TE Dave Moore has become a bigger part of the offense in recent weeks
While Buccaneers.com was busy providing game coverage for your enjoyment on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' communications department was running the press box as usual. That includes compiling a page of notes that highlights the team's most important achievements of the day.
Here's a quick look at the stats, notes and trends they culled from Sunday's thrilling victory. This information was provided to the media when the game ended, which means some of it will appear in Monday's papers. Read it here first.
Gramatica Automatica: K Martin Gramatica has been perfect as of late, connecting on each of his last 12 field goal attempts after nailing three-pointers from 54 and 51 yards. With his game-winning 54-yarder in the fourth quarter, Gramatica set a new club record with his fourth field goal of 50 or more yards this season and then extended that record to five with his second FG from 51 yards. The 54-yarder is tied for the second-longest in the NFL this season, with his 55-yarder vs. Detroit (10/17) ranking best in the league. Gramatica is one field goal shy of his career-best streak of 13 consecutive field goals made, which he accomplished a year ago.
Happy 200th: Tampa Bay G Randall McDaniel reached a significant milestone today when he lined up for his 200th career game, including his 180th consecutive start. Overall McDaniel has started 198 games in his 13-year career, ranking fourth among all active NFL offensive linemen. The 180 consecutive starts ranks second only to Tennessee's Bruce Matthews (207) among active NFL players.
Rushing to Victory: The Tampa Bay rushing attack has played a big role in the Bucs' recent success. Over the last three games, the Bucs have piled up 386 yards on the ground (128.7 per game), including 108 today. In the three games prior to the winning streak, the Bucs rushed for just 244 yards (81.3 yards per game). The rushing attack received a big boost from RB Warrick Dunn, who rushed for a team-high 55 yards on 14 carries, and FB Mike Alstott (9 carries for 38 yards). The Bucs are 5-1 this season when Dunn rushes for 50 or more yards.
Key to the Offense: WR Keyshawn Johnson has paid big dividends over the last few weeks, notching four touchdown catches over the last three games. Johnson had five catches for 51 yards and one TD today. His teams are 16-4 over the last three seasons when he scores a touchdown. With his TD catch, Johnson continued his streak of at least one catch in every game (74 games, including two playoff contests) of his NFL career.
Moore for Less: TE Dave Moore has come on strong over the last few weeks. Moore, who had just three catches and one touchdown in Tampa Bay's first four games, has responded with 16 catches and two TDs over the last six games. Moore grabbed three passes for 57 yards today.
Sack Record Must Wait Another Week: The Bucs defense moved closer to the team record by notching one sack today to increase their season total to 42. Tampa Bay is just three sacks shy of eclipsing the team record of 44 sacks in 1997. DT Warren Sapp, with a key third down sack in the third quarter, now has 11.5 sacks on the year as he moves closer to Lee Roy Selmon's franchise mark of 13 sacks in 1977.
Buc Shots: For the third time this season (also both Detroit games), Tampa Bay did not allow a quarterback sack…The Bucs defense, which had forced seven turnovers over the last two games, was held without a turnover today before forcing a fumble in the fourth quarter…That fumble led to a field goal and a five-point Bucs lead…Tampa Bay has now scored 86 points off 22 opponent turnovers on the year…Last season the Bucs scored 90 points off 31 turnovers…QB Shaun King has now thrown nine TDs and just two INTs over the last three games…WR Reidel Anthony caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season, ranking second-best on the squad…Anthony's four TDs have come on just 10 receptions this season…Tampa Bay gained 203 yards in total offense in the first half, its top total since it posted 215 total yards in the first 30 minutes in games at Detroit (9/17) and at New England (9/3)…The 52-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell in the second quarter was the first 50-yarder versus the Bucs since Detroit's Jason Hanson booted a 50-yarder last season (10/31/99)…Tampa Bay has now won three straight at home against Green Bay for the first time in series history…The Bucs have now won eight of their last 10 NFC Central games…Tampa Bay has also won eight of its last nine home divisional games.