rookie passing yardage totals in franchise history:




Mike Glennon



Josh Freeman



Bruce Gradkowski



Doug Williams



Vinny Testaverde



  • When Glennon lost a fumble three plays after that 60-yard catch, on a third-and-goal play from the Carolina four-yard line, it marked the first time all season that the Buccaneers had failed to score after reaching a first-and-goal situation.  In their previous 15 such situations in 2013, the Buccaneers had finished with 12 touchdowns and three field goals, including a streak of eight straight touchdowns over the previous five games.  The Buccaneers were trying to match the 2013 team as the only Tampa Bay squads (since the stat was first compiled in 1995) to finish the season with a 100% scoring rate on goal-to-go possessions.  Instead, that rate dropped to 93.8%, which would tie for the fifth best in team history if maintained through four more games.
  • K Rian Lindell's 53-yard field goal in the first quarter of Sunday's game tied for the 13th-longest in franchise history.  It was the longest for Tampa Bay in almost exactly a calendar year, since Connor Barth hit a 54-yarder in Denver on Dec. 2, 2012.  Lindell is now two for four in attempts from 50 yards or farther in 2013.
  • Rookie S Bradley McDougald has been on an NFL active roster or practice squad for every week of the 2013 season, but Sunday marked the first time his team had suffered a loss.  McDougald was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs for the first nine weeks of the season, including a short stint on the Chiefs' practice squad, during which the Chiefs compiled a 9-0 record.  McDougald was waived by the Chiefs on November 6, before their bye week, and claimed by the Buccaneers the next day, after their bye week.  The Buccaneers won the first three games they played with McDougald on the roster before Sunday's loss in Carolina broke the rookie's 12-0 streak.