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Stat Shots: Bucs-Seahawks

Posted Nov 4, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's game in Seattle and the season to date, including Mike Glennon's rookie-record passer rating and Mike James' equally impressive feats

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mike Glennon posted the best single-game passer rating for a rookie QB in Buccaneer history
  • The Bucs sustained drives, in terms of both yards and plays, better than they had since midway through last season
  • Tim Wright is the first undrafted rookie to catch two TD passes in a season in team annals
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Seattle Seahawks, 27-24 in overtime, at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night, a contest that included a long list of notable performances by the team's rapidly-rising rookies.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:
  • The Buccaneers' starting lineup in Seattle on Sunday included Mike Glennon at quarterback, Mike James at running back and Tim Wright at tight end (as part of a two-TE set with Tom Crabtree). That marks just the second time in team history that the Bucs have started a rookie at QB, RB and TE in the same game.  The first occurrence was 36 years ago, when the rookie trio of QB Randy Hedberg, RB Ricky Bell and TE Dana Nafziger started together against Chicago at Tampa Stadium on Dec. 4, 1977.  The Bucs' rookie triplets on Sunday were far more productive than that Hedberg-led clan.  Here's a comparison of their numbers:


Pos.

Dec. 4, 1977

Nov. 3, 2013

QB

Hedberg: 36 yds-0 TD-2 INT

Glennon: 168 yds-2 TD-0 INT

RB

Bell: 25-94-0

James: 25-158-0

TE

Nafziger: 0-0-0

Wright: 4-58-1


  • There's a lot more about that rookie trio to come.  For instance, Wright caught a touchdown pass for the second game in a row, becoming the first Buccaneers rookie to do that since WR Mike Williams scored in each of the final three games of the 2010 season.  Moreover, Wright is the first undrafted rookie to accomplish the feat in team history, and is one of only three undrafted rookies in team history to record multiple receiving touchdowns in a single season (Bruce Perkins, 2 - 1990; Calvin Magee, 3 - 1985).
  • As for Glennon, he extended his streak of consecutive passes without throwing an interception on Sunday by completing 17 of 23 for two touchdowns and no picks.  He has not been intercepted in three games and his streak is now at 141 straight, the best ever for a Buccaneer rookie and a mark that could soon challenge the longest by any player in franchise history.  The two longest interception-free passing streaks by a Buccaneer quarterback belong to Jeff Garcia (197 from 9/9-10/28/2007) and Brad Johnson (187 from 12/23/01-9/29/02).
-- RB Mike James averaged 5.6 yards per carry despite a long run of just 21
  • Glennon's high completion rate, his two touchdowns and his interception avoidance combined to give him a passer rating of 123.1 on Sunday.  That ranks as the best single-game mark in team history for a rookie quarterback.  The previous high was set by Josh Freeman against Atlanta on Nov. 29, 2009, as Freeman finished that game with a 118.5 rating.  Glennon is on track to surpass Freeman on two single-season passing charts for Buccaneer rookies, as well. Glennon has eight TD passes through his first five games and needs just three more to surpass the 10 that Freeman posted in his '09 rookie campaign.  Glennon's 1,165 passing yards in five games projects to 3,029 on the season, which would shoot well past the 1,855 that Freeman had in 2009.
  • And, of course, we can't forget James, who used his second NFL start to break out for 158 yards on 25 carries.  Obviously, the Buccaneers had a rookie running back just last year who set a lot of team records in Doug Martin, the injured player for whom James is currently filling in.  Martin, in fact, set the franchise single-game record with 251 yards at Oakland last year on Nov. 4.  Still, James' output in Seattle marks the 10th-highest single-game rushing total in team history, and the fifth-highest by a rookie.  Below are the top 10 rushing games in team history, with the rookies marked with an asterisk.  It is interesting that, with James' addition to the list, half of the top 10 were produced by rookies.

Name

Yds

Date (Opp.)

1. Doug Martin *

251

11/04/12 (OAK)

2. James Wilder

219

11/06/83 (NO)

3. Warrick Dunn

210

12/3/00 (DAL)

4. Errict Rhett *

192

12/4/94 (WAS)

5. James Wilder

172

9/30/84 (GB)

6. Ricky Bell

167

10/21/79 (GB)

7. James Wilder

166

9/8/85 (CHI)

8. LeGarrette Blount *

164

12/26/10 (SEA)

9. Carnell Williams *

158

9/25/05 (GB)

10. Mike James *

158

11/3/13(SEA)


  • One thing none of the first nine running backs listed above did in the midst of their top-10 rushing performance: Throw a touchdown pass.  James did.  On first-and-goal from the Seattle two-yard line in the second quarter, James took a handoff and headed up the middle, then suddenly stopped and threw a jump pass over all the engaged blockers to TE Tom Crabtree.  Despite having fallen down, Crabtree caught the pass, making James just the second running back to throw a TD pass in the NFL this season.  The first was Oakland's Darren McFadden, who pulled off the feat at Denver on Sept. 23.  James joins Earnest Graham and James Wilder (twice) as the only running backs in Buccaneer history to throw a touchdown pass.
  • James got his 158 yards on 28 carries, meaning he averaged 5.64 yards per run despite not breaking a single one longer than 21 yards.  James' yards-per-carry mark is the 12th-best in team history among backs who have carried the ball at least 20 times in a game.  It's the sixth-best mark in games where the back carried at least 25 times.  Doug Martin's aforementioned big game at Oakland last year (25 for 251, 10.0 per carry) tops both lists.
  • As expected, T Donald Penn made his 100th consecutive start on Sunday, all with the Buccaneers. He has the fifth-most consecutive starts in Buccaneers history, following CB Ronde Barber (215), LB Derrick Brooks (208), C Tony Mayberry (144) and DT David Logan (103). Moreover, he is now one of only 10 active players in the entire NFL with ongoing streaks of at least 100 consecutive starts.

Player

Current Team

GS

1. LB London Fletcher

Washington

207

2. QB Eli Manning

N.Y. Giants

143

3. T D’Brickashaw Ferguson

N.Y. Jets

122

4. S Philip Rivers

San Diego

120

5. T Eric Winston

Arizona

111

6. TE Tony Gonzalez

Atlanta

110

7. TE Jason Witten

Dallas

108

8. G Chris Myers

Houston

103

9. DE Jared Allen

Minnesota

102

10. T Donald Penn

Tampa Bay

100


  • Tampa Bay's back-to-back touchdown drives of 90 and 84 yards in the first half on Sunday were their two longest TD marches of the entire season.  That also marked the first time since last year against Atlanta on Nov. 25 that the Bucs had two touchdown drives that required 10 or more plays in the same game.
  • K Ryan Lindell connected on a 33-yard field goal on the Buccaneers' opening drive of the second half in Seattle, his only attempt of the day.  Lindell has made 10 consecutive field goal tries, including boots from 50, 48 and 47 yards.  He's got a long way to go to catch the team record of 25 straight set by Connor Barth across the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but the second-longest streak in team history is 16.  Martin Gramatica did that in 2000 and Michael Husted set the original record across the 1995 and 1996 seasons.

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