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Notes and highlights from the Buccaneers 24-17 win over the Panthers

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Bucs offense continues making marks on the season.

Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images

- Tampa Bay scored a touchdown on the game’s opening drive, going 75 yards in 11 plays, lasting 5:14. The drive ended with a three-yard touchdown pass from QB Jameis Winston to WR Adam Humphries.

- Humphries has caught a touchdown in each of the past three games, a career best. Over the past five weeks, he has totaled five touchdown catches, tied for the most in the NFL during that span.

2018 NFL TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION LEADERS - (Weeks 9-13)

1. WR Adam Humphries (TB) 5

1. WR Davante Adams (GB) 5

3. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG) 4

3. TE Eric Ebron (IND) 4

3. WR Tyreek Hill (KC) 4*

3. RB Christian McCaffrey (CAR) 4

3. WR Michael Thomas (NO) 4

*Does not include Week 13 game

- Tampa Bay recorded a sack on Carolina’s second play from scrimmage, with LB Kevin Minter dropping Panthers QB Cam Newton for an eight-yard loss. The sack is Minter’s first this season and the sixth of his career.

- On the next play, the Buccaneers intercepted Newton when LB Lavonte David deflected a pass that was picked off by S Andrew Adams at the Carolina 36-yard line and returned 16 yards, to the Carolina 20. The interception is the first of the season for Adams and the second of his career.

- Adams added a second interception in the fourth quarter, picking off a pass from Newton at the Tampa Bay 29-yard line. Adams is the first Buccaneers player to record multiple interceptions in a game since Keith Tandy (two, 1/1/17 vs. Carolina).

- Adams notched his third interception of the game on Carolina’s next drive, this time intercepting Newton at Tampa Bay’s 14-yard line, returning it five yards to the Tampa Bay 19-yard line.

- Adams is only the third player in Buccaneers history to record at least three interceptions in a game, joining Ronde Barber (twice) and Aqib Talib as the only players in franchise history with at least three interceptions in a game.

PLAYERS WITH THREE INTERCEPTIONS (Single Game – Team History)

1. Andrew Adams vs. Carolina, 12/2/18 3

1. Ronde Barber vs. New Orleans, 12/23/01 3

1. Ronde Barber at New Orleans, 12/4/05 3

1. Aqib Talib at Washington, 10/4/09 3

- Dating back to the 2012 season, Adams is one of only two players in the NFL to record at least three interceptions in a game (also Tennessee S Kevin Byard, 10/22/17 vs. Cleveland).

- Following Adams’ first interception, Buccaneers K Cairo Santos connected on a 35-yard field goal to give Tampa Bay a 10-0 lead.

- On the final play of the first quarter, the Buccaneers recorded their second sack of the game, with LB Lavonte David dropping Newton for a seven-yard loss. David now has 1.5 sacks this season and 19.5 in his career.

- The Buccaneers recorded their second interception of the half with under two minutes remaining, when CB Javien Elliott picked off a pass from Newton at the Tampa Bay 18-yard line, returning it 50 yards, to the Carolina 32-yard line. The interception was the first of Elliott’s career.

- On the ensuing drive, the Buccaneers drove 32 yards in five plays, with WR Chris Godwin catching a 13-yard touchdown from Winston on third-and-11, to finish off a five-play, 32-yard drive taking 52 seconds.

- Godwin finished today’s game with five catches for 101 yards, his second game this season with at least 100 receiving yards and the third of his career.

- Winston now has 81 career touchdown passes, eclipsing Josh Freeman for the most touchdown passes in franchise history.

MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES - (Team History)

1. Jameis Winston, 2014-Pres. 81

2. Josh Freeman, 2009-13 80

3. Vinny Testaverde, 1987-92 77

4. Doug Williams, 1978-82 73

5. Trent Dilfer, 1994-99 70

- Winston threw for 249 yards in today’s game, giving him 13,577 career passing yards, surpassing Josh Freeman for the second-most in franchise history.

MOST PASSING YARDS - (Team History)

1. Vinny Testaverde, 1987-92 14,820

2. Jameis Winston, 2014-Pres. 13,577

3. Josh Freeman, 2009-13 13.534

4. Trent Dilfer, 1994-99 12,969

5. Doug Williams, 1978-82 12,648

6. Brad Johnson, 2001-04 10,940

7. Steve DeBerg, 1984-93 9,439

8. Craig Erickson, 1992-94 6,094

9. Jeff Garcia, 2007-08 5,152

10. Brian Griese, 2004-08 4,841

- Winston posted a passer rating of 114.4 in today’s game, his third consecutive contest with a passer rating of at least 100, the longest streak by a Buccaneers player since 2012 (Josh Freeman, franchise-record five consecutive: 10/14/12 vs. Kansas City-11/11/12 vs. San Diego).

- DE Vinny Curry recorded a sack in the third quarter, bringing Newton down for a five-yard loss. He now has 2.5 sacks this season and 24.5 in his career.

- Tampa Bay’s first points of the second half came on a one-yard touchdown run from RB Peyton Barber to cap a six-play, 75-yard drive lasting 3:35. Barber has now rushed for a touchdown in each of the past three games, the longest streak by a Buccaneers player since 2015 (Doug Martin, 11/1/15 at ATL-11/15/15 vs. DAL). Barber now has four rushing touchdowns on the season and eight in his career.

- DE Jason Pierre-Paul recorded a sack in the fourth quarter, dropping Newton for a four-yard loss on third-and-five. Pierre-Paul now has 11.5 sacks this season, the ninth-most in a single season in franchise history.

MOST SACKS - SINGLE SEASON (Team History)

1. Warren Sapp, 2000 16.5

2. Simeon Rice, 2002 15.5

3. Simeon Rice, 2003 12.0

4. Simeon Rice, 2005 14.0

5. Marcus Jones, 2000 13.0

5. Lee Roy Selmon, 1977 13.0*

7. Warren Sapp, 1999 12.5

8. Simeon Rice, 2004 12.0

9. Jason Pierre-Paul, 2018 11.5

10. Lee Roy Selmon, 1978 11.0*

10. Lee Roy Selmon, 1979 11.0*

10. Lee Roy Selmon, 1983 11.0

10. Broderick Thomas, 1991 11.0

- Pierre-Paul’s 11.5 sacks this season are tied for the third-most in the NFL.

2018 NFL SACK LEADERS

1. DT Aaron Donald (LAR) 16.5

2. LB Von Miller (DEN) 12.5

3. DE Chandler Jones (ARI) 12.0

4. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (TB) 11.5

4. DE Myles Garrett (CLE) 11.5

4. DE Danielle Hunter (MIN) 11.5*

4. DE J.J. Watt (HOU) 11.5

* Does not include Week 13 game

- The Buccaneers totaled four sacks in today’s game, the third consecutive game that the team has registered at least four sacks in a game, Tampa Bay’s longest streak since 2004 (11/14/04 at Atlanta-12/5/04 vs. Atlanta).

- With today’s totals, the Buccaneers now have 4,134 passing yards this season, the second-most in NFL history through 12 games. Tampa Bay has 5,312 total yards this season, the sixth-most in NFL history through 12 games.

MOST PASSING YARDS THROUGH FIRST 12 GAMES - (NFL History)

1. St. Louis Rams 2000 4,181

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 4,134

3. Denver Broncos 2013 4,039

4. Indianapolis Colts 2014 3,915

5. New Orleans Saints 2011 3,904

MOST YARDS THROUGH FIRST 12 GAMES - (NFL History)

1. Denver Broncos 2013 5,502

2. Los Angeles Rams 1951 5,443

3. St. Louis Rams 2000 5,427

4 New Orleans Saints 2011 5,384

5. Los Angeles Rams 1950 5,319

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 5,312

7. Los Angeles Rams 2018 5,279

8. Indianapolis Colts 2014 5,259

9. Miami Dolphins 1984 5,233

10. Houston Oliers 1961 5,193

- The Buccaneers now have 29 passing touchdowns this season, tied for the most in a single season in team history. The team has 3,914 passing yards this season, the second-most in a single season in team history, and 5,312 total yards of offense, the ninth-most in a single season in team history.

MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

1. 2018* 29

1. 2016* 29

3. 2012 27

3. 2003 27

5. 2017* 26

5. 2010 26

* Dirk Koetter Offense

MOST PASSING YARDS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

1. 2017* 4,336

2. 2018* 3,134

3. 2012 3,983

4. 2016* 3,926

5. 2015* 3,852

* Dirk Koetter Offense

MOST YARDS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

1. 2015* 6,014

2. 2012 5,820

3. 2017* 5,816

4. 2016* 5,542

5. 2008 5,456

6. 2003 5,453

7. 2010 5,362

8. 1984 5,321

9. 2018* 5,312

10. 2007 5,160

* Dirk Koetter Offense

- Tampa Bay’s four interceptions in today’s game are the team’s most since recording four against Buffalo in 2013 (12/8/13).

- The Buccaneers have recorded consecutive games with multiple interceptions for the first time since Week 17, 2016 - Week 1, 2017 (1/1/17 vs. Carolina-9/17/17 vs. Chicago). The last time the team recorded consecutive games with multiple interceptions in the same season was in 2016 (three straight games: 11/27/16 vs. Seattle-12/7/17 vs. New Orleans).