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23 November 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears Postgame Notes (11/23/14)

- With the Bears facing third-and three in the first quarter, DE Jacquies Smith dropped Chicago QB Jay Cutler for a one-yard loss. Smith now has 4.0 sacks on the season, all coming in the past four games.
 
- After a roughing the punter penalty extended Chicago’s drive, the Buccaneers defense responded by recording two more sacks. DT Clinton McDonald brought Cutler down for a 10-yard loss on first down. Then, on third down, DT Gerald McCoy sacked Cutler for a seven-yard loss, forcing a fumble that was recovered by McDonald at the Chicago 46-yard line.
 
- McDonald now has 4.0 sacks on the season and 9.5 in his career. The fumble recovery is his first of the season and the third of his career.
 
- McCoy now has a team-leading 7.5 sacks, the second-most by a defensive tackle in the NFL.
 
2014 SACK LEADERS (Defensive Tackles)*
 
Rank      Player (Team)                                           Sacks
1.           Marcell Dareus (Buffalo)                             10.0
2.           Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay)                       7.5
3.           Tom Johnson (Minnesota)                           5.5
4.           Sen’Derrick Marks (Jacksonville)                 5.0
3.           Henry Melton (Dallas)                                  5.0
4.           Dontari Poe (Kansas City)                           5.0
 
*Through 1 p.m. games
 
- With today’s sack, McCoy has 26.0 in his career, tied for the ninth-most in franchise history.
 
BUCCANERS CAREER SACKS
 
Rank      Player, Year                                             Sacks
1.           Lee Roy Selmon, 1976-84                           78.5
2.           Warren Sapp, 1995-03                                77.0
3.           Simeon Rice, 2001-06                                69.5
4.           David Logan, 1979-86                                39.0
5.           Chidi Ahanotu, 1993-2000, 2004                  34.5
6.           Brad Culpepper, 1994-99                            33.0
7.           Rondé Barber, 1997-2012                           28.0
8.           Broderick Thomas, 1989-93                        26.5
9.           Gerald McCoy, 2010-Current                     26.0
9.           Greg Spires, 2002-07                                 26.0
                                                        
- Following McDonald’s fumble recovery, the Buccaneers drove 46 yards in six plays, culminating in a 19-yard touchdown reception by WR Mike Evans.
 
- Evans finished today’s game with three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.
 
- Evans now has eight receiving touchdowns on the season, the second-most by a rookie and is tied for the seventh-most overall in team history. His four consecutive games with a touchdown reception matches the franchise record, done five times previously, most recently by Mike Williams (12/19/10 vs. Detroit- 9/11/11 vs. Detroit).
 
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS BY A ROOKIE – Team History
 
Rank          Player                                                TDs
1.              WR Mike Williams, 2010                      11
2.              WR Mike Evans, 2014                        8
3.              WR Michael Clayton, 2004                  7
4.              TE Tim Wright, 2013                           5
4.              WR Kevin House, 1980                       5
 
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS IN A SINGLE SEASON – Team History
 
Rank          Player                                                TDs
1.              WR Mike Williams, 2010*                    11
2.              WR Joey Galloway 2005                     10
3.              WR Mark Carrier, 1989                        9
3.              WR Bruce Hill, 1988                            9
3.              WR Kevin House, 1981                       9
3.              WR Mike Williams, 2010*                    9
7.              WR Mike Evans, 2014                        8
7.              TE Jimmie Giles, 1985                        8
7.              WR Vincent Jackson, 2012                 8
7.              WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2000             8
7.              WR Keenan McCardell, 2003               8
 
- Evans has six receiving touchdowns this month, the most in any month in franchise history. He entered today’s game leading the NFL in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards in November.
 
MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY A ROOKIE – Team History
Rank          Player                                                Yards
1.              WR Michael Clayton, 2004                  1,193
2.              WR Mike Williams, 2010                      964
3.              WR Mike Evans, 2014                        841
4.              WR Lawrence Dawsey, 1991               818
5.              WR Horace Copeland, 1993                633
 
- At the end of the half, K Patrick Murray connected on a 32-yard field goal. He made a 39-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
 
- The Buccaneers held the Bears to 68 yards and zero points in the first half. The 68 yards allowed are the fewest since allowing 64 at San Francisco (11/21/10). It is the team’s first first-half shutout since last season (9/29/13 vs. Arizona).
 
- WRs Vincent Jackson (five catches for 117 yards) and Louis Murphy (six catches for 113 yards) became the first pair of Buccaneers to have 100 or more receiving yards in a game since Jackson and Mike Williams did so in 2012 (12/23/12 vs. St. Louis, Williams:132, Jackson: 108).
 
- QB Josh McCown threw for 341 yards in today’s game, a season high and the sixth-highest total of his career. His 341 passing yards are the most by a Buccaneers quarterback since Josh Freeman in 2012 (372 vs. St. Louis, 12/23/12).
 
- The Buccaneers defense limited Chicago to 204 total yards, the fewest Tampa Bay has allowed since 2010 (12/26/10 vs. Seattle, 174 total yards).

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