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Notes and highlights from the Buccaneers 37-26 Week 6 loss to the Panthers

There were some bright spots, believe it or not.

Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images


- On punt coverage in the second quarter, CB Ryan Smith forced the fourth fumble of his career, which was scooped up by ILB Kevin Minter for his first career fumble recovery.

- RB Ronald Jones took advantage of the field position following the fumble, scoring the Buccaneers’ first touchdown of the game on a five-yard rush. It was Jones’ second rushing touchdown of the season and the third of his NFL career.

- OLB Carl Nassib brought down Panthers QB Kyle Allen in the second quarter, tallying his second sack of the 2019 season. He now has 14.0 sacks for his career, including 8.5 in his last 16 games, dating back to 10/21/18 when he had 2.0 sacks vs. Cleveland. Nassib tied his career high with six tackles and set a new career best with four of those tackles coming for loss. He added two quarterback hits and one sack.

- Later in the second quarter DL Ndamukong Suh and DL Vita Vea combined for a sack of Allen – the first for both Suh and Vea this season.

- In the third quarter, WR Scotty Miller made his first career reception, a 19-yard completion that resulted in a first down for Tampa Bay. Miller finished the day with three catches for 39 yards.

- K Matt Gay connected on a 54-yard field goal in the third quarter and is now 3-of-3 on field goals of 50-or-more yards this season. He is also 6-of-7 on field goals over 40 yards this season. Gay entered the week tied for fourth in the NFL in points by a kicker with 45.

- In the third quarter, QB Jameis Winston found TE Cameron Brate for the 100th career passing touchdown of Winston’s career. Winston is the only quarterback in team history to throw 100-or-more touchdown passes with the Buccaneers.

- Winston became just the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw 100 career touchdown passes at age 25 or younger.


Rank Player (Team, Number of GP before 26) TD Passes

1. Dan Marino (MIA, 59) 142

2. Peyton Manning (IND, 64) 111

3. Matthew Stafford (DET, 61) 109

4. Drew Bledsoe (NE, 76) 108

5. Jameis Winston (TB, 62) 100

- Winston finished 30-of-54 for 400 yards and one touchdown. Winston became the first Buccaneers quarterback to surpass 16,000 career passing yards. His 12 touchdowns through six games are tied for the second-most through six games in team history.


Rank Player (Season) TD Passes

1. Brad Johnson (2003) 13

2. Jameis Winston (2019) 12

2. Jameis Winston (2016) 12

4. Ryan Fitzpatrick (2018) 11

4. Josh Freeman (2012) 11

In addition, with 1,771 passing yards, Winston has thrown for the most yards through six games by any Buccaneers quarterback in franchise history.


Rank Player (Season) Passing Yards

1. Jameis Winston (2019) 1,771

2. Jameis Winston (2017) 1,643

3. Brad Johnson (2003) 1,596

4. Jameis Winston (2016) 1,596

5. Josh Freeman (2012) 1,538

- The touchdown reception for Brate was the 25th of his career, surpassing Dave Moore and tying Mike Williams for the sixth-most in team history. Brate now has two touchdown receptions during the 2019 season. He finished with two receptions for 47 yards receiving – a season-high mark in receiving yards for Brate this season.

- RB Dare Ogunbowale rushed for his first career touchdown with 4:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.

- WR Chris Godwin recorded 10 receptions for 151 yards receiving. He has 662 yards over six games this season – the most receiving yards ever recorded by a Buccaneers player through the team’s first six games of a season.


Rank Player (Season) Rec. Yards

1. Chris Godwin (2019) 662

2. Keyshawn Johnson (2001) 610

3. Mike Evans (2018) 591

4. Vincent Jackson (2012) 586

5. Mike Evans (2016) 545

- Godwin has racked up 125-or-more receiving yards in three-consecutive games, becoming the first player in franchise history to accomplish that feat and only the second player in the NFL to have such a streak dating back to 2016 (Davante Adams, Weeks 5-8, 2018).

- WR Mike Evans added nine receptions for 96 yards. The nine receptions marked a new season high for Evans.

- Evans was on the receiving end of a successful two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter. He has four two-point conversion scores in his career, surpassing Mike Alstott for the most in franchise history.

- Rookie ILB Devin White led the team with nine tackles (one for loss), setting a new-season high mark.