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Notes and stats from the Buccaneers 28-10 win over the Broncos

The offense was clicking.

Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Photo by Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

- On the opening drive of the game, DL Patrick O’Connor blocked and recovered a Broncos punt, recording the team’s first blocked punt since 12/17/15 vs. Chicago (Jeremiah George).

- Starting their first offensive possession on the Broncos 10-yard line, the Buccaneers offense took advantage on a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Tom Brady to WR Chris Godwin. The touchdown was Godwin’s first of the season and 18th of his career. His 10 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons are tied for the seventh-most in the NFL during that span.

- Brady completed 25-of-38 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. All three of his touchdown passes came in the first half, marking the 29th time in his career in which he has thrown three-or-more touchdown passes in a single half, with the last coming in 2019 (2nd Half, Week 13, vs. HOU). Brady has the most games with three-or-more touchdowns and zero interceptions in NFL history (59).

MOST CAREER GAMES WITH 3+ TD, 0 INT (Through Sunday’s 4 p.m. Games)

Rank Player (Current Team) 3 TD, 0 INT Games

1. Tom Brady (TB) 59

2. Drew Brees (NO) 53

3. Peyton Manning (Retired) 51

4. Aaron Rodgers (GB) 47

5. Brett Favre (Retired) 36

- K Ryan Succop knocked in a 43-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter to push Tampa Bay’s lead to 10-0. It was Succop’s first field goal made of 40-or-more yards this season. He added a 35-yard field goal in the second half, going 2-for-2 on field goal attempts in the game.

- Through Week 3, the Buccaneers have outscored their opponents 31-0 in the first quarter. The +31 first-quarter point differential leads the NFL through Sunday’s 4 p.m. games.

- S Antoine Winfield Jr. notched a second-quarter sack of Broncos QB Jeff Driskel, recording his second sack in as many games. He is the first Buccaneers rookie with sacks in back-to-back games since Noah Spence in 2016 (10/23/16-10/30/16). He is the first NFL rookie defensive back to post sacks in consecutive games since L.A. Chargers safety Derwin James in 2018.

- Winfield’s 2.0 sacks this season are tied for the most in the NFL by a defensive back (Seattle S Jamal Adams, Pittsburgh CB Mike Hilton and N.Y. Jets S Marcus Maye).

- Later in the second quarter, OLB Shaquil Barrett and S Jordan Whitehead each recorded sacks, with Whitehead notching the first of his career.

- In the second half, Barrett sacked Driskel in the end zone for his second sack of the day, securing a safety for the Buccaneers. He now has 21.5 sacks in 19 career games with Tampa Bay and his 21.5 sacks are the most in the NFL over the past two seasons.

- The safety was the first recorded by the Buccaneers defense since Robert Ayers on 11/13/16 vs. Chicago. Barrett also finished with a team-high three tackles for loss.

- As a team, Tampa Bay finished with 6.0 sacks coming from Barrett (2.0), OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (1.0), DL Vita Vea (1.0), Whitehead (1.0) and Winfield Jr. (1.0). The Buccaneers joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only two teams to have multiple games with 5.0-or-more sacks in 2020.

- Pierre-Paul has recorded at least 1.0 sack in each of his past five games, tying Simeon Rice (12/2/01-12/29/01) for the third-longest streak in franchise history. He has 3.0 sacks on the season, 24.0 with the Buccaneers and 82.5 in his NFL career.

MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A SACK – TEAM HISTORY (SINCE 1982)

Rank Player (Dates) Streak

1. Simeon Rice (10/20/02-12/1/02) 6

2. Jason Pierre-Paul (9/16/18-10/28/18) 6

3t. Jason Pierre-Paul (12/21/19-Present) 5

3t. Simeon Rice (12/2/01-12/29/01) 5

4t. 14 Others Tied 4

- S Mike Edwards made a fourth-quarter interception in the end zone, returning it 30 yards. It was the first career interception for Edwards.

- The last time Tampa Bay’s defense recorded at least 6.0 sacks and two-or-more interceptions was November 27, 2016 vs. Seattle.

- This season, the Buccaneers have recorded 12.0 sacks, tied for the third-most in the NFL, to go along with four interceptions, tied for the second-most in the NFL.

- Tampa Bay held Denver to 226 net yards, the lowest allowed by a Buccaneers defense dating back to 2015 (216, 11/15/15 vs. Dallas).

- WR Mike Evans hauled in a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter, giving him four on the season and 52 in his career. His 52 touchdown receptions are the most in franchise history.

- Since entering the league in 2014, Evans has 52 receiving touchdowns, tied for the second-most in the NFL during that time.

MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS SINCE 2014 (Through Sunday’s 4 p.m. Games)

Rank Player (Current Team) Rec. TD

1. Antonio Brown (Free Agent) 60

2t. Mike Evans (TB) 52

2t. DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) 52

4. Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE) 49

5. Davante Adams (GB) 46

- Evans has 10 multi-touchdown performances in his career, ranking tied for third in the NFL since 2014.

MOST MULTI-TOUCHDOWN GAMES SINCE 2014 (Through 4 p.m. games on Sunday)

Rank Player (Current Team) Games with 2+ TD

1. Antonio Brown (Free Agent) 15

2. Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE) 11

3t. Mike Evans (TB) 10

3t. DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) 10

5. Davante Adams (GB) 9

- In the third quarter, ILB Lavonte David picked off Driskel for his 12th-career interception, tying for the second most in the NFL by a linebacker since he entered the league in 2012. - David started his 124th game for the Buccaneers, surpassing Gerald McCoy for the eighth-most starts in franchise history.

MOST INTERCEPTIONS BY A LB (SINCE 2012)

Rank Player (Current Team) INT

1. Luke Kuechly (Retired) 18

2t. Lavonte David (TB) 12

2t. Alec Ogletree (NYJ) 12

4t. Seven Players Tied 10

- David’s 12 career interceptions are also the second-most by a linebacker in team history.

MOST INTERCEPTIONS BY A LB – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player (Seasons) INT

1. Derrick Brooks (1995-2008) 25

2. Lavonte David (2012-Present) 12

3. Dave Lewis (1977-81) 10

4t. Cecil Johnson (1977-85) 9

4t. Richard Wood (1976-84) 9

- TE Rob Gronkowski hauled in a season-high six receptions for 48 yards. He now has 610 receptions in his NFL career, tying Vernon Davis for the most receptions by a tight end in NFL history (regular season + postseason combined).

- WR Scotty Miller had a career-best 83 receiving yards on three receptions.