NEW ORLEANS – We haven’t had a chance to do this very much this season, but it’s time to throw out some positive statistical nuggets on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s what happens when you win.
The Buccaneers became the team with the fewest victories (two) entering a game to defeat a team with at least 13 wins in NFL history.
Tampa Bay’s comeback (the Saints led 17-0) was the second biggest comeback in franchise history. The Bucs rallied from a 24-3 deficit to defeat Kansas City, 30-27, last season.
The Bucs ran for a season-high 176 yards. The most impressive part of that is they gained 114 rushing yards in the second half and overtime.
Cadillac Williams rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. The Bucs are 11-0 when Williams has 22 or more carries in a game and 8-1 when he rushes for 100 or more yards.
The Bucs have been getting bashed for their personnel moves since coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik took over. But give Dominik and personnel executive Doug Williams credit making a great move this week. With return men Clifton Smith and Sammie Stroughter on injured reserve, they went out and signed Micheal Spurlock in the middle of last week. He stepped in and finished with two punt returns for 80 yards, including a touchdown. He also returned five kickoffs for 116 yards.
Morris now has two victories in December. That’s precisely two more than Jon Gruden had last December.