A behind-the-scenes look at the Buccaneers' Week 4 matchup with the Giants.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' win over the New York Giants on Sunday marked their sixth consecutive victory at Raymond James Stadium, dating back to a 36-10 defeat of the Chicago Bears on Nov. 13, 2016. That is only two shy of the franchise's all-time record for its longest home winning streak.
Most Consecutive Home Wins, Buccaneers
- Streak still active The Buccaneers are tied for the longest active home-game winning streak in the
NFL. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have also won their respective last six games at home.
Tampa Bay neither committed nor forced a turnover in Sunday's win, the first time they've combined with an opponent to go turnover-free since Dec. 12, 2013. That was a 24-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. There have now been 16 games in franchise history that have ended with zero turnovers, and the Buccaneers have only won four of them. Tampa Bay's most recent win in a turnover-free game was on Dec. 26, 2010, when they beat the Seattle Seahawks, 38-15.
Though the Buccaneers' defense has gone two straight games without a takeaway, its run defense has shown significant improvement over last year's results. In 2016, the Bucs finished 22nd in the league's run-defense rankings, allowing 117.2 yards per game. Tampa Bay was also 22nd in yards allowed per carry last year, giving up an average of 4.39. So far in 2017, Tampa Bay's defense ranks sixth in rushing yards allowed per game and second in yards allowed per carry.
Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game, Team, NFL
Fewest Yards Allowed Per Carry, Team, NFL
The Buccaneers' pass defense numbers are not as impressive, but the return of cornerback Brent Grimes on Sunday quite visibly improved the secondary. After missing one game with a shoulder injury, Grimes came back against the Giants and led all players with three passes breakups. Since joining the Buccaneers in 2016, Grimes leads all NFL players with 27 passes defensed.
Most Passes Defensed, NFL, 2016-17
|1. Brent Grimes||TB||27|
|2. Casey Hayward||LAC||26|
|3. Robert Alford||ATL||24|
|4t. A.J. Bouye||HOU/JAX||22|
|4t. Janoris Jenkins||NYG||22|
|4t. Josh Norman||WAS||22|
|4t. Marcus Peters||KC||22|
|8. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||NYG||21|
|9t. David Amerson||OAK||20|
|9t. Darius Slay||DET||20|
Odds and Ends:
- The Buccaneers were charged with just four penalties for 19 yards on Sunday. Tampa Bay has been flagged 15 times through three contests, the second-lowest mark in the NFL behind Carolina (13). That's the fewest number of penalties assessed against a Buccaneers team in its first three games of the season since 2010 (14).
- Despite that disciplined play, the Buccaneers were on the wrong end of the flag ratio on Sunday, as the Giants were only assessed one penalty for zero yards. (Offsetting or declined infractions do not count in a team's penalty total for a game.) That one flag was the illegal touching penalty drawn by Odell Beckham that erased a two-point conversion catch on the Giants' final possession. The last time a Buccaneer opponent was only flagged one time in an entire game was in 2012, when the San Diego Chargers absorbed a single penalty in a Buccaneers 34-24 win at Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 11. Beckham's infraction carried with it a loss of down but no actual yardage penalty. Thus, the Giants became the first team ever to go an entire game against the Buccaneers without incurring a single penalty yard.
- QB Jameis Winston completed all five passes he threw on the game's final drive, including the key 26-yarder to Cameron Brate on third-and-one to set up the winning field goal. That is the seventh game-winning drive Winston has directed in his 34 career starts, which is already the fifth-most by any quarterback in team history.
- Punter Bryan Anger recorded a gross average of 49.8 yards on his four punts on Sunday, and since he had neither a touchback or any return yards against him, that was also his net punting average. That tied the team's single-game record for net punting average, with a required minimum of at least four punts. Michael Koenen also had a 49.8-yard net average on four punts against New Orleans on Oct. 16, 2011.
- The Buccaneers won Sunday's game on Nick Folk's 34-yard field goal as time expired, turning a one-point deficit into a 25-23 victory. That was just the seventh game in NFL history to end in that particular score, but three of those have happened in the last 10 months. Denver beat New Orleans, 25-23, last November 13 and Seattle did the same to San Francisco on the final weekend of 2016.