With some help from ESPN Stats & Information, Elias Sports Bureau and the Tampa Bay media relations office, here are some superlatives on the Buccaneers after Sunday’s win against Arizona.
The Bucs are 3-0 on the road for the first time since 2008.
Rookie running back LeGarrette Blount ran for a career-high 120 yards. He also scored two touchdowns to become the first Tampa Bay rookie to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Cadillac Williams in 2005.
Aqib Talib had two interceptions to give him five for the season. That makes him the first player in team history to have at least four interceptions in three straight seasons since Donnie Abraham did it from 1999 through 2001.
Talib and linebacker Geno Hayes each returned interceptions for touchdowns. That gives the Bucs 35 defensive touchdowns since 2000. Only Green Bay and Tennessee, which each have 36, have scored more defensive touchdowns in that span.
Rookie receiver Mike Williams had a career-high 105 receiving yards. It marked the first time a Tampa Bay receiver went over 100 yards since Antonio Bryant on Dec. 6, 2009. Williams also had a touchdown catch, giving him four for the season. The only Tampa Bay rookie receivers to have more touchdown catches in a season were Michael Clayton (seven) in 2004 and Kevin House (five) in 1980.
In only 16 career games, quarterback Josh Freeman now has led six fourth-quarter comebacks. In those victories, Freeman had completed 39 of 57 passes for five touchdowns and no interceptions.