There are just two weeks left of another miserable season for the Buccaneers. They take their 5-9 record to Dallas this Sunday to take on the NFC East-leading Cowboys. Tampa Bay isn’t necessarily without anything to play for, as left tackle Demar Dotson said after last week’s loss to the Ravens. No, he wasn’t talking about playing for the job of Dirk Koetter. He was talking about playing for his own job, which is an approach that many guys could and should be taking in the next two weeks.
Aside from roster spots and pride, some guys on the field will have a chance to break (or get closer to breaking) some franchise records. Let’s see where things stand as the Bucs head into Dallas on Christmas Eve Eve.
Mike Evans has 383 receptions in his career, leaving him 48 away from owning the franchise record. The top spot is currently held by James Wilder (430).
Career Passing Yards
Jameis Winston has plenty of work to do to get to the franchise record for career passing yards, though he will fall shy if the Bucs decide to cut him after the season. He stands at 13,947 right now, which means he needs 874 to pass Vinny Testaverde (14,820) for the top spot.
Winston moved from fourth to second last week for career completions. He has 1,127, which means he needs 18 more to take the franchise record from Josh Freeman (1,144).
Career Passing Attempts
With 1,839 passing attempts, Winston ranks fifth in team history. He is 52 away from passing Doug Williams (1,890) for fourth.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
For career rushign touchdowns, Winston now shares 14th place all-time with Peyton Barber. Both guys have nine rushing scores, leaving them two away from passing Michael Pittman (10) for 13th.
Jacquizz Rodgers is still stuck in a 29th-place tie with three rushing touchdowns. He would pull into a tie for 26th with one more.
Lavonte David got closer to third in career tackles last week. He now stands at 631, which means he needs 50 more to pass Hardy Nickerson (680).
Gerald McCoy finally passed Tanard Jackson for sole possession of 22nd in franchise history. At 214 tackles, he is 14 away from 21st, which is held by Reuben Davis (227).
McCoy has 54 1⁄2 sacks in his career, leaving him 15 1⁄2 away from second in team history. Simeon Rice (69 1/2) currently has the No. 2 spot.
Lavonte David is tied for first in franchise history with one safety. He would own the franchise record all by himself with one more.
David is still tied for 17th with 10 career interceptions. One more would tie him with Jermaine Phillips and Jeremiah Castille (11) for 15th.
Career Passes Defended
David and Brent Grimes are still tied for seventh in Bucs history with 38 passes defended. They are five away from beating John Lynch (42) for sixth.
Career Fumble Recoveries
With his fumble recovery against the Ravens, David now has 13 in his career. He gained sole possession of the franchise record, which he previously shared with Ronde Barber.
Career Forced Fumbles
David is third in forced fumbles with 18. He needs two more to pass Simeon Rice (19) for second all-time.
Career Games Played
Sunday is Gerald McCoy’s 122nd game with the Bucs, which brings him into a 13th-place tie with John Cannon. With game No. 122, McCoy will pass Lee Roy Selmon, Chidi Ahanotu and Jimmie Giles (121).
As long as he plays Sunday, Demar Dotson will have 114 career games played. That ties him for 20th-most in team history with Scot Brantley.
Lavonte David will be playing career game No. 104 on Sunday, which will tie him for 32nd in Bucs history with Hardy Nickerson.
Single-Season Receiving Yards
Mike Evans’ 121-yard day against the Ravens on Sunday brought him even closer to the team’s single-season receiving record. He has 1,328 yards this season, so he needs 95 yards over the final two games to break the record that Mark Carrier set at 1,422 in 1989.
Single-Season Total Yards (Team)
The current franchise record for team yards in a season is 6,014, which was set in 2015. With two games left to play in 2018, the Bucs are at 5,832. They need 183 more yards to break the record.
Single-Season Passing Yards (Team)
On Sunday against the Ravens, Jameis Winston helped set a new franchise record for team passing yards in a single season. His 157 yards got Tampa Bay to 4,464 on the year, which beats the previous record of 4,366 that was set last year. This year’s total is split between Winston (2,311) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (2,366). Winston will look to add to the record over the team’s final two games of the season.