Quick Take: Buccaneers 27, Bears 24
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
A bunch of things jump out from the stat sheet from Tampa Bay's overtime victory. But let's focus on just a couple of guys, namely quarterback Brian Griese and defensive end Greg White.
Start with Griese. He threw 67 passes. According to ESPN's research department, only four quarterbacks in NFL history have thrown more passes in a single game. Here's a look at the top five of all-time:
That's a pretty stunning day for a journeyman who began the season as the backup to Jeff Garcia. It's even more stunning when you consider Griese did all this without top receiver Joey Galloway. A lot of people said the Bucs didn't have any playmakers besides Galloway. They do now. Antonio Bryant, who was out of the league last year, had 10 catches. Coach Jon Gruden's taken a lot of heat through the years for taking players who have been cast aside by other teams. But he sure looks like he's found a playmaker in Bryant.
Now, on to White. Very quietly, the Bucs signed White to a new contract a couple weeks ago. That's looking like a very good move. White has had at least one sack in each game so far and he has 3.5 for the season. Veteran Kevin Carter still is very much in the mix. But, with White and second-year pro Gaines Adams, the Bucs are in great shape at defensive end for a long time.