Monday, November 12, 2012
Statistical superlatives on the Bucs
By Pat Yasinskas
Let’s take a look at some statistical superlatives on Tampa Bay’s 34-24 victory against San Diego on Sunday with some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Buccaneers’ media relations department.
- Josh Freeman became the first Tampa Bay quarterback to throw for two or more touchdowns in five consecutive games since Brad Johnson in 2002.
- Freeman compiled a 137.5 passer rating. He how has a passer rating over 100 in each of his last five games and is the only quarterback in franchise history to have such a streak reach five games.
- Freeman also has thrown a touchdown pass in 12 consecutive games. Freeman previously set the franchise record with a touchdown pass in 15 straight games during the 2010 and ’11 seasons.
- Leonard Johnson’s 83-yard interception return was the fourth-longest in franchise history. Shelton Quarles set the record with a 98-yard return in 2001 and Derrick Brooks had a 97-yard return in 2002. Sabby Piscitelli had an 84-yard return in 2008. But Piscitelli’s return didn’t go for a touchdown. The ones by Quarles, Brooks and Johnson did go for touchdowns.
- In the second quarter, Dekoda Watson blocked a punt and Adam Hayward picked it up and ran 29 yards for a touchdown. That was the first time the Bucs scored on a blocked punt since 2009.
- The Bucs scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams. That’s the first time they’ve done that since Oct. 18, 2009. It is only the fifth time in franchise history that the Bucs scored in all three phases.
- Rookie running back Doug Martin had 119 yards of total offense. That’s the sixth time this season that Martin has produced at least 100 yards from scrimmage. He’s done that in each of the last five games.
- Speaking of rookies, linebacker Lavonte David led the Bucs with 14 tackles and now leads the team with 81 on the season. Sunday marked the third time David has recorded 10 or more tackles in a game. He also had 16 last week against Oakland. David also leads the Bucs with 12 tackles for a loss.