The Bucs and their big numbers
The Bucs have been posting up all kinds of impressive numbers this season. Whether it’s running back Doug Martin, quarterback Josh Freeman or the bunches of interceptions grabbed by the defense, the Bucs have put themselves in some select statistical company.
Let’s take a look at a few of the Bucs’ most interesting numbers are through nine games.
QB Josh Freeman: In the past five games, Freeman is the highest-rated third-down passer in the NFL with a 121.2 rating. He’s completed 67.4 percent of his attempts and has no interceptions on third downs during that stretch.
RB Doug Martin: Even after a quiet week, Martin is tied with the Titans’ Chris Johnson for third in rushing with 862 yards. Also, his four runs of 40 yards or longer leads the NFL.
WR Vincent Jackson: His per-catch average of 21.4 yards is tops in the NFL for receivers with more than 20 receptions. Jackson’s four catches of 40 yards or longer is tied for third.
LB Lavonte David: If it seems like David is making every tackle, it’s because he nearly is. David is tied for fourth in the NFL with 81 tackles, second among rookies (Carolina’s Luke Kuechly is first).
The defense: The Bucs struggles in pass defense have overshadowed their ability to get takeaways. Tampa Bay is third in the league with 15 interceptions, trailing only the Bears and Giants. Ronde Barber leads the team with three picks.
Against the run: The Bucs are tops in the NFL, allowing 80.1 rushing yards per game and 3.5 yards per carry.