Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans Targeted Often in Bucs' Loss to Texans

Stat Shots presented by Air Force Reserve: The Bucs took their second loss of the season on Sunday in Week Three but there were some notable statistical occurrences along the way.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Houston Texans, 19-9, Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston, falling to 1-2 on the season. Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:

WR Mike Evans, a native of Galveston, Texas and a former star at Texas A&M, enjoyed a busy afternoon in what was something of a homecoming on Sunday. Evans caught seven passes for 101 yards, marking the fourth 100-yard game of his career and the first of this season. A hamstring injury had sidelined the second-year wideout for the season opener and limited his action in Week Two at New Orleans. He was anything but limited on Sunday.

In fact, QB Jameis Winston threw nearly half of his 36 passes in Evans' direction. The 6-5 receiver was targeted a whopping 17 times in the game, nearly triple that of any other Buccaneer player (Louis Murphy had six targets). According to Statspass, those 17 targets were the most for any Tampa Bay pass-catcher since Vincent Jackson had the same number against Detroit last December 7. That was just the 10th time that a Buccaneer player has seen at least 17 targets in a single game. Eight of those 10 outings have produced 100-yard games for the targeted player. Here's the complete list:

Player

Opp., Date

Targets

Rec.

Yards

  1. Vincent Jackson

at ATL, 10/22/13

22

10

138

2t. Antonio Bryant

at CHI, 9/21/08

18

10

138

2t. Joey Galloway

JAX, 10/28/07

18

6

115

2t. Earnest Graham

at DET, 10/21/07

18

13

99

5t. Mike Evans

at HOU, 9/27/15

17

7

101

5t. Vincent Jackson

at DET, 12/7/14

17

10

159

5t. Keyshawn Johnson

CHI, 11/18/01

17

12

89

5t. Keyshawn Johnson

CAR, 9/14/03

17

9

102

5t. Keyshawn Johnson

at TEN, 10/14/01

17

8

140

5t. Mike Williams

STL, 12/23/12

17

7

132

Sunday's game in Houston was the 17th that Evans has played in since the Buccaneers drafted him seventh overall in 2014, which means he's cracked 100 receiving yards in nearly a quarter of his outings so far. Evans recorded the fourth 100-yard performance of his career in fewer games than all but two players in franchise history. His own teammate owns a share of the record. Here are the five players (well, six, since there's a tie for fifth) who needed the fewest games as Buccaneers to record their fourth 100-yard outing:

Player

Buc Seasons

Games

1t. Vincent Jackson

2012-15

13

1t. Antonio Bryant

2008-09

13

  1. Mike Evans

2014-15

17

  1. Keenan McCardell

2002-03

20

5t. Joey Galloway

2004-08

21

5t. Keyshawn Johnson

2000-03

21

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Kicker Kyle Brindza had a difficult outing on Sunday, missing three of four field goal tries and hitting an extra point off the right upright. But he ended the day by standing in front of his locker and calmly fielding every question from the media. Brindza also started his day on a good note, nailing a 58-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

That was the second-longest successful field goal in the Buccaneers' four-decade history, and the longest ever in a road game. The only longer field goal in team annals was the 62-yarder that Matt Bryant hit to beat Philadelphia, 23-21, at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 22, 2006.

These are the 10 longest field goals in Buccaneer history (regular season):

Player

Opp., Date

Yards

  1. Matt Bryant

PHI, 10/22/06

62

2. Kyle Brindza

@HOU, 9/27/15

58

  1. Connor Barth

WAS, 9/30/12

57

  1. Michael Husted

@LA, 12/19/93

57

5t. Connor Barth

@DEN, 12/2/12

55

5t. Connor Barth

HOU, 11/13/11

55

5t. Kyle Brindza

@NO, 9/20/15

55

5t. Martin Gramatica

DET, 10/19/00

55

5t. Donald Igwebuike

@MIN, 11/30/86

55

5t. Patrick Murray

@NO, 10/5/14

55

Note that Brindza's name is on the list twice. Thanks to his 55-yarder last week in New Orleans, he already owns two of the 10 longest field goals in team history, and he's done that in just three games. Brindza is the first Buccaneer ever to hit field goals of at least 55 yards in two consecutive games.

Four of the field goals on that list were made by NFL rookies, including Brindza's two and the ones by Husted and Murray. Hitting one as far as Brindza did in Houston, however, is an uncommon feat for an NFL rookie. In fact, that boot tied for the fourth-longest field goal by a rookie kicker since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (although it was the second such occurrence already this season).

Longest Field Goals by a Rookie Since 1970:

Player

Team

*Opp., Date         *

Yards

  1. Greg Zuerlein

STL

SEA, 9/30/12

60

2t. Tony Franklin

PHI

@DAL, 11/12/79

59

2t. Pete Stoyanovich

MIA

@NYJ  11/12/89

59

4t. Kyle Brindza

TB

@HOU,  9/27/15

58

4t. Michael Koenen

ATL

NE,  10/9/05

58

4t. Dan Miller

BAL

@SD, 12/26/82

58

4t. Jason Myers

JAX

MIA, 9/20/15

58

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WR Vincent Jackson snared his 500th career reception on a 19-yard pass on the Bucs' opening possession on Sunday. He finished the game with two receptions for 40 yards and 501 for 8,509 yards during his 11-season career. Jackson is 17th among active NFL players with his receptions total and 14th with his yardage. He is the 124th player in league history to reach the 500-catch mark; a pair of Carolina Panthers have the best chance to be #125. Jerricho Cotchery will bring 490 career grabs with him to Raymond James Stadium this coming Sunday, while Panthers tight end Greg Olsen sits at 480.

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The Buccaneers' defense came up with just one takeaway on Sunday in Houston, but the offense did quickly convert it into seven points on Jameis Winston's 32-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sims. That was the fifth turnover Tampa Bay has forced so far this season, and the team has scored after all five of them, with two touchdowns and three field goals. The Buccaneers are one of eight teams remaining in the NFL who have a 100% success rate on scoring after turnovers (also Arizona, Baltimore, Tennessee, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Pittsburgh). The only team that has scored after every takeaway and has more total takeaways than the Buccaneers is Arizona, which is a perfect 7-7. Tampa Bay ranks ninth with an average of 4.40 points scored per takeaway.

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On Sunday evening, rookie quarterback Jameis Winston began his postgame comments by lauding his offensive line, which did not allow a single sack to J.J. Watt and company. That marked the first time that the Texans' defense has been held without a sack since Week 12 of last season, against the Cincinnati Bengals. Since Watt's arrival as a first-round pick in 2011, Houston's defense has had at least one sack in all but eight of their 83 games. Sunday's game was the first one in which the Buccaneers' quarterback(s) did not suffer a single sack since the season finale at Atlanta in 2012.

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RB Bobby Rainey returned five punts for 48 yards and one kickoff for 27 yards against the Texans, continuing to give the Buccaneers a boost in the field position battle. Through three games, Rainey ranks sixth in the NFL with a kickoff return average of 29.4 yards and 11th in the league with a punt return average of 9.9 yards. Rainey and Seattle rookie WR Tyler Lockett are the only two players in the NFL who rank among the top 11 in both return categories.

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Odds and Ends:

  • For the second week in a row, a Buccaneers game ended in a final score never before seen in team history. Last week's win at New Orleans was the first 26-19 finish for the Bucs, and Sunday's 19-9 final was also unique in franchise annals. It was also just the 12th game in league history to end in a 19-9 score, the first of which was a victory by the Chicago Cardinals over the Columbus Tigers in 1925.
  • The Buccaneers committed 10 penalties in Sunday's loss in Houston, after getting flagged 12 times in Week One and 11 times in Week Two. The last time a Tampa Bay team hit double digits in penalties in three straight games was Weeks 2-4 of the 2003 season.
  • There were a number of career firsts for young Buccaneer players in Sunday's game. LB Kwon Alexander secured his first career interception and, just a few moments later, RB Charles Sims scored on a reception for the first time, taking a short pass 32 yards to the end zone. (Sims' first touchdown overall was a rushing score in last year's season finale against New Orleans.) First-year center Jeremiah Warren, who played his college football at the nearby University of South Florida, took part on five special teams snaps, getting his first NFL regular-season action. Warren is just the third USF player to play in a regular-season game for the Buccaneers, following long-snapper Ryan Benjamin and Warren's current teammate, cornerback Mike Jenkins.
  • Houston ran the ball 46 times for 186 yards in its win over the Buccaneers. That's the first time a team has logged more than 45 carries in a game against Tampa Bay since Carolina did so on Oct. 18, 2009.
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