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Notes and highlights from the Buccaneers 28-14 loss to the Saints

Mike Evans cracks the Top 10.

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images

- The Buccaneers scored on the opening drive of the game, going 75 yards in seven plays, taking 2:41. The drive featured a 36-yard reception by WR Mike Evansand ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass from QB Jameis Winston to TE Cameron Brate.

- Evans finished the game with four catches for 86 yards. He now has 1,207 yard this season, the most by a Buccaneers player through the first 13 games in team history and the eighth-most in a single season in team history.

MOST RECEIVING YARDS - SINGLE SEASON

(Team History)

1. WR Mark Carrier, 1989 1,422

2. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012 1,384

3. WR Mike Evans, 2016 1,321

4. WR Joey Galloway, 2005 1,287

5. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2001 1,266

6. WR Antonio Bryant, 2008 1,248

7. WR Vincent Jackson, 2013 1,224

8. WR Mike Evans, 2018 1,207

9. WR Mike Evans, 2015 1,206

10. WR Michael Clayton, 2004 1,193

- Evans now has 5,786 career receiving yards, the 10th-most by a player through their first four seasons since the 1970 NFL/AFL Merger.

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY A PLAYER IN HIS FIRST FIVE SEASONS

(Since 1970 Merger)

1. Torry Holt (STL, 1999-2003) 6,784

2. Randy Moss (MIN, 1998-2002) 6,743

3. Jerry Rice (SF, 1985-89) 6,364

4. Julio Jones (ATL, 2011-15) 6,201

5. A.J. Green (CIN, 2011-15) 6,171

6. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI, 2004-08) 5,975

7. Calvin Johnson (DET, 2007-11) 5,872

8. DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, 2013-17) 5,865

9. T.Y. Hilton (IND, 2012-16) 5,861

10. Mike Evans (TB, 2014-17) 5,786

- The first turnover of the game came when Buccaneers LB Adarius Taylor intercepted a pass from Saints QB Drew Brees at the New Orleans 48-yard line, retuning it nine yards to the New Orleans 39-yard line. It is the first career interception for Taylor.

- Following Taylor’s interception, Winston and Brate connected for another score, with Brate catching a one-yard touchdown with under 30 seconds left in the half, ending a six-play, 39-yard drive lasting 1:56.

- Winston now has 14 touchdown passes this season and 83 in his career. He has thrown two touchdowns in each of the past four games, tied for the fourth-longest streak in team history and matching a career best (also 10/23/16 at SF-11/13/16 vs. CHI).

- Brate has six touchdown catches this season and 23 in his career. His 23 career touchdown receptions ties Bruce Hill for the eighth-most in franchise history.

MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS – Team History

1. WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres. 37

2. TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86 34

3. WR Kevin House, 1980-85 31

4. WR Joey Galloway 2005-07 28

5. WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92 27

6. WR Mike Williams, 2010-13 25

7. TE Dave Moore, 1992-01, 2004-06 24

8. TE Cameron Brate, 2014-Pres. 23

8. WR Bruce Hill, 1987-91 23

10. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-16 20

- On the opening drive of the second half, the Buccaneers recorded their second takeaway of the game, with DE Carl Nassib strip-sacking Brees and DE Jason Pierre-Paul recovering the fumble. Nassib now has 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the season. The fumble recovery was the first of the season for Pierre-Paul and the eighth of his career.

- With today’s totals, the Buccaneers now have 4,308 passing yards this season, the third-most in NFL history through 13 games. Tampa Bay has 5,591 total yards this season, the seventh-most in NFL history through 13 games.

MOST PASSING YARDS THROUGH FIRST 13 GAMES - (NFL History)

1. Denver Broncos 2013 4,436

2. St. Louis Rams 2000 4,360

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 4,308

4. Indianapolis Colts 2014 4,184

5. New England Patriots 2011 4,151

MOST YARDS THROUGH FIRST 13 GAMES - (NFL History)

1. Denver Broncos 2013 6,053

2. New Orleans Saints 2011 5,821

3. Houston Oilers 1961 5,766

4. St. Louis Rams 2000 5,705

5. Indianapolis Colts 2014 5,621

6. Denver Broncos 2000 5,601

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 5,591

8. San Francisco 49ers 1998 5,584

9. Miami Dolphins 1984 5,570

10. Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 5,551

- The Buccaneers now have 31 passing touchdowns this season, tied for the most in a single season in team history. The team has 4,308 passing yards this season, the second-most in a single season in team history, and 5,591 total yards of offense, the fourth-most in a single season in team history.

MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS - SINGLE SEASON (TEAM HISTORY)

1. 2018* 31

2. 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* 4,308

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. 2018* 5,591

5. 2016* 5,542

6. 2008 5,456

7. 2003 5,453

8. 2010 5,362

9. 1984 5,321

10. 2007 5,160

* Dirk Koetter Offense