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Notes and highlights from the Bucs 32-31 loss to the Giants

Mike Evans, Jameis Winston had good days in a losing effort.

NFL: New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports


- WR Mike Evans hauled in three receptions for 53 yards on the opening drive, resulting in a 21-yard TD pass from Jameis Winston to Evans. On the following drive, Winston found Evans again for a three-yard score. In the second quarter, Winston and Evans combined for their third touchdown of the half. Evans finished the opening half with 146 yards receiving and three receiving touchdowns – both marked career highs for Evans in a single half.

- The 146 receiving yards in the first half tied for the third-most in team history (since at least 1991). The last player with 140-plus yards receiving in a single half for the Buccaneers was Vincent Jackson with 183 yards on 10/21/12 vs. New Orleans.


Player Pass Yards
Player Pass Yards
Vincent Jackson, 10/21/12 vs. NO (2nd) 183
Joey Galloway, 12/02/07 at NO (1st) 148
Mike Evans, 09/22/19 vs. NYG (1st) 146
Jacquez Green, 11/14/99 vs. KC (2nd) 146
Mike Evans, 11/16/14 at WAS (2nd) 140

- Evans has notched three touchdowns on the season and 43 in his career. Evans is the second player in team history with three-plus receiving TDs in a half, with the other being Jimmie Giles at Miami on 10/20/85. He is just the third player in team history with three-plus touchdowns in a game along with Giles (four) and Morris Owens (three vs. Miami, 10/24/76).

- He finished with a team-leading eight receptions for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Evans’ 190 yards receiving were the second-most of his career and the fifth-most in a single game in team history.


Rank Player, Date-Opponent Rec. Yards

1. Vincent Jackson, 10/21/12 vs. NO 216

2. Mark Carrier, 12/6/87 at NO 212

3. Mike Evans, 11/16/14 at WAS 209

4. Antonio Bryant, 12/8/08 at CAR 200

5. Mike Evans, 09/22/19 vs. NYG 190

- The first two touchdowns from Winston to Evans were the 24th and 25th touchdown connections of their careers, surpassing Josh Freeman and Mike Williams for the most touchdowns by a QB-WR duo in Buccaneers history.


Rank QB/Pass-Catcher TD Connections

1. J. Winston/M. Evans 26

2. J. Freeman/M. Williams 24

3. V. Testaverde/M. Carrier 21

- QB Jameis Winston threw for 380 yards passing and three touchdowns, finishing 23-of-37 with one interception for a 112.4 passer rating. The 380 yards passing were Winston’s most since 10/14/18 at Atlanta when he threw for 395.

- The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the first time since 12/9/18 vs. New Orleans. Today also marked the first time Tampa Bay scored a touchdown on their first two opening drives since the 2018 season opener at New Orleans. The Buccaneers defense held the Giants to a field goal on their opening drive and have not allowed an opening-drive touchdown by their opponent since 12/23/18 at Dallas.

- With 2:22 remaining in the second quarter, Buccaneers OLB Shaquil Barrett forced a sack-fumble on Giants QB Daniel Jones. Barrett added three more sacks in the second half to give him 4.0 in the game and 8.0 on the season – the most sacks in Buccaneers history through three games and tied for the most in NFL history (Mark Gastineau, 1984 New York Jets). He was just the third player in team history to record 4.0 sacks in a game (Marcus Jones 10/19/00 and Simeon Rice 10/12/03). Barrett broke Warren Sapp’s record of 5.5 sacks through three games. Barrett also became the first player in team history with 3.0-or-more sacks in back-to-back games. The last player in the NFL to do so was Ezekiel Ansah in 2017. The last Buccaneers defender to record a sack in three-straight games was Jason Pierre-Paul, when he recorded a sack in six-straight games in 2018.

- Shaquil Barrett is the first Buccaneers player with multiple forced fumbles in a single game since Lavonte David had two 10/15/17 at Arizona. The two forced fumbles in a single game tied the Tampa Bay franchise record. He is the first player in the NFL with four sacks and two forced fumbles in a single game since Adrian Clayborn on 11/12/17.

- RB Ronald Jones led the team with 14 rushes for 80 yards, recording 5.71 yards per carry. His 80 rushing yards marked a new career high. His 25-yard rush in the second quarter was the longest rush of his NFL career. Jones also secured the best receiving game of his career, recording a 41-yard reception for the longest play from scrimmage of his career.

- OLB Carl Nassib recorded his first sack of the season and the 13th of his career, taking down Giants QB Daniel Jones in the third quarter. Nassib also recorded the first fumble recovery of his NFL career on Barrett’s sack fumble.