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30 November 2014

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Postgame Notes (11/30/14)

- On the opening play of the game, CB Johnthan Banks recorded his fourth interception of the season, picking off a pass from Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton at the Bengals 41-yard line, returning it 32 yards to the nine-yard line. The ensuing offensive possession resulted in a 32-yard made field goal by K Patrick Murray. Murray also added a 42-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
- Banks has a team-leading four interceptions this season, establishing a new career high. His seven career interceptions are the third-most by a Buccaneers player through their first two seasons.
Rank      Player, Years                                            INTs
1.           Donnie Abraham, 1996-97                           10
2.           Aqib Talib, 2008-09                                      9
3.           Johnthan Banks, 2013-14                           7
4.           Lavonte David, 2012-13                              6
5.           David Greenwood, 1985-86                          5
5.           Dave Lewis, 1977-78                                    5
5.           Mike Washington, 1976-77                           5
- With the Bengals facing third-and-three on their own 33-yard line, DT Gerald McCoy ended Cincinnati’s drive, bringing down Dalton for an eight-yard loss. McCoy now has 8.5 sacks on the season and has recorded at least one sack in five of his past six games.
2014 NFL SACK LEADERS (Defensive Tackles)*
Rank      Player (Team)                                          Sacks
1.           Marcell Dareus (Buffalo)                             10.0
2.           Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay)                      8.5
3.           Sen’Derrick Marks (Jacksonville)                 7.0
4.           Stephen Paea (Chicago)                             6.0
4.           Aaron Donald (St. Louis)                             6.0
*Through Nov. 30th 1 p.m. games
2012-14 NFL SACK LEADERS (Defensive Tackles)*
Rank      Player (Team)                                          Sacks
1.           Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay)                     23.0
1.           Marcell Dareus (Buffalo)                             23.0
3.           Geno Atkins (Cincinnati)                             20.5
4.           Kyle Williams (Buffalo)                               19.5
5.           Jurrell Casey (Tennessee)                          18.5
- With today’s totals, McCoy now has 27.0 career sacks, the eighth-most in franchise history.
Rank      Player, Years                                           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.           Gerald McCoy, 2010-Present                   27.0
9.           Broderick Thomas, 1989-93                       26.5
10.         Greg Spires, 2002-07                                 26.0
- After forcing a punt on Cincinnati’s third drive of the game, Tampa Bay drove 71 yards in nine plays, culminating in a seven-yard rushing touchdown by RB Doug Martin, his second of the season.
- Martin now has 14 career touchdowns, the 10th-most in franchise history.
Rank      Player, Year                                           Rush TD
1.           Mike Alstott, 1996-2007                               58
2.           James Wilder, 1981-89                                37
3.           Errict Rhett, 1994-97                                   24
4.           Reggie Cobb, 1990-93                                 21
5.           Carnell Williams, 2005-10                            20
6.           Warrick Dunn, 1997-01, 2008                      19
7.           Ricky Bell, 1977-81                                     16
8.           Earnest Graham, 2004-11                           15
8.           Lars Tate, 1988-89                                      15
10.         Doug Martin, 2012-Present                        14
- Following Martin’s rushing touchdown, the Bengals drove 54 yards before Dalton threw his second interception of the day, with Buccaneers CB Brandon Dixon picking Dalton off in the end zone for his first career interception.
- On the Bengals’ final drive of the first half, the Buccaneers recorded their third interception of the half, with CB Alterraun Verner picking off Dalton’s pass at the Tampa Bay 20-yard line and returning it 26 yards.
- This is the Buccaneers’ first game with three first-half interceptions since 2012 (9/16/12 at N.Y. Giants).
- TE Cameron Brate made his NFL debut in today’s game, starting at tight end. He finished today’s contest with one catch for 17 yards.
- In the third quarter, DT Akeem Spence and DL Da’Quan Bowers combined for a takedown of Dalton, bringing the Cincinnati quarterback down for a loss of three yards. Spence now has 2.5 sacks on the season. Bowers has 1.5 sacks on the year. Spence also had a career-high seven tackles in today’s game.
- LB Danny Lansanah had a career-high 14 tackles and three tackles for loss today. His 14 tackles were a game high, while his three TFLs tie for the game best.
- The Buccaneers held Cincinnati – who entered the game averaging 11.0 yards per punt return – to three returns for a loss of one yard.
- Today’s game marks the second consecutive contest that Tampa Bay has held the opposing team under 300 total net yards, the first time they have had back-to-back games with opponents under 300 net yards since 2012 (12/23/12 vs. St. Louis-12/30/12 at Atlanta).
- Today’s attendance: 56,340

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