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Bucs' Offense Reaches New Heights

Data Crunch: While Tom Brady added another new accomplishment to his incredible career achievements, the Buccaneers offense as a whole had one of the best days in franchise history

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned in one of the most prolific offensive outings in the franchise's 46-season history in Week Five against Miami, and even if their final yardage and point totals weren't quite team records there were some new standards set both by the team and several individuals.

The Buccaneers beat the Dolphins, 45-17, in the process racking up 558 total net yards. That point total ties for the seventh highest in a single game in franchise history, while the yardage mark comes in fourth. It was, however, the most yards the Bucs have ever accumulated in a single home game.

Most Total Yards, Single Game, Franchise History

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OpponentDateYards
at Detroit12/26/20588
at Cincinnati10/26/18576
at Minnesota11/6/80573
vs. Miami10/10/21558
at Carolina11/15/20544

The Buccaneers also racked up 33 first downs in Sunday's victory. That's tied with Tennessee (against Seattle in Week Two) for the most by any team in a single game this season, and it's also the most first downs the Bucs have ever recorded in a non-overtime game.

Most First Downs, Single Game, Franchise History

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OpponentDateFDs
vs. Cleveland (OT)*10/21/1834
vs. Miami10/10/2133
at N.Y. Giants11/18/1831
at Detroit12/26/2030
at Carolina11/15/2030
at Atlanta10/14/1830
vs. L.A. Rams9/25/1630
at St. Louis12/17/1530
vs. Atlanta (OT)12/24/0530
vs. Atlanta9/13/8730

(* The Buccaneers had 31 first downs in regulation.)

The Bucs were able to record so many first downs because they had five different drives that lasted eight plays or more, and that was possible because they converted on eight of 11 third-down tries. That's tied for the second-best third-down percentage the Bucs have managed since 1991. The team record is 87.5% (14 of 16) against Miami on Sept. 13, 1987.

Best Single-Game Third-Down Success Rate, Buccaneers, 1991-2021

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OpponentDateMadeAtt.Pct.
vs. Miami9/21/977977.8%
vs. Miami10/10/2181172.7%
vs. Chicago9/20/9881172.7%
vs. New Orleans10/10/21131872.2%
vs. Atlanta11/9/14121770.6%

Tom Brady directed that almost unstoppable Buccaneers attack on Sunday and in the process, incredibly, accomplished something he's never done before in 22 unparalleled seasons. Though he's thrown for more than 400 yards before and he's had games with five-plus touchdown passes, he's never before done both in the same game. It was his 12th game with 400-plus passing yards and his ninth with at least five touchdown passes. He is tied for fourth all-time in the former category and tied for second in the latter. Brady completed 31 of 40 passes for 411 yards and those five TDs, without tossing a pick, all of which added up to a 144.4 passer rating. Nobody in league history has finished more games with a passer rating greater of 140 or better.

Most Career 400-Yard Passing Games, NFL History

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QuarterbackTeam(s)400-Yard Games
Drew BreesChargers/Saints16
Peyton ManningColts/Broncos14
Dan MarinoDolphins13
Tom BradyPatriots/Buccaneers12
Ben RoethlisbergerSteelers12

Most Career Games with Five-Plus Touchdown Passes

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QuarterbackTeam(s)5+-TD Games
Drew BreesChargers/Saints11
Tom BradyPatriots/Buccaneers9
Peyton ManningColts/Broncos9
Dan MarinoDolphins6
Ben RoethlisbergerSteelers6

Most Career Games with 140+-Passer Rating

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QuarterbackTeam(s)140+ Rating Games
Tom BradyPatriots/Buccaneers22
Peyton ManningColts/Broncos21
Drew BreesChargers/Saints20
Aaron RodgersPackers17
Brett FavreFalcons/Packers/Jets/Vikings13

Of course, every 400-yard passing game is also a 300-yard passing game, and every five-touchdown game is also a four-touchdown game. Only Drew Brees has hit that yardage mark or that touchdown mark in a game more often than Brady.

Most Career 300-Yard Passing Games, NFL History

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QuarterbackTeam(s)300-Yard Games
Drew BreesChargers/Saints37
Tom BradyPatriots/Buccaneers36
Peyton ManningColts/Broncos35
Aaron RodgersPackers31
Brett FavrePackers23

Brady recorded his fourth consecutive game without an interception, and his only two picks thrown this year – both in a Week One win over Dallas – were on a Hail Mary attempt and a ball that bounced off Leonard Fournette's hands. Brady heads into Thursday's game in Philadelphia with an active streak of 203 consecutive passes without an interception. That is a new team record, breaking the mark he set just last year.

Most Consecutive Passes Without an Interception, Buccaneers History

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QuarterbackDatesPasses
Tom Brady9/9/20-Present203
Tom Brady10/4/20-11/8/20199
Jeff Garcia9/9/07-10/28/07197
Brad Johnson12/23/01-9/29/02187
Trent Dilfer10/12/97-11/30/97152

Through the first five weeks of the season, Brady is atop the NFL chart in passing yards (1,767) and just one behind Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes in passing touchdowns (15). His passer rating of 108.5 ranks fifth.

Most Passing Yards, First Five Weeks, NFL 2021 Season

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QuarterbackTeamYards
Tom BradyBuccaneers1,767
Derek CarrRaiders1,605
Matthew StaffordRams1,587
Justin HerbertChargers1,576
Kyler MurrayCardinals1,512

Most Touchdown Passes, First Five Weeks, NFL 2021 Season

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QuarterbackTeamTD Passes
Patrick MahomesChiefs16
Tom BradyBuccaneers15
Justin HerbertChargers13
Dak PrescottCowboys13
Matthew StaffordRams12
Josh AllenBills12

Highest Passer Rating, First Five Weeks, NFL 2021 Season

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QuarterbackTeamRating
Russell WilsonSeahawks125.3
Dak PrescottCowboys116.9
Matthew StaffordRams113.2
Kyler MurrayCardinals113.0
Tom BradyBuccaneers108.5

One of Brady's five touchdown passes on Sunday was a 62-yarder to wide receiver Antonio Brown on which Brown gained 54.0 yards after the catch. Brown's dash away from the Dolphin defenders turned the play into Brady's longest completion since joining the Buccaneers and Brown's longest reception since joining the team. It was on Brown's first catch of the game, a 10-yarder with three minutes left in the first quarter, that the veteran receiver made NFL history. That was his 900th career regular-season reception, and no player in league history has ever gotten to that mark in fewer games.

Fewest Games to Reach 900 Receptions, NFL History

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PlayerTeamsGames
Antonio BrownSteelers/Patriots/Bucs143
Marvin HarrisonColts149
Andre JohnsonTexans/Colts/Titans150

Brown recorded his second two-touchdown game of this season, as he also scored twice against Atlanta in Week Two. Since he entered the league in 2010, Brown is tied for the most games with multiple touchdown receptions, and the only player who has matched him is currently a Buccaneers teammate.

Most Games with Multiple TD Receptions, 2010-21

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PlayerTeamsGames
Antonio BrownSteelers/Patriots/Bucs19
Rob GronkowskiPatriots/Buccaneers19
Jimmy GrahamSaints/Seahawks/Packers/Bears15
Dez BryantCowboys/Ravens15
Calvin JohnsonLions15
Jordy NelsonPackers/Raiders15

Most Consecutive Games Played with a Reception, Active Streak, NFL

1. Antonio Brown, Buccaneers…141

2t. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals…130

2t. Julio Jones, Titans…130

Wide receiver Mike Evans also topped 100 yards on Sunday, with 113 on six receptions. That is the 30th 100-yard game of his career, by far a franchise record. He also joined Brown in finding the end zone twice, giving him 14 career games with multiple touchdown catches. Since Evans first joined the Buccaneers in 2014, he ranks fourth in the NFL in 100-yard receiving games and second in multi-TD games. One of the players above him on both lists in that time span is a familiar name.

Most 100-Yard Receiving Games, NFL, 2014-21

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PlayerTeamsGames
Julio JonesFalcons/Titans47
Antonio BrownSteelers/Patriots/Buccaneers37
DeAndre HopkinsTexans/Cardinals36
Mike EvansBuccaneers30
Travis KelceChiefs27

Most Games with Multiple Touchdown Receptions, NFL, 2014-21

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PlayerTeamsGames
Antonio BrownSteelers/Patriots/Buccaneers16
Mike EvansBuccaneers14
Davante AdamsPackers13
Odell BeckhamGiants/Browns12
Tyreek HillChiefs11
DeAndre HopkinsTexans/Cardinals11

Wide receiver Chris Godwin matched Brown with seven receptions on Sunday, picking up 70 total yards. Already seventh in franchise history with 3,906 yards, Godwin has now moved into the team's all-time top 10 in receptions, as well. With 273 catches, Godwin has passed Vincent Jackson (268) and is just six behind Jimmie Giles (279) for the ninth spot. Godwin is also likely to move up to sixth on the yardage list on Thursday night as he'll come in just six yards behind Joey Galloway (3,912).

As Head Coach Bruce Arians said after Sunday's game, the offense led the way, but the defense also managed to hold Miami to 17 points, tying the previous week's win at New England for the fewest points the Bucs have allowed this year. Once again, one of the best elements of Tampa Bay's defensive performance was stopping the run, as Miami got just 39 yards on nine carries. Since the arrival of Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles in 2019, the Buccaneers have recorded the most games in which they held their opponent below 100 rushing yards. They are also tied for the most games in which they held their opponent below 50 rushing yards.

Most Games Holding Opponents Below 100 Rushing Yards, NFL, 2019-21

1. Tampa Bay…30

2. New Orleans…24

3. Indianapolis…21

4t. Buffalo…19

4t. L.A. Rams…19

Most Games Holding Opponents Below 50 Rushing Yards, NFL, 2019-21

1. Tampa Bay…11

2. New Orleans…11

3. L.A. Rams…7

4t. Carolina…6

4t. Indianapolis…6

4t. N.Y. Jets…6

The Buccaneers' defense also secured two takeaways against Miami, the first on a sack and forced fumble by Shaquil Barrett shortly before halftime and the second on an interception by Jamel Dean in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay has the third-most takeaways in the NFL since Bowles's arrival.

Most Takeaways, NFL Teams, 2019-21

1. Pittsburgh…69

2. New England…64

3. Tampa Bay…61

4. Buffalo…60

5t. New Orleans…59

5t. Seattle…59

Barrett got the ball away from Miami quarterback Jacoby Brissett by looping behind him and swatting at the ball as Brissett cocked his arm to throw. That was the ninth time that Barrett has executed the classic "strip-sack" since he joined the Buccaneers in 2019, and no one has done it more often in the NFL in that span.

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PlayerTeamStrip-Sack
Shaquil BarrettBuccaneers9
Chandler JonesCardinals9
T.J. WattPittsburgh8
Yannick NgakoueFour teams*7

(* Ngakoue has played for the Jaguars, Vikings, Ravens and Raiders over the past three seasons.)

Barrett's 1.5 sacks on Sunday give him 3.5 on the season. He remains in second on the list of most sacks in the NFL since the start of the 2019 season but moved closer to the top mark with that effort against the Dolphins.

Most Sacks, NFL, 2019-21

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PlayerTeamSacks
T.J. WattPittsburgh34.5
Shaquil BarrettTampa Bay31.0
Aaron DonaldL.A. Rams29.0
Myles GarrettCleveland28.0
Za'Darius SmithGreen Bay26.0

Barrett also passed his teammate, Jason Pierre-Paul, on the Bucs' all-time sack list.

Most Sacks, Buccaneers History

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PlayerSeasonsSacks
Lee Roy Selmon1976-8478.5
Warren Sapp1995-200377.0
Simeon Rice2001-0669.5
Gerald McCoy2010-1854.5
David Logan1979-8639.0
Chidi Ahanotu1993-2000; 0434.5
Brad Culpepper1994-9933.0
Shaquil Barrett2019-2131.0
Jason Pierre-Paul2018-2130.5
Shaquil Barrett2019-2129.5
Ronde Barber1997-201228.0

The Buccaneers won the turnover battle against Miami, 2-0, marking the third straight game in which Tampa Bay has not committed a turnover. That is tied for the longest streak in team history. The Bucs first set that team record last season when they committed zero turnovers in consecutive December games against Minnesota, Atlanta and Detroit.

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