Bucs by the Numbers

200 – Consecutive starts by Buccaneers’ and NFL Ironman, Ronde Barber. It is the longest active regular season game streak in the NFL and the most recorded by a defensive back in history. Last night celebrated this milestone, and Barber answered the call by providing two passes defended, five total tackles, one sack and an interception.

10 – Rushing yards allowed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, tying the team’s single-game record. The Bucs held Panthers QB Cam Newton to four yards on five carries, and RB DeAngelo Williams was dropped for -1 yards on six carries. For the record, in 2011, Carolina was third in the league with 150.5 rushing yards per game.

37 – Minutes that Tampa Bay controlled the ball. Tampa Bay rushed the ball 36 times on the night for 130 yards, 95 of them coming from rookie RB Doug Martin.  Thanks to two defensive turnovers and allowing only two 3rd down conversions, Tampa controlled possession throughout the game.

18 – Consecutive field goals made by Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth, the longest streak in Buccaneer history and the longest active streak in the NFL. He made three against the Panthers, from 20-, 36- and 40-yards out.

1 – Win. When it comes down to it, it’s the number that matters the most. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin their season with a win at home, defeating the Carolina Panthers 16-10.

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