Josh Freeman is up for the NFL’s Air Player of the Week award after really airing it out against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday. Among the big numbers and milestone accomplishments in the Bucs’ 38-10 win were Freeman’s first 300-yard game of the year; his first three-TD game of the year; the team’s third-highest net yardage total in a home game; a mark of 12.62 yards per pass attempt that ranked third in team annals; and a season-best 6.0 yards per carry in the ground game.
One number that snuck through all the notes dispersal, however, was this one: 9.1. That’s the average number of yards the Buccaneers’ offense was able to gain per play on Sunday. That’s just shy of a first down on every snap, on average, and if that sounds like an impressive number, it is. In fact, it’s the single-best per-play mark the Buccaneers have ever managed in a game.
In 568 previous regular-season games, the Buccaneers had never managed to break nine yards per play before. Here are the top average-gain-per play performances in franchise history:
|1. vs. Kansas City, 10/14/12||463||51||9.08|
|2. vs. Minnesota, 10/29/00||413||49||8.43|
|3. at Miami 10/20/85||476||57||8.35|
|4. at Indianapolis, 10/16/88||483||59||8.20|