- Tampa Bay’s opening possession was an 11-play, 53-yard drive that resulted in a 39-yard field goal by K Ryan Succop. He finished the night 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, becoming the first Buccaneers kicker to connect on at least four field goals without a miss since Roberto Aguayo in Week 11 of the 2016 season.
- On the Buccaneers first possession, WR Tyler Johnson made his first career reception, hauling in a 17-yard pass. He finished with four receptions for a team-high 61 yards receiving.
- Tampa Bay has scored on its opening drive in four of its first five games to begin the season.
- Late in the first quarter, CB Carlton Davis III intercepted a pass from Bears QB Nick Foles and returned it 33 yards for the Buccaneers. It was Davis’ third interception of the season and third in his last four games. Davis’ three interceptions mark a new single-season career high for him. He is also tied for the NFL lead with his three receptions in 2020.
NFL INTERCEPTION LEADERS – 2020 SEASON
Rank Player (Team) INT
1t. Carlton Davis III (TB) 3
1t. Pierre Desir (NYJ) 3
3t. Nine Players Tied 2
- The Buccaneers have 34 points scored following takeaways this season – tied for the third-most in the NFL this season.
MOST POINTS OFF TAKEAWAYS – 2020 SEASON
Rank Team Points
1. Cleveland Browns 45
2. Seattle Seahawks 42
3t. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34
3t. Baltimore Ravens 34
5. Pittsburgh Steelers 27
- Following the interception, the Buccaneers scored their first touchdown of the night – a two-yard pass from QB Tom Bradyto WR Mike Evans. The touchdown was the sixth of the season for Evans, tying WR Chris Godwin (2019) for the most touchdowns through five games in team history. Evans has now caught a touchdown in six-straight games dating back to 2019.
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH FIVE GAMES – TEAM HISTORY
Rank Player (Season) TD
1t. Mike Evans (2020) 6
1t. Chris Godwin (2019) 6
3t. Mike Evans (2019) 4
3t. Mike Evans (2016) 4
3t. Kellen Winslow (2009) 4
3t. Kevin House (1981) 4
- Evans’ 54 touchdown receptions since entering the league in 2014 are the second-most in the NFL during that span and are the most in franchise history.
MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS SINCE 2014
Rank Player (Current Team) Rec. TD
1. Antonio Brown (Free Agent) 60
2. Mike Evans (TB) 54
3. DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) 53
4. Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE) 51
5. Davante Adams (GB) 46
- Brady completed 25-of-41 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown. His 12 passing touchdowns through Week 5 are tied for the most passing touchdowns through five games in franchise history.
MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH FIVE GAMES – TEAM HISTORY
Rank Player (Season) TD
1t. Tom Brady (2020) 12
1t. Brad Johnson (2003) 12
3t. Jameis Winston (2019) 11
3t. Ryan Fitzpatrick (2018) 11
5. Trent Dilfer (1997) 10
- In the third quarter, DL Vita Vea brought down Foles for a nine-yard loss. Vea has 2.0 sacks in 2020 and 7.5 in his NFL career.
- Early in the fourth quarter, OLB Jason Pierre-Paul joined Vea in the sack column, pushing his own sack total to 4.0 on the year and 83.5 in his career. The 11th-year pro recorded a forced fumble on the play, as well. His 83.5 sacks since joining the NFL in 2010 are the eighth-most in the league during that span. In addition, Pierre-Paul’s 25.0 sacks since joining Tampa Bay in 2018 are the 10th-most in the NFL during that time and also rank 11th in franchise history.
- DL William Gholston added another Buccaneers sack late in the fourth quarter, notching his second sack of the season.
- RB Ronald Jones rushed for 106 yards on 17 carries (6.24 avg.), marking his second-consecutive game with 100-or-more rushing yards. Jones became the first Buccaneers running back to rush for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games since Jacquizz Rodgers in 2016 (10/10/16 at CAR-10/23/16 at San Francisco.
- CB Jamel Dean recorded four passes defensed in the contest, marking the fourth time he has tallied four-or-more passes defensed in a game in just 18 career games. He is one of just three players in the NFL to notch four-plus passes defensed in a single game in 2020, joining James Bradberry and Rashad Fenton.
- Dean’s four games with four-or-more passes defensed in his first two seasons tied three-time Pro Bowl CB Marcus Peters for the most-such games through two seasons since passes defensed became an official statistic in 2000.
MOST GAMES WITH 4+ PASSES DEFENSED (PLAYER’S FIRST TWO SEASONS – SINCE 2000)
Rank Player (Games Played During Span) Games
1t. Jamel Dean (18) 4
1t. Marcus Peters (31) 4
3t. Jalen Ramsey (32) 3
3t. Bashaud Breeland (31) 3
5t. Many Players Tied 2
- The Buccaneers defense held the Bears to 35 net yards rushing – their third-straight game of fewer than 50 rushing yards allowed, securing the longest-such streak in franchise history. In addition, Tampa Bay’s 11 consecutive games of holding its opponent to fewer than 100 rushing yards extends its franchise record and is the longest-such streak in the NFL since Detroit in 2014 (11).
(Courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department.)