Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson instantly became the team’s primary downfield target upon arriving to Tampa Bay in 2012 and he turned in another big-time performance Sunday afternoon.
Jackson entered the game with 134 yards on the season and exceeded that total in New Orleans by securing eight Mike Glennon passes for 144 yards. It’s the 10th time the 10-year veteran out of Northern Colorado has topped 100 yards in a game as a member of the Bucs, good for fifth-most in franchise history. Jackson’s 2,886 receiving yards with Tampa Bay are the 11th most in team history.
Team staff members compile and release a number of statistics following each Buccaneers game. Here’s a collection of those numbers.
OTHER NOTABLE STATS FOLLOWING SUNDAY’S GAME IN NEW ORLEANS:
K Patrick Murray’s career-long 55-yard field goal ties him for the fourth-longest kick in franchise history. Three other Bucs kickers have hit from the same distance, with Connor Barth – the man Murray replaced this year – doing so twice. Martin Gramatica (Oct. 19, 2000 against Detroit) and Donald Igwebuike (Nov. 30, 1986 at Minnesota) knocked through the other 55 yarders. The three longest kicks in team history belong to Matt Bryant (62 yards on Oct. 22 against Philadelphia), Barth (57 yards on Sept. 30, 2012 against Washington) and Michael Husted (57 yards on Dec. 19 at the Los Angeles Raiders).
S Mark Barron’s two passes defensed matched a career-high, something he’s done four times in his three pro seasons.
Tampa Bay’s 11 passes defensed are the most achieved by a Bucs defense in a single game since a Dec. 6, 2009 game in Carolina.
LB Lavonte David’s game-high and season-high 14 tackles are the most he’s recorded in a game since 2012’s 34-24 win over San Diego in Week 10. David’s career-high of 16 total tackles came a week prior to that San Diego game, when the Bucs won 42-32 in Oakland.
David entered Sunday’s game in New Orleans as the league-leader in tackles for loss, with eight. He recorded two more against the Saints.
When LB Danny Lansanah returned an interception of Saints QB Drew Brees 33 yards into the end zone, he became the fourth linebacker in team history to record multiple pick-sixes in the same season and one of 10 Buccaneers to accomplish the feat. The other linebackers to do so were Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (three times in 2002), Mason Foster (twice in 2013) and Hugh Green (twice in 1983).
The last time Tampa Bay scored at least 24 unanswered points in a game came during the final week of 2011 in Atlanta. The Bucs also rattled off 24 in that contest.
A number of Buccaneers recorded firsts in New Orleans. Rookie WR Robert Herron grabbed a 9-yard score for his first career touchdown. CB Alterraun Verner snagged his first interception as a Buccaneeer, coming at the Tampa Bay 11 late in the fourth quarter and keeping the Saints from being able to end the game in regulation. RB Bobby Rainey scored his first rushing touchdown of the season in the third quarter. WR Louis Murphy’s 20-yard touchdown marked his first of the season and first as a Buccaneer. CB Johnthan Banks recorded his first interception of the season and fourth of his career.