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Notes and stats from the Buccaneers 38-3 loss to the Saints

There are always positives.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

- The Buccaneers generated two takeaways on Sunday, on a pair of forced fumbles, pushing their season total to 16. Tampa Bay’s 16 takeaways this season rank first in the NFL through Sunday’s Week 9 action.

NFL TEAM TAKEAWAY LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Team TA

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16

2t. New York Giants 15

2t. Pittsburgh Steelers 15

4. Seven Teams Tied 14

- With the Saints approaching the end zone with 3:46 remaining in the first quarter, S Jordan Whitehead knocked the ball loose from Saints TE Jared Cook, forcing his first career fumble. Whitehead also added a career-high two tackles for loss. The fumble was picked up by LB Lavonte David, who leads the NFL with 16 fumble recoveries since entering the league in 2012.

NFL OPP. FUMBLE RECOVERY LEADERS – SINCE 2012

Rank Player Opp. FR

1. Lavonte David (TB) 16

2. J.J. Watt (HOU) 14

3. Julius Peppers (Retired) 12

4t. Fletcher Cox (PHI) 11

4t. Justin Houston (IND) 11

- The second forced fumble by the Tampa Bay defense came on a third-quarter sack by OLB Shaquil Barrett, giving him 4.0 sacks on the season. The fumble was recovered by S Mike Edwards and returned 31 yards. Barrett’s seven forced fumbles dating back to the start of the 2019 season rank tied for third in the NFL during that span.

NFL FORCED FUMBLE LEADERS – SINCE 2019

Rank Player (Team) FF

1t. Chandler Jones (ARI) 8

1t. T.J. Watt (PIT) 8

3t. Shaquil Barrett (TB) 7

3t. Khalil Mack (CHI) 7

5. Five Players Tied 6

- With Barrett’s sack, the Buccaneers have now gotten to the opposing quarterback 29.0 times in 2020 – the second-most sacks in the NFL this season.

NFL TEAM SACK LEADERS – 2020 SEASON

Rank Player Sacks

1. Pittsburgh Steelers 32.0

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29.0

3. Philadelphia Eagles 28.0

4. Washington Football Team 27.0

5. Los Angeles Rams 25.0

- K Ryan Succop converted a 48-yard field goal with 5:52 remaining in the game. Succop is 16-of-18 on field-goal attempts in 2020 (.889). He has scored 74 points on the season, tying for the third-most in the NFL. His 74 points are also tied for the third-most by a Buccaneers kicker through nine games in team history.

MOST POINTS BY A KICKER – 2020 SEASON

Rank Player (Team) Kick Points

1. Younghoe Koo (ATL) 81

2. Joey Slye (CAR) 76

3t. Ryan Succop (TB) 74

3t. Tyler Bass (BUF) 74

3t. Randy Bullock (CIN) 74

3t. Daniel Carlson (LV) 74

- DL William Gholston set a career high with three tackles for loss, which led the team.

- LB Devin White led the team with 14 tackles. He has five games with 10-or-more tackles this season, which are tied for the second-most such games in the NFL this season.

MOST GAMES WITH 10-OR-MORE TACKLES – 2020 SEASON

Rank Player (Team) Games

1. Eric Kendricks (MIN) 6

2t. Devin White (TB) 5

2t. Zach Cunningham (HOU) 5

2t. Jaylon Smith (DAL) 5

2t. Bobby Wagner (SEA) 5

- In his first game with Tampa Bay, WR Antonio Brownrecorded three receptions for 31 yards receiving.