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22 October 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills Postgame Notes (10/22/17)

- The Buccaneers took the opening kickoff and drove 43 yards in 11 plays, taking 5:16 off the clock, setting up a 50-yard field goal from K Patrick Murray, his first made field goal of the season. Murray is now 6-of-8 in his career on field goals of 50+ yards.
- 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.

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