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Stat Shots: Bucs-Rams

Posted Dec 23, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's game against St. Louis on Sunday, including Vincent Jackson’s continued climb up the team’s receiving charts

  • DT Gerald McCoy is on the verge of being the Bucs' first 10-sack player since Simeon Rice
  • WR Vincent Jackson has set a new career high for receptions in each of his two years as a Buccaneer
  • There are five players who have a chance to start all 32 games over the past two seasons for Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the St. Louis Rams, 23-13, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, a contest that included Gerald McCoy taking another step towards double-digit sacks and Vincent Jackson setting a new career high in receptions.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:
  • DT Gerald McCoy recorded the Buccaneers’ lone sack of the game in the fourth quarter, dropping QB Kellen Clemens for a 10-yard loss.  That was McCoy’s team-leading ninth sack of 2013, making him one of just four defensive tackles in franchise history to hit that mark.  McCoy’s sack total is tied for the fifth most in Buc annals for a player at his position, and if he can get at least one more in the season finale next weekend in New Orleans he’ll join an even more select group.  The only other DTs in franchise history to get to double digits in sacks were Warren Sapp (who did it three times) and Santana Dotson (who did it once).  Here are the top 10 sack seasons by a defensive tackle in franchise annals:




1. Warren Sapp



2. Warren Sapp



3. Warren Sapp



4. Santana Dotson



5t. Gerald McCoy



5t. Brad Culpepper



5t. Warren Sapp



7. Brad Culpepper



9. Warren Sapp



10. Warren Sapp



  • McCoy is the first Buccaneer to get at least one sack in three consecutive games in one season since linebacker Geno Hayes pulled off the trick in 2009.  McCoy also now ranks fifth in team history in career sacks by a defensive tackle, and he needs just three more to move into fourth place.  Here are the top five:



1. Warren Sapp


2. Brad Culpepper


3. Santana Dotson


4. Anthony McFarland


5. Gerald McCoy


  • McCoy is trying to become the first Buccaneer at any position since Simeon Rice in 2005 to hit double-digit sacks.  He has combined with linebacker Lavonte David (6.0 sacks) and defensive end Adrian Clayborn (5.0) to record a total of 20 QB takedowns.  That’s the most by any Buccaneer trio of players since Stylez G. White, Gaines Adams and Jovan Haye also combined for 20.0 in 2007.
- DT Gerald McCoy has a sack in each of the last three games
  • WR Vincent Jackson led all players in Sunday’s game with five catches for 98 yards, just missing his 10th 100-yard outin in 31 total games as a Buccaneer.  Jackson’s five grabs put him at 74 on the season, which is a new single-season high for the Pro Bowl receiver.  Last year, in his first season as a Buccaneer, Jackson established a new career best with 72 catches.  He joins Keyshawn Johnson as the only two Buccaneer receivers ever to post at least 70 receptions in two consecutive seasons; Johnson did it for three straight from 2000-02.
  • Jackson and Johnson are also the only two players to have two of the top 10 receiving yardage seasons in Buc history, as seen in the chart below.  Jackson's total through 15 games projects to 1,268 over the course of a full season, which would be the fourth-highest mark in team history.  If Jackson gets to at least 1,249 receiving yards, he’ll be the only player with two of the top five receiving yardage seasons in team annals.  The top 10 currently looks like this:

Player, Season


1. WR Mark Carrier, 1989


2. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012


3. WR Joey Galloway, 2005


4. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2001


5. WR Antonio Bryant, 2008


6. WR Michael Clayton, 2004


9. WR Vincent Jackson, 2013


7. WR Kevin House, 1981


8. WR Keenan McCardell, 2003


10. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2002


  • The Buccaneers and Rams were even in the turnover department on Sunday, each team recovering two opponent fumbles.  That’s the first time the Bucs have had multiple fumble recoveries in a single game since Oct. 25 of last year, at Minnesota.  If the Buccaneers can maintain their current turnover differential, or something close to it, for one more game, 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 15 games

  • Tight end Tim Wright has been setting new records for Buccaneer rookies at his position all season.  Now, however, his output is starting to match that of some of the most productive tight ends in team annals, rookie or not.  In fact, with four more catches in St. Louis to give him 49 on the season, Wright now has the fifth-highest reception total ever by a Buccaneer tight end.  The top three spots are all owned by Kellen Winslow Jr.  If Wright could manage at least one catch plus a touchdown in the season finale at New Orleans, he would join Winslow as the only 50-catch, 5-TD tight ends in team history.  Here are the top five reception totals by a Buccaneer tight end:






1. Kellen Winslow





2. Kellen Winslow





3. Kellen Winslow





4. Jackie Harris





5. Tim Wright





  • P Michael Koenen kicked off three times on Sunday; two went through the end zone for touchbacks while the third was an onside attempt that eventually bounced out of bounds.  Thys, the Rams had no kickoff returns and Buccaneer foes continued to average just 18.7 yards per runback, the lowest total in the NFL.  If maintained, that would be the fifth-best season-ending mark in franchise history behind the Buc teams of 1999 (17.6), 1993 (17.8), 2006 (18.4) and 1995 (18.6). The last Buc team to hold opponents below 20 yards per kickoff return for an entire season was the 2009 squad (19.1).
  • Tampa Bay’s offense converted four of 14 third downs in St. Louis, a 28.6% conversion rate that is well below the league average but still the best the team has done in that category in four weeks.  The Buccaneers have obviously identified that as a significant problem to be corrected on offense, and for the first half of Sunday’s game the results were good.  However, after converting four of eight tries before halftime, the Bucs failed on all six attempts in the second half.  That continues a season-long trend for Tampa Bay, which has been significantly better on third downs in the first half than the second.  On the season, the Bucs have a third-down conversion rate of 40.2% before halftime, but it falls to 23.1% after the break.  In contrast, Buccaneer opponents start out at 40.9% but dip only to 36.1% in the second half.  That difficulty sustaining drives has surely contributed to the fact that Tampa Bay has scored 191 total first-half points this year, more than double the 80 total points it has scored in the second half.
  • Rookie DE William Gholston made his first NFL start on Sunday in St. Louis, taking over at left end for Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.  Te’o-Nesheim had started 13 of the first 14 games.  S Mark Barron missed the game due to a hamstring injury; he had started each of the first 14 games.  There are now nine remaining players who could start all 16 games for the Buccaneers this season: WR Vincent Jackson, LT Donald Penn, C Jeremy Zuttah (though at two different positions), RG Davin Joseph, RT Demar Dotson, DT Gerald McCoy, RDE Adrian Clayborn, WLB Lavonte David and LCB Darrelle Revis.  Five of those players will have started every game in the last two seasons, assuming they get the nod next week in New Orleans: Jackson, Penn, Zuttah, McCoy and David.
  • G Davin Joseph will play in the 100th game of his career in the season finale at New Orleans.
  • Field position has been a problem for the Buccaneers in their last two losses.  The Buccaneers started 22 drive against San Francisco and St. Louis, and not one of them began in opposing territory.  By contrast, in that same span, the 49ers and Rams combined to start five drives in Tampa Bay territory.  The last time the Bucs went two straight games with a drive that started on the opponent’s side of midfield was Weeks 11 of 12 of last year, at Carolina and at home against Atlanta.