Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin, Jackson Reach Milestones vs. Panthers

Stat Shots presented by Air Force Reserve: Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin became the first pair of Bucs to pull off a certain rare feat two different times…That and other statistical takeaways from Sunday's game against Carolina.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Carolina Panthers, 37-23, Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, falling to 1-3 on the season. Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:

WR Vincent Jackson caught 10 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game, recording the 29th 100-yard receiving game of his 11-year career. It was his 13th 100-yard game since joining the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in 2012. Only two players in franchise annals had more 100-yard receiving games than Jackson's current total: Mark Carrier and Kevin House. Here are the five players in team history with double-digit 100-yard games in the regular season, and their total number of games played as a Buccaneer:

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Player

Seasons

GP

100-Yard Games

  1. Mark Carrier

1987-92

88

15

  1. Kevin House

1980-86

94

14

3. Vincent Jackson

2012-15

52

13

4t. Joey Galloway

2004-08

66

11

4t. Keyshawn Johnson

2000-03

57

11

Jackson has surpassed 100 yards in exactly one quarter of his games as a Buccaneer, the highest rate in team history. Keyshawn Johnson is next with 100-yard performances in 21.1% of his Buccaneer games. Jackson's frequency of 100-yard games, if maintained to the number of overall games of Mark Carrier, the franchise's all-time leader in that category, would lead to a total of 22.

Jackson's total of 147 yards on Sunday marked the 24th best single-game mark in Buccaneer history. Jackson now owns five of the top 24 outings in team annals, including a franchise-record 216 yards against New Orleans on October 21, 2012.

Jackson's 10 catches were also the most by a Buccaneer since he also had 10 at Detroit last December 7. Jackson has had exactly 10 grabs four times since 2013, his highest total as a Buccaneer. There have now been 27 games in team history in which a player has caught at least 10 passes.

A week ago, Jackson snared his 500th pass as a pro. His big day on Sunday brought him closer to the 9,000-yard mark in a career that began with seven seasons in San Diego (2005-11). He has played in 144 games and now has 511 receptions for 8,656 yards and 56 touchdowns. His totals specifically since coming to Tampa have rapidly moved him up the team's all-time receiving yardage chart; on Sunday, Jackson passed former running back James Wilder to take over sixth place on the list, and he'll need only seven yards in his next outing to jump up another spot. In fact, a 91-yard performance against Jacksonville would vault Jackson all the way to fourth place on the list.

Most Receiving Yards, Regular Season, Buccaneer History:

Player, Seasons

Yards

  1. WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92

5,018

2. WR Kevin House, 1980-86

4,928

  1. TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86

4,300

4. WR Joey Galloway, 2004-08

3,912

5. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2000-03

3,828

6. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-2015

3,822

7. RB James Wilder, 1981-89

3,492

8. WR Gerald Carter, 1981-87

3,443

9. WR Mike Williams, 2010-13

2,947

10. WR Bruce Hill, 1987-91

2,942

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Running back Doug Martin had a 100-yard outing, too, as he gained 106 yards on 20 carries and scored his first touchdown of the season. It was Martin's first 100-yard game of the season but his second in his last five outings, as he capped last season with 108 yards against New Orleans (Dec. 28, 2014). Martin now has eight 100-yard outings since he was drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round in 2012, and that's already tied for fourth place on the team's all-time list in that category.

Most 100-Yard Rushing Games, Regular Season, Buccaneer History:                                                                                                                                                                  

Player, Seasons

100-Yd. Games

  1. RB James Wilder, 1981-89

14

2. RB Warrick Dunn, 1997-2001, 2008

11

3. RB Carnell Williams, 2005-10

9

4t. RB Doug Martin, 2012-Pres.

8

4t. RB Errict Rhett, 1994-97

8

6t. FB Mike Alstott, 1996-2007

7

6t. RB Ricky Bell, 1977-81

7

6t. RB LeGarrette Blount, 2010-12

7

6t. RB Reggie Cobb, 1990-93

7

6t. RB Michael Pittman, 2002-07

7

Martin combined with Jackson to give the Buccaneers a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same game for the first time in two seasons. Against Atlanta on Nov. 17, 2013, Jackson racked up 165 receiving yards while RB Bobby Rainey added 163 yards on the ground. There have been 17 instances in Buccaneer franchise history in which one player rushed for at least 100 yards and another caught at least 100 yards worth of passes. A number of individual players make repeat appearances on the list but Jackson and Martin are the only duo to appear together twice. The two also pulled off that dual feat against Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 2012. Here are those 17 games:

Opp

Date

Receiver

Yards

Rusher

Yards

@chi

9/20/81

Jimmie Giles

109

Jerry Eckwood

114

STL

11/10/85

Jimmie Giles

134

James Wilder

120

CHI

10/8/89

Bruce Hill

107

Lars Tate

112

@min

9/30/90

Bruce Hill

104

Gary Anderson

108

@chi

10/18/92

Courtney Hawkins

102

Reggie Cobb

109

LA Rams

12/11/94

Charles Wilson

176

Errict Rhett

119

GB

12/10/95

Horace Copeland

122

Errict Rhett

118

@jax

11/15/98

Reidel Anthony

126

Warrick Dunn

107

STL

12/18/00

Keyshawn Johnson

116

Warrick Dunn

145

IND

10/6/03

Keenan McCardell

106

Michael Pittman

106

@no

10/8/06

Joey Galloway

110

Cadillac Williams

111

@no

12/2/07

Joey Galloway

159

Earnest Graham

106

@az

10/31/10

Mike Williams

105

LeGarrette Blount

120

@gb

11/20/11

Kellen Winslow

132

LeGarrette Blount

107

PHI

12/9/12

Vincent Jackson

131

Doug Martin

128

ATL

11/17/13

Vincent Jackson

165

Bobby Rainey

163

CAR

10/4/15

Vincent Jackson

147

Doug Martin

106

Getting 100 receiving yards out of one player and 100 rushing yards out of another would seem like two good steps towards victory, but these pairings have not been particularly indicative of wins and losses. The Bucs' record in the 17 games above is 9-8.

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Martin's touchdown was a five-yard run that capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive in the second quarter. That was Tampa Bay's longest scoring drive of the season in terms of plays and at the time it tied the longest scoring drive in terms of yards, matching an 80-yarder in New Orleans in Week Two. However, the Buccaneers later put together another 80-yard touchdown drive, ending in Charles Sims' 10-yard catch, and then an 81-yard TD march, culminating in Vincent Jackson's six-yard reception.

Put those three possessions together and you have three touchdown drives of 80 or more yards in the same game for the Buccaneers in a dozen years. The last time it happened was on Oct. 12, 2003 in a 35-13 win over the Washington Redskins. The last time the Buccaneers had three touchdown drives of at least 80 yards and did not win the game was Oct. 14, 2001, in a 31-28 nail-biter at Tennessee.

Obviously, it was the turnovers that took what would normally be a harbinger of a successful outing for the Buccaneers and turned it into a defeat. As QB Jameis Winston put it immediately after the contest, "You can't win football games with five turnovers."

Quite true. In fact, the Buccaneers have only won five games in their 40-year history in which they've turned the ball over five or more times, most recently in 1999. That was a 17-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 14, 1999, and the Bucs' defense also had three takeaways in that game to balance Tampa Bay's six giveaways. In fact, in all five games on the list, the Buccaneers had at least three takeaways, too, and a turnover ratio no worse than -3.

The Bucs were four turnovers in the red on Sunday against Carolina, as their lone takeaway was a Tim Jennings fumble recovery in the third quarter. That was the 36th time in team history that the Buccaneers have lost the turnover battle by four or more; they are 0-36 in those games.

That turnover margin is also the obvious and stark explanation for a loss in a game in which the Buccaneers gained 167 more net yards than their opponent, had 25 first downs and a 50% third-down conversion rate and held the ball for a season-best 32:10 of the game's 60 minutes. Sunday's game was the first time since last Nov. 23 that the Buccaneers had at least 150 more net yards than their opponent, and it was their biggest positive differential since getting 203 more yards than the Chiefs on Nov. 14, 2012.

Coincidentally, the Buccaneers have also had 36 games in which they outgained their opponent by 150 or more yards. They are most definitely not 0-36 in those games, however. In fact, Tampa Bay has a 27-9 record, even after Sunday's loss, when it outgains its opponents by that much. They are 13-1 when they pair that yardage victory with a positive turnover ratio. Six of the team's nine losses on that list came in games in which they lost the turnover ratio by two or more.

Sunday's game was the first time in team history that the Buccaneers gained at least 150 more yards than their opponents but also lost the turnover battle by at least four. That rather neatly explains how the 14-point margin of defeat is the largest on that entire list of 36 games.

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Tim Jennings' fumble recovery did extend a positive streak for Tampa Bay's defense. The Buccaneers have now recorded at least one takeaway in 11 straight games, its longest streak in a half-decade. The Bucs of 2009-10 put together a 13-game streak with at least one takeaway from Nov. 29, 2009 (at Atlanta) to Nov. 7, 2010 (at Atlanta).

Unfortunately, the Buccaneers did not score off that takeaway, even though Jennings fell on the ball at Carolina's 25. The resulting drive gained no yards and K Kyle Brindza then misfired on a 42-yard field goal try. That marked the first time since Nov. 2 of last year (at Cleveland) that the Buccaneers failed to score on a possession that began inside the opposition's 30-yard line.

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DT Gerald McCoy had one of the Bucs' two sacks of QB Cam Newton on Sunday, giving McCoy three sacks through four contests. Both he and DE Jacquies Smith (four sacks) remain on pace to give the team its first double-digit sack artist(s) since Simeon Rice had 14.0 in 2005. Smith is on pace for 16.0 sacks and McCoy is on pace for 12.0.

Meanwhile, McCoy continues to pace the NFL's defensive tackles in the sack category since the start of the 2012 season. He has 26 QB takedowns in that span of three-and-one-quarter seasons, putting him at the top of a star studded list.

Most Sacks by a Defensive Tackle, 2012-15:

Player, Team

Sacks

1. Gerald McCoy, TB

26.0

2. Geno Atkins, CIN

24.5

3. Marcell Dareus, BUF

24.0

4. Ndamukong Suh, MIA

22.0

5. Kyle Williams, BUF

20.5

McCoy ranks seventh in team history with his 30.0 sacks overall. He needs four more to pass Brad Culpepper (33 from 1994-99) on Tampa Bay's all-time list, and five more to pass Chidi Ahanotu (34.5 from 1993-2000, 2004).

The other sack for the Buccaneers was credited to linebacker Danny Lansanah. That gives Lansanah 2.5 sacks in his career, and all of them have come at the expense of the Panthers. Last year, Lansanah tallied 1.5 sacks at Carolina on Dec. 14, 2014.

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RB Charles Sims caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter on Sunday, the second scoring catch of his career. It was also the second straight game in which Sims has found the end zone on a passing play, which is actually pretty rare for a Buccaneer running back.

In fact, the last time a Tampa Bay running back caught touchdown passes in consecutive games was in 1991, when fullback Robert Wilson found the end zone against Philadelphia on Oct. 6 and at New Orleans on Oct. 20 (with a bye week in between). Sims is just the fourth running back in Buccaneer history to pull off that feat, joining a list that also includes James Wilder and Adger Armstrong.

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