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Explosive Plays

by Roland Johnson on September 10, 2011

After finishing the 2009 season ranked 20th with 40 pass completions of 20+ yards, five of which resulted in touchdowns, the Buccaneers, led by QB Josh Freeman, recorded 49 completions of 20+ yards in 2010 with 10 of those going for scores. The team finished with the seventh-most pass completions of 20+ yards and tied for the second-most 20+ yard touchdown passes in the NFC. From 2000-09, the Bucs averaged just 37 receptions of 20 or more yards per season.

The Buccaneers were also one of six teams in the NFL, and one of two teams in the NFC, to have six different players catch a pass of 40+ yards (San Diego, 8; Oakland and Seattle, 7; Baltimore and Cleveland, 6) last season.

2010 NFC MOST 20+ YARD COMPLETIONS
Rank Team 20+ Yd Comp.
1. Philadelphia 61
2. Dallas 57
2. Green Bay 57
2. N.Y. Giants 57
5. San Francisco 53
6. Washington 51
7. Tampa Bay 49
8. Minnesota 47
8. New Orleans 47
10. Arizona 44

2010 NFC MOST 20+ YARD TD PASSES
Rank Team 20+ Yd TD Passes
1. N.Y. Giants 14
2. Green Bay 10
2. New Orleans 10
2. Philadelphia 10
2. Tampa Bay 10

The team also dramatically increased their number of long runs, recording 63 rushes of 10+ yards to rank fourth in the NFL last season after recording just 43 and 41, respectively, in the past two seasons. RB LeGarrette Blount led the way for Tampa Bay recording 32 of those runs, while Freeman finished second on the team with 16. The Bucs also had 16 rushes of 20+ yards and two runs of 50+ yards, both tying for the fourth most in the NFL.

2010 NFL MOST 10+ YARD RUNS
Rank Team 10+ Yd Runs
1. Philadelphia 73
2. Kansas City 72
3. Jacksonville 67
4. Tampa Bay 63
5. Oakland 61

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