STAT OF THE WEEK

December 15 - It's amazing that the Bucs have thrown the ball over 450 times and only have 10 passing touchdowns to show for it. What's more amazing is that the wide receivers have only accounted for three of the Bucs' 10 passing touchdowns.

Tampa Bay's passing game has been on full throttle this season due to the lack of a consistent running game and with the team trailing early in some games. Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson has already set some personal and club records this season, and is pace to shatter some more.

But one of his mind-boggling stats that is of the negative variety is his 10 touchdown passes despite an NFC-high 455 pass attempts. That means Johnson is finding the end zone on only one out of every 45.5 pass attempts this season. What's even more amazing is that the Bucs wide receivers have only accounted for three touchdowns through 12 games. Jacquez Green caught a touchdown pass against Tennessee, Frank Murphy caught one against Pittsburgh and Keyshawn Johnson finally got his first score of the season against the Detroit Lions last week.

To put that in perspective, two rookie receivers have more touchdown catches than the Bucs wide receiving corps combined. Miami's Chris Chambers has seven, Washington's Rod Gardner has four touchdowns, and Cleveland rookie Quincy Morgan and Chicago rookie David Terrell aren't far behind with two TDs apiece.

Tight end Dave Moore leads the team in touchdown catches with three, followed by tailback Warrick Dunn, who has two TD grabs and fullback Mike Alstott, who has one receiving score.


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