Let’s take a look at some interesting, and very unflattering numbers, from Tampa Bay’s 31-15 loss to Dallas on Saturday night.
The Bucs fell behind 28-0 in the first half after allowing 41 unanswered points to Jacksonville last week. The 69 consecutive points allowed are the second-highest total in franchise history. The worst was in 1976 when the Bucs allowed 79 straight points in a three-game span, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The last NFL team to give up more than 69 consecutive points was the Titans, who allowed 76 in 2009.
After a slow start, receiver Mike Williams had seemed to step up his production in the previous three games. That ended Saturday night. Williams did not catch a pass. He wasn’t even targeted. Yeah, that’s just what you want out of your supposed No. 1 receiver.
Quarterback Josh Freeman threw 16 of his 27 passes fewer than 5 yards downfield, according to ESPN Stats & Information and averaged just 6.1 air yards per throw overall. On passes of 11 or more yards downfield, Freeman didn’t complete any of the six he attempted.
Speaking of Freeman, let’s compare this year’s stats to last season’s. This year, Freeman has 13 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, averages 6.5 yards per attempt and has 220 rushing yards. In last year’s 10-6 season, Freeman had 25 touchdowns, six interceptions, averaged 7.28 yards per attempt and had 364 rushing yards.