- Murray made his second field goal of the game on the team’s second possession, capping an 11-play, 68-yard drive that lasted 5:23.
- In the second quarter, DE Robert Ayers Jr. recorded his first sack of the season, dropping Bills QB Tyrod Taylor for a seven-yard loss. It was Ayers’ first sack of the season and the 34th of his career.
- The Buccaneers scored their first touchdown of the game in the third quarter, with QB Jameis Winston throwing a seven-yard touchdown to TE O.J. Howard. The scoring toss ended a seven-play, 75-yard drive lasting 4:25.
- Winston threw his second touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter, against connecting with TE O.J. Howard, this time on a 33-yard score, finishing a seven-play, 75-yard drive lasting 3:23.
- Howard finished the day with six catches for a team-leading 98 yards to go with his two touchdowns. His 98 receiving yards are the most by a Buccaneers tight end since 2015 (Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 110 vs. Tennessee, 9/13/15). He is the first Tampa Bay tight end to have multiple receiving touchdowns in a game this season (last: Cam Brate, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 9/26/16).
- On the ensuing Bills possession, LB Lavonte David forced a fumble from Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy, which David recovered. David now has three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries this season. He has 15 career forced fumbles and nine career fumble recoveries.
- David recorded a game-high 14 tackles, his most since 2015 (15 at Houston, 9/27/15).
- Following David’s fumble recovery, WR Mike Evans and QB Jameis Winston connected on a 12-yard touchdown, capping a 10-play, 54-yard drive that lasted 6:16. It is the fourth touchdown catch of the season for Evans and the 31st of his career. His 31 career touchdown receptions tie Kevin House for the second-most in franchise history.
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS - (Team History)
Rank Player TDs
1. TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86 34
2. WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres. 31
2. WR Kevin House, 1980-86 31
4. WR Joey Galloway, 2004-08 28
5. WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92 27
- Evans’ 31 touchdown catches since 2014 are the fourth-most in the NFL during that time
2014-17 NFL MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
Rank Player Team TD
1. WR Odell Beckham NYG 38
2. WR Antonio Brown PIT 37*
3. WR Jordy Nelson GB 33
4. WR Mike Evans TB 31
5. WR Dez Bryant DAL 30*
5. TE Rob Gronkowski NE 30*
*Does not include Week 7 game
- Winston finished today’s game 32-of-44 for a season-high 384 yards and three touchdowns, with a 112.3 passer rating. This Winston’s ninth career game with 300 or more passing yards, the third-most such games in franchise history. It is his seventh career game with at least three touchdown passes, the second-most in team history.
MOST 300+ PASSING YARD GAMES (TEAM HISTORY)
Rank Player Games
1. Vinny Testaverde (1987-92) 12
2. Doug Williams (1978-82) 10
3. Brad Johnson (2001-04) 8
4. Jameis Winston (2015-Pres.) 7
5. Steve DeBerg (1984-87, 1992-93) 6
5. Josh Freeman (2009-13) 6
MOST GAMES WITH AT LEAST 3 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS (TEAM HISTORY)
Rank Player Games
1. Brad Johnson (2001-04) 8
2. Jameis Winston (2015-Pres.) 7
3. Trent Dilfer (1994-99) 6
3. Josh Freeman (2009-13) 6
5. Steve DeBerg (1984-87, 1992-93) 5
5. Vinny Testaverde (1987-92) 5
- With today’s totals, QB Jameis Winston passed Steve DeBerg for the sixth-most passing yards in franchise history.
MOST PASSING YARDS - (Team History)
Rank Player Pass Yards
1. Vinny Testaverde, 1987-92 14,820
2. Josh Freeman, 2009-13 13.534
3. Trent Dilfer, 1994-99 12,969
4. Doug Williams, 1978-82 12,648
5. Brad Johnson, 2001-04 10,940
6. Jameis Winston, 2014-15 9,775
7. Steve DeBerg, 1984-93 9,439
8. Craig Erickson, 1992-94 6,094
9. Jeff Garcia, 2007-08 5,152
10. Brian Griese, 2004-08 4,841
- Tampa Bay recorded 447 yards of offense in today’s game, the fourth consecutive game that the team has registered at least 400 yards of offense, tied for the longest such streak in team history (also 10/14/12 vs. Kansas City-11/4/12 at Oakland).
- The Buccaneers have thrown for over 300 yards in each of the past five games, a team record.