Did you know?
Only six teams have yielded fewer completions of 20-plus yards than the Bucs. Here are the leaders and number of 20-yard passes allowed:
Seattle Seahawks - 27
Houston Texans - 29
San Francisco 49ers - 32
New Orleans Saints - 35
Cincinnati Bengals - 35
Pittsburgh Steelers - 36
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 38
Cleveland Browns - 38
Stat of the day
In 2012, the Bucs allowed 69 completions of at least 20 yards
Quote of the day
“When you have good coaches, that’s part of the business. Mike is a heck of a football coach, and if that’s something that comes up and there’s something to report, I will report it.’’
— Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, responding to speculation that offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is a candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Army
By the numbers
18: Giveaways by the Bucs this season (7 fumbles, 11 interceptions)
19: Franchise record for fewest giveaways (2010) in a season
81: Punt return yards allowed by St. Louis through 14 games
For the Bucs, DE Da’Quan Bowers (knee) and G Carl Nicks (foot) are out; S Mark Barron (hamstring) is questionable; LB Lavonte David (hamstring), WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), G Davin Joseph (knee) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) are probable.
For the Rams, WR Tavon Austin (ankle) and RB Daryl Richardson (thigh) are questionable; CB Janoris Jenkins (back), T Mike Person (illness) and LB Will Witherspoon (illness) are probable.
Sunday: at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Dec. 29: at New Orleans, 1 p.m.