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Notes and stats from the Buccaneers 25-23 win over the Giants

Many milestones reached.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

- Tampa Bay improved to 6-2 on the season – matching the team’s best start through eight games in franchise history. The Buccaneers also started 6-2 in 1979 and 2002.

- For the 93rd time in their careers, including the postseason, Buccaneers QB Tom Brady hit TE Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown. The duo surpassed Steve Young and Jerry Rice (92) for the second-most touchdown passes by a quarterback-receiver duo in NFL history (including postseason), and now trails only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (114).

- The receiving touchdown was the third of the season forGronkowski, who remains the NFL leader in touchdown receptions since entering the league in 2010.

RECEIVING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS – SINCE 2010

Rank Player (Team) Rec. TD

1. Rob Gronkowski (TB) 81

2. Jimmy Graham (CHI) 78

3. Antonio Brown (TB) 75

4. Dez Bryant (BAL) 73

5. Jordy Nelson (Retired) 68

- Brady has tallied 20 passing touchdowns in 2020 – the most by a Buccaneers quarterback through eight games in team history and tied for the third-most in the NFL this season.

NFL PASSING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Player (Team) Pass TD

1. Russell Wilson (SEA) 26

2. Patrick Mahomes (KC) 21

3t. Tom Brady (TB) 20

3t. Aaron Rodgers (GB) 20

5. Ryan Tannehill (TEN) 17

- Brady also passed Saints QB Drew Brees (560) for the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown record after throwing the 561st regular-season touchdown pass of his NFL career.

MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS – NFL HISTORY

Rank Player Pass TD

1. Tom Brady 561

2. Drew Brees 560

3. Peyton Manning 539

4. Brett Favre 508

5. Dan Marino 420

- Brady’s second touchdown pass of the game was an eight-yard pass to WR Mike Evans with 9:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. Evans is tied for the NFL lead with seven touchdown receptions on the season. He finished the game with a team-high 55 receiving yards on five receptions.

NFL RECEIVING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Player (Team) Rec. TD

1t. Mike Evans (TB) 7

1t. Davante Adams (GB) 7

1t. Tyreek Hill (KC) 7

1t. Tyler Lockett (SEA) 7

1t. DK Metcalf (SEA) 7

1t. Adam Thielen (MIN) 7

- On the first drive of the second half, the Buccaneers defense came up with the game’s first turnover as CB Carlton Davis IIIcame up with his fourth interception of the season. His four interceptions this season are tied for the most in the NFL and are a single-season career high for Davis.

NFL INTERCEPTION LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Player (Team) INT

1t. Carlton Davis III (TB) 4

1t. Xavien Howard (MIA) 4

1t. Kendall Fuller (WAS) 4

1t. J.C. Jackson (NE) 4

5t. Three Players Tied 3

- A year after tying for the rookie lead with three interceptions in 2019, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting recorded his first interception of the 2020 season with 12:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. OLB Shaquil Barrett hit Giants QB Daniel Jones on the play. The Buccaneers two interceptions on the night pushed their season total to 11, tying for the NFL lead.

NFL TEAM INTERCEPTION LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Team INT

1t. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11

1t. Indianapolis Colts 11

3. Pittsburgh Steelers 10

4t. Four Teams Tied 9

- Tampa Bay scored on each of its drives following interceptions, giving Tampa 65 points off takeaways this season – the second-most in the NFL this season.

MOST POINTS OFF TAKEAWAYS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Team Points

1. Seattle Seahawks 76

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 65

3. Pittsburgh Steelers 62

4t. Baltimore Ravens 55

4t. Cleveland Browns 55

K Ryan Succop went 4-of-4 on field goals in the game, hitting a long of 43 yards. He scored 13 of Tampa Bay’s 25 points in the game, pushing his season total to 71 points – the third-most points in the NFL this season.

NFL POINTS LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Player (Team) Points

1. Randy Bullock (CIN) 74

2. Dalvin Cook (MIN) 72

3t. Ryan Succop (TB) 71

3t. Younghoe Koo (ATL) 71

5. Joey Slye (CAR) 69

- OLB Jason Pierre-Paul pushed his team-leading sack total to 6.5 on the year after taking down Giants QB Daniel Jones in the fourth quarter. He has 33.0-career sacks at MetLife Stadium – the most in stadium history.

ALL-TIME SACKS LEADERS – METLIFE STADIUM

Rank Player Sacks

1. Jason Pierre-Paul 33.0

2. Muhammad Wilkerson 30.5

3. Justin Tuck 19.5

4. Calvin Pace 19.0

5. Osi Umenyiora 18.0

- Pierre-Paul’s 6.5 sacks are tied for the fourth-most in the NFL this season. In addition, his 27.5 sacks since he joined Tampa Bay in 2018 are tied for the ninth-most in the NFL during that span, and his 86.0 since entering the league in 2010 rank eighth.

NFL SACKS LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Player (Team) Sacks

1t. Aaron Donald (LAR) 9.0

1t. Myles Garrett (CLE) 9.0

3. Brandon Graham (PHI) 7.0

4t. Jason Pierre-Paul (TB) 6.5

4t. Khalil Mack (CHI) 6.5

4t. T.J. Watt (PIT) 6.5

- Tampa Bay’s first sack of the day came with 11:20 remaining in the first half, as LB Devin White brought down Giants QB Daniel Jones for an 11-yard loss, pushing the Giants out of field-goal range. White has 5.0 sacks on the season, with all five coming over the previous three games.

MOST SACKS – WEEKS 6-8 OF THE 2020 NFL SEASON

Rank Player (Team) Sacks

1t. Devin White (TB) 5.0

1t. Malik Reed (DEN) 5.0

3. Brandon Graham (PHI) 4.0

4t. Nine Players Tied 3.0

- The team’s third and final sack came from DL Ndamukong Suh, who pushed his sack total to 4.0 on the season. As a team, the Buccaneers have 28.0 sacks in 2020 – tied for the second-most in the NFL.

NFL TEAM SACK LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Team Sacks

1. Pittsburgh Steelers 30.0

2t. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28.0

2t. Philadelphia Eagles 28.0

4. Los Angeles Rams 25.0

5. Baltimore Ravens 24.0

- After a 25-23 win, the Buccaneers maintain the second-best point differential of any team this season, with a +82 differential.

POINT DIFFERENTIAL – 2020 NFL SEASON

Rank Team Point Differential

1. Kansas City Chiefs +101

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers +82

3. Baltimore Ravens +71

4. Pittsburgh Steelers +69

5. Indianapolis Colts +62

- Tampa Bay’s 247 points are its most through eight games in team history.

MOST POINTS SCORED THROUGH EIGHT GAMES – TEAM HISTORY

Rank Season Points

1. 2020 Buccaneers 247

2. 2019 Buccaneers 230

3. 2018 Buccaneers 229

4. 2012 Buccaneers 226

5. 2000 Buccaneers 205

- WR Jaydon Mickens hauled in a career-high five receptions in the game, tallying 36 yards receiving.