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15 October 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals Postgame Notes (10/15/17)

- In the second quarter, with the Cardinals facing third-and-four, DT Clinton McDonald recorded his second sack of the season, bringing down Arizona QB Carson Palmer for a six-yard loss and forcing a field goal attempt. McDonald now has 2.0 sacks this season and has recorded a sack in each of the past two games. He has 16.0 career sacks.
- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a four-yard touchdown pass to WR DeSean Jackson in the third quarter, finishing an eight-play, 75-yard drive lasting 3:31. The touchdown reception was the second of the season for Jackson and the 48th of his career. The touchdown pass was the first of the season for Fitzpatrick.
- CB Brent Grimes recorded his first interception of the season in the fourth quarter, picking off QB Carson Palmer at the Tampa Bay 19-yard line, returning it 39 yards to the Arizona 42-yard line.
- The interception was the first of the season for Grimes and the 31st of his career. Since 2013, he has 18 interceptions, tied for the second-most in the NFL during that span. His 31 career interceptions are tied for the fifth-most among active players.
Rank        Player (Team)                                        INT
1.            S Reggie Nelson (OAK)                          19
2.            CB Brent Grimes (TB)                           18
2.            S Glover Quin (DET)                               18
2.            CB Richard Sherman (SEA)                    18
5.            S Tashaun Gipson (JAC)                        17
Rank        Player (Team)                                        INT
1.            S DeAngelo Hall (WAS)                          43
2.            CB Terence Newman (MIN)                    41
3.            S Reggie Nelson (OAK)                          35
4.            CB Aqib Talib (DEN)                               34
5.            CB Brent Grimes (TB)                           31
5.            CB Tramon Williams (ARI)                      31
- DT Gerald McCoy recorded his second sack of the season in the third quarter, dropping Carson Palmer for a five-yard loss. McCoy has recorded sacks in each of the past two games. He now has 44.5 career sacks.
- Since the start of the 2013 season, McCoy has 35.5 sacks, the most in the NFL among defensive tackles.
2013-17 NFL SACK LEADERS – Defensive Tackles
Rank          Player                                                Sacks
1.              Gerald McCoy (TB)                            35.5
2.              Geno Atkins (CIN)                               33.0
3.              Aaron Donald (LAR)                            30.0
4.              Jurrell Casey (TEN)                             28.5
5.              Ndamukong Suh (MIA)                        26.0
- In the fourth quarter, TE Cameron Brate caught a touchdown from Ryan Fitzpatrick, finishing a six-play, 63-yard drive lasting 2:50.
- Brate has caught a touchdown in each of the past four games, the longest streak by a tight end in team history and tied for the longest streak in team history. The feat has been accomplished six times, most recently by WR Mike Evans in 2014 (11/2/14 at Cleveland-11/23/14 at Chicago).
- Brate has 12 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons, the most by any tight end in the NFL. His four touchdown catches this season are tied for seventh among all NFL players.

Rank    Player                                   Team           TD
1.         Cam Brate                            TB               11
2.         Hunter Henry                         LAC             10
3.         Kyle Rudolph                         MIN             9
4.         Zach Ertz                               PHI              8
4.         Antonio Gates                        LAC             8
Rank    Player                                   Team           TD
1.         WR DeAndre Hopkins            HOU            6
1.         WR Jordy Nelson                   GB              6
3.         WR Davante Adams              GB              5
3.         WR Michael Crabtree             OAK            5
3.         WR Will Fuller V                    HOU            5
3.         WR Chris Hogan                    NE               5
7.         TE Cam Brate                       TB               4
7.         WR Nelson Agholor               PHI              4
7.         WR Stefon Diggs                  MIN             4
7.         RB Melvin Gordon                 SD              4
- Following Brate’s touchdown catch, the Buccaneers scored a defensive touchdown, with LB Lavonte David forcing a fumble from Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, recovering the fumble and returning it 21 yards for a touchdown. It is David’s first career fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and his third career touchdown (also two interceptions returned for a touchdown).

- David’s three career defensive touchdowns are tied for the fifth-most in team history
Rank      Player, Year                                            Def. TD
1.           DB Ronde Barber, 1997-2012                      12
2.           LB Derrick Brooks, 1995-2008                      7
3.           DT David Logan, 1979-86                             4
3.           CB Mike Washington, 1976-84                      4
5.           CB Donnie Abraham, 1996-2001                   3
5.           CB Cedric Brown, 1976-84                           3
5.           LB Lavonte David, 2012-Pres.                    3
5.           CB Wayne Haddix, 1990-91                          3
5.           CB Ricky Reynolds, 1987-93                        3
5.           CB Aqib Talib, 2008-12                                3
5.           LB Richard Wood, 1976-84                           3
- The forced fumble was his first of the season and the fumble recovery was his second of the season. He added another forced fumble in the fourth quarter and now has 14 career forced fumbles and eight career fumble recoveries.
- After David scored, the Buccaneers went for two and converted on a Doug Martin rush, the team’s first successful two-point conversion since facing San Diego last season (Jameis Winston pass to Mike Evans, 12/4/16).
- RB Doug Martin scored a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to finish an 11-play, 70-yard drive lasting 4:15. The rushing touchdown was Martin’s second this season and the second consecutive game he has rushed for a touchdown. He now has 25 career touchdowns, passing Errict Rhett for the third-most in franchise history,
Rank      Player, Year                                           Rush TD
1.           Mike Alstott, 1996-2007                               58
2.           James Wilder, 1981-89                                37
3.           Doug Martin, 2012-Present                        25
4.           Errict Rhett, 1994-97                                   24
5.           Reggie Cobb, 1990-93                                21
6.           Carnell Williams, 2005-10                            20
7.           Warrick Dunn, 1997-01, 2008                      19
8.           Ricky Bell, 1977-81                                     16
9.           Earnest Graham, 2004-11                           15
9.           Lars Tate, 1988-89                                      15
- The Buccaneers scored their fourth fourth-quarter touchdown when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 37-yard score to WR Mike Evans to end a three-play, 65-yard drive that lasted 35 seconds. Fitzpatrick now has three touchdown passes on the season and 169 in his career.
- Evans finished the game with three catches for a team-leading 95 yards and one touchdown. He passed WR Joey Galloway for the fifth-most receiving yards in franchise history.
Rank      Player                                                      Yards
1.           WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92                         5,018
2.           WR Kevin House, 1980-86                        4,928
3.           WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-2016               4,326
4.           TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86                         4,300
5.           WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres.                    3,949
6.           WR Joey Galloway, 2004-08                     3,912
7.           WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2000-03              3,828
8.           RB James Wilder, 1981-89                        3,492
9.           WR Gerald Carter, 1981-87                       3,443
10.         WR Mike Williams, 2010-13                       2,947
- Since the start of the 2016 season, Mike Evans and Cam Brate have been in the top 10 in the NFL in receiving touchdowns, with Evans ranking third and Brate ranking seventh in the league during that span.
Rank    Player                                   Team           TD
1.         WR Jordy Nelson                   GB              20
2.         WR Davante Adams              GB              17
3.         WR Mike Evans                    TB               15
4.         WR Antonio Brown                 PIT              14
5.         WR Odell Beckham Jr.           NYG            13
5.         WR Michael Crabtree             OAK            13
7.         TE Cam Brate                       TB               12
8.         WR Dez Bryant                      DAL             11
8.         WR Kenny Stills                     MIA             11
8.         WR Michael Thomas              NO              11
- Fitzpatrick finished the day going 22-of-32 for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, for a passer rating of 102.3. It is Fitzpatrick’s 17th career game throwing for at least three touchdowns and the 27th career game with a passer rating over 100 (min. 10 attempts).
- Fitzpatrck tied an NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass with his seventh team, joining Chris Chandler, Gus Frerotte and Vinny the only players to do so.
- The Buccaneers scored 33 points in the second half, the second-most they have scored in a half in team history. 27 of those points came in the fourth quarter, the most points in a quarter in team history.
Points              Opponent (Half)              Date
1. 35                 at Oakland (2nd)             11/04/12
2. 33                 at Arizona (2nd)            10/15/17
3. 31                 vs. Minnesota (1st)         10/29/00
3. 31                 vs. Chicago (1st)            12/22/96
5. 30                 vs. New Orleans (1st)     12/23/01
Points              Opponent                      Date
1. 27                 at Arizona (4th)               10/15/17
2. 24                 vs. Chicago (2nd)           12/22/96
2. 24                 vs. Green Bay (2nd)        11/22/81
4. 21                 18 times
- The Buccaneers have totaled over 400 yards of offense in each of the last three games, the second-longest streak in team history (longest – four games, 10/14/12 vs. Kansas City-11/4/12 at Oakland).
- Tampa Bay has 1,910 yards of offense this season, the most through five games in franchise history.
- When QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with TE Cam Brate for a completed pass in the second quarter, it marked the first time in NFL history that two players from Harvard did so.
- Both TE Cam Brate and WR Adam Humphries reached/passed the 100-catch mark in their careers with today’s totals. Brate now has 102 career catches. Humphries now has 105 career catches. 

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