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Bucs by the numbers

By BRUCE LOWITT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 6, 2002

0-4: Worst preseason record (1986, finished 2-14; 1988 finished 5-11).

1: Months in which they have an overall winning record (August: 1-0). The rest: September, 38-58; October, 27-74; November, 42-66; December, 38-55; January, 2-2.

1: Defensive touchdowns needed by Ronde Barber to break his tie at four with Dave Logan (1979-86) and Mike Washington (1976-84).

1: Position in the division standings they would have been in had there been an NFC South in 2001, assuming the same records (Bucs 9-7; Saints 7-9; Falcons 7-9; Panthers 1-15).

2: Teams against whom they have a winning postseason record (Detroit, 1-0; Washington, 1-0).

3: All-time rank of Warren Sapp in sacks by a defensive tackle in a season (161/2 in 2000), behind Keith Millard, Minnesota (18 in 1989) and La'Roi Glover, New Orleans (17 in 2000).

4: Consecutive home-opening wins by Jon Gruden.

4: Seasons with 40 or more receptions by tight end Ken Dilger.

4-0: Best preseason record (1999, finished 11-5, lost to St. Louis in NFC Championship game; 1983, finished 2-14).

5: Teams they have a winning regular-season record against (Atlanta, 9-8; Baltimore, 1-0; Buffalo, 5-2; Carolina, 2-1; Cincinnati, 4-3).

5: Consecutive home-opening wins.

8-13: Record in overtime coin-tosses.

10-10-1: Record in overtime games.

11-13: Record in prime-time TV games.

12: Postseason quarters since the Bucs' last touchdown (fourth quarter vs. Washington, Jan. 15, 2000).

18: Rushing yards Mike Alstott needs to reach 4,000 (regular season).

18-22: Overall record vs. new NFC South opponents: (Atlanta, 9-8; Carolina, 2-1; New Orleans, 7-13)

23: Games in which Brad Johnson rallied his team to a win when trailing after three quarters.

25: All-time Bucs from Southern Cal, one more than from Florida and Florida State.

68: Yards Brad Johnson needs to reach 1,000 cumulative yards sacked (regular season).

71-118: Overall record vs. old NFC Central teams (Chicago, 15-33; Detroit, 22-26; Green Bay, 17-28; Minnesota, 17-31)

78: Yards on kickoff returns needed by Aaron Stecker to reach 1,000.

86: Yards, longest kickoff return (Aaron Stecker, vs. New Orleans, 2001).

95: Yards, longest punt return (Jacquez Green, TD at Green Bay, 1998).

311: Yards Rob Johnson needs to reach 1,000 yards sacked (regular season).

474: Yards receiving needed by Keenan McCardell to reach 8,000 (regular season).

752: Yards receiving needed by Keyshawn Johnson to reach 7,000 (regular season).

13,208: Miles the Bucs will travel this season.

4,100,000: Dollars to build Tampa Stadium (opened 1967).

168,500,000: Dollars to build Raymond James Stadium (opened 1998).

-- Compiled by Bruce Lowitt.

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