Spence recorded 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in November, helping the Buccaneers to a 3-1 record during that time. Spence’s two forced fumbles were tied for the second-most among all players in November, while his 2.5 sacks during the month were the most among rookies. His 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles all came in wins. On the season, Spence has 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, both second-most among rookies.
Spence was part of a Buccaneers defense that led the NFL in takeaways in November (10), while ranking sixth in points allowed per game during the month (19.5). Tampa Bay has won the past three games and during that time, the team has led the NFL in points allowed per game (10.7), takeaways (nine) and third down defense (23.3), while registering the fourth-most sacks (10), allowing the third-fewest passing yards per game (180.0) and the fourth-fewest yards per game (290.3).
Spence is the first Buccaneers player to earn NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month since 2012 (LB Lavonte David, November). Spence and David are the only players in franchise history to win the award. Spence is the first Buccaneers player to earn a Rookie of the Month award since Jameis Winston was named Offensive Rookie of the Month in November 2015.