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17 September 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears Postgame Notes (9/17/17)

- Tampa Bay took the opening kickoff and drove 51 yards in 13 plays, taking 6:02, setting up a 42-yard field goal from K Nick Folk. The Buccaneers also scored on their opening drive of the 2016 season. Dating back to 1999, today’s game marks the fifth time the team has scored on the opening possession of its first game (also 2016, 2012, 2011 and 2001).
- On the ensuing Chicago possession, LB Kwon Alexander recorded Tampa Bay’s first takeaway of the season, intercepting Bears QB Mike Glennon at the Buccaneers 16-yard line, returning it 22 yards, to the Tampa Bay 38-yard line. Alexander now has four career interceptions.
- The Buccaneers offense went three-and-out following the Alexander interception, but CB Ryan Smith forced a fumble from Chicago PR Tarik Cohen, which was recovered by Tampa Bay LB Cameron Lynch at the Chicago 13-yard line. It is the first career fumble recovery for Lynch.
- QB Jameis Winston connected with WR Mike Evans for a 13-yard touchdown on the first play following the special teams fumble recovery. Winston now has 51 career touchdown passes.
- Evans now has 28 career touchdown catches, tying WR Joey Galloway for the third-most receiving touchdowns in franchise history.
Rank      Player                                                       TDs
1.           TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86                            34
2.           WR Kevin House, 1980-86                          31
3.           WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres.                       28
3.           WR Joey Galloway, 2004-08                        28
5.           WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92                           27
- The Buccaneers registered their third takeaway of the day when DE Noah Spence sacked Mike Glennon and forced a fumble that was recovered by LB Lavonte David. Spence now has 6.5 career sacks and four career forced fumbles. David now has five career fumble recoveries.
- Following David’s fumble recovery, the Buccaneers scored their second touchdown of the day on a one-yard touchdown run from RB Jacquizz Rodgers, capping a nine-play, 35-yard drive that lasted 3:56. Rodgers now has eight career rushing touchdowns.
- On Chicago’s next possession, Mike Glennon threw his second interception of the game, with CB Robert McClain picking off the pass and returning it 47 yards for a touchdown, his first career interception returned for a touchdown. McClain now has five career interceptions.
- Since the start of 2016, when Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith was hired, the Buccaneers have recorded 33 takeaways, the third-most in the NFL during that time.
Rank    Team                               Takeaways
1.         Baltimore Ravens                    38
2.         Kansas City Chiefs                  35
3.         Tampa Bay Buccaneers         33
4.         Arizona Cardinals                    30
4.         Los Angeles Chargers*            30
4.         Oakland Raiders*                    30
4.         Philadelphia Eagles                 30
*Does not include Week 2 game
- McClain’s interception for a touchdown is the fifth for the Buccaneers in the past two seasons, which is the most in the NFL over that span.
NFL MOST INT-TD (2016-17)
Rank    Team                                  INT-TD
1.         Tampa Bay Buccaneers          5
2.         Kansas City Chiefs                   4
3.         Arizona Cardinals                     3
3.         Atlanta Falcons*                       3
3.         Denver Broncos*                      3
3.         Los Angeles Chargers*             3
3.         Philadelphia Eagles                  3
*Does not include Week 2 game
- K Nick Folk made his second field goal of the game on the final play of the first half, connecting on a 50-yard field goal to give the Buccaneers a 26-0 halftime lead. Folk’s field goal capped an eight-play, 48-yard drive that lasted 1:04.
- Tampa Bay’s 26 first-half points were the most that the team has scored in an opening half since 2015 (28 at Philadelphia, 11/22/15) and the most in the first half of a home game since 2007 (27 vs. Atlanta, 12/16/07).
- Tampa Bay’s 26-point first-half margin was the fifth-largest in team history and the largest since 2001 (30 points vs. New Orleans, 12/23/01).
Rank           Date-Opponent        First-Half Diff.
1.               12/23/01 vs. NO               +30
2.               10/28/01 vs. MIN               +28
2.              12/27/1998 at CIN              +28
4.                11/22/81 vs.GB                +27
5.                9/17/17 vs. CHI                +26
- The Buccaneers shut the Bears out in the first half, the first time they have done so since October 16, 2016 at Carolina. It is the first time the team has recorded a first-half shutout at home since 2013 (vs. Arizona).
- The first points of the second half came on Nick Folk’s 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, finishing off a 16-play, 87-yard drive that lasted 8:36.
- Tampa Bay allowed only 20 yards rushing in today’s game, the ninth-lowest mark in a game in team history. The team’s 1.25 rushing average allowed also stands as the ninth-lowest mark in a game in team history.
Yards          Date-Opponent                                     Result
1. 2             11/11/13-vs. Miami                            W, 22-19
2. 10           9/9/12-vs. Carolina                            W, 16-10
2. 10           12/4/94-vs. Washington                     W, 26-21
4. 12           12/26/99-vs. Green Bay                     W, 29-10
5. 17           9/17/00-at Detroit                              W, 31-10
5. 17           12/19/93-at L.A. Raiders                     L, 27-20
7. 18           10/20/13-at Atlanta                             L, 31-23
8. 19           1/26/03-vs. Oakland*                         W, 48-21
9. 20           9/17/17-vs. Chicago                           W, 29-7
10. 22          11/4/12-at Oakland                            W, 42-32
*Super Bowl XXXVII
Avg.            Date-Opponent                                     Result
1. 0.14         11/11/13-vs. Miami                            W, 22-19
2. 0.74         12/19/93-at L.A. Raiders                     L, 27-20
3. 0.77         9/9/12-vs. Carolina                            W, 16-10
4. 0.83         12/4/94-vs. Washington                     W, 26-21
5. 1.00         12/26/99-vs. Green Bay                     W, 29-10
5. 1.00         10/20/13-at Atlanta                             L, 31-23
7. 1.04         11/29/15-at Indianapolis                      L, 25-12
7. 1.12         9/12/99-vs. N.Y. Giants                       L, 17-13
9. 1.25         9/17/17-vs. Chicago                           W, 29-7
10. 1.35       10/18/87-vs. Minnesota                     W, 20-10
- The Buccaneers have now won five straight at home, tied for the sixth-longest home winning streak in team history and the longest since 2008 (six straight: 09/14/08 vs. Atlanta-11/30/08 vs. New Orleans).
- Tampa Bay’s four takeaways team’s most in an opening game since 2005 (five at Minnesota, 9/11/05).
- Tampa Bay’s seven points allowed are the team’s fewest in an opening game since 2003 (0 points, at Philadelphia, 9/8/03).
- The following players made their NFL debut in today’s game: LB Kendell Beckwith, S Justin Evans, WR Chris Godwin, TE O.J. Howard and WR Bernard Reedy.
- The following players made their Buccaneers debut in today’s game: DT Chris Baker, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, K Nick Folk, WR DeSean Jackson, CB Robert McClain, LS Garrison Sanborn, G J.R. Sweezy and S T.J. Ward.
- Today’s inactives:
#35  CB   Javien Elliott
#56  DE   Jacquies Smith
#59  LB    Devante Bond
#66  T      Leonard Wester
#68  C     Joe Hawley
#82  TE   Antony Auclair
#94  DL   Will Clarke
WR    #11  DeSean Jackson
TE     #88  Luke Stocker
LT     #76  Donovan Smith
LG     #64  Kevin Pamphile
C       #74  Ali Marpet
RG    #73  J.R. Sweezy
RT     #69  Demar Dotson
TE     #80  O.J. Howard
WR    #13  Mike Evans
QB    #3    Jameis Winston
RB     #32  Jacquizz Rodgers
DE     #57  Noah Spence
DT     #93  Gerald McCoy
DT     #90  Chris Baker
DE     #92  William Gholston
SLB   #51  Kendell Beckwith
MLB  #58  Kwon Alexander
WLB  #54  Lavonte David
CB     #28  Vernon Hargreaves III
CB     #24  Brent Grimes
SS     #23  Chris Conte
FS     #37  Keith Tandy

- Today’s paid attendance: 56,640

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