Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Buccaneers' win by the numbers
By Pat Yasinskas
With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and Dan Berglund of Tampa Bay’s media relations department, let’s take a look at some notes on the Buccaneers 24-17 victory against Indianapolis on “Monday Night Football."
- Tampa Bay is on a three-game winning streak. This marks the first time the Bucs have won three straight since coach Raheem Morris took over.
- LeGarrette Blount rushed for 127 yards. That’s his first 100-yard game of the season and the fifth of his career.
- Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman now has nine career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, including seven since the start of the 2010 season. That ties him with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan for the league lead in that span.
- Blount’s rushing yards looked exactly like what you would want from a power back who can wear down a defense. Blount had 17 yards in the first quarter and 15 in the second. In the third quarter, he had 33. In the fourth, he had 62.
- Of those 62 fourth-quarter yards by Blount, 24 came after contact by defenders. For the season, Blount ranks third in the league in average yards after contact in the fourth quarter. Blount is averaging 2.7 yards after contact in the fourth quarter. Peyton Hillis (3.7) leads and Adrian Peterson (2.8) is second.
- The Bucs had success when sending five or more rushers at Indianapolis quarterback Curtis Painter. In those situations, he completed only two of 11 attempts for 26 yards. Six of those incompletions were underthrown.
- The Bucs trailed by 10 points before rallying. That marked the ninth time Tampa Bay has rallied from a double-digit deficit since 2008. That’s the most in the NFL during that span. Houston, Indianapolis and Chicago are tied for second with six.
- The Bucs had 466 yards of total offense. That’s the most in franchise history for a home game.
- Freeman is only four games into his second full season as the starting quarterback, but he already has moved into sixth place in Tampa Bay history with 6,275 passing yards. Vinny Testaverde has the lead with 14,820.
- The Bucs recorded four sacks and held the opposing team to fewer than 100 rushing yards for the second straight week. Anybody else think Tampa Bay’s young defensive line is starting to come together?
- The Bucs didn’t commit a turnover against the Colts. Since 2002, Tampa Bay is 23-4 in games in which it did not have a turnover.