The Buccaneers will close out their disappointing 2018 season on Sunday with a home matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Most of the talk in Tampa leading up to this game is what is going to happen after it’s over. The coaching staff is presumably on its way out, DeSean Jackson has clearly checked out and will be gone shortly and there are plenty of other changes that could be coming to the roster throughout the offseason.
Before we get to all of that fun offseason talk, there is one more game for the Bucs to play. No matter how frustrating the franchise has been in the last decade-plus, it’s hard to look past any game. Without playoffs, there are only 16 chances a year to watch your favorite team play legitimate games. Sunday is the last one for Bucs fans until next fall. With that said, there are some records and positioning for records that could be impacted during Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium.
Mike Evans has 389 receptions in his career, leaving him second in franchise history. He needs 42 more catches to take the top spot from James Wilder (430).
Career Passing Yards
Jameis Winston is up to 14,283 passing yards in his career, leaving him 538 away from passing Vinny Testaverde (14,820) for the franchise record.
With 34 completions last week against Dallas, Winston claimed the franchise record for career completions. He now has 1,161.
Career Passing Attempts
Winston is still fifth in career passing attempts, but he should be taking fourth on Sunday. He has 1,887, meaning he needs four more to pass Doug Williams (1,890) for fourth.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
With nine rushing touchdowns in their careers, Winston and Peyton Barber are tied for 14th all-time. Both are two away from passing Michael Pittman (10) for 13th.
Jacquizz Rodgers scored his fourth touchdown as a Buc last week, bringing him into a tie for 26th-most in team history. He needs one more to tie for 21st.
Lavonte David has 634 tackles in his career. He needs 47 more to pass Hardy Nickerson (680) for third in Bucs history.
With 215 tackles in his career, Gerald McCoy needs 13 more to take 21st from Reuben Davis (227).
McCoy has 54.5 career sacks, leaving him 15.5 away from passing Simeon Rice (69.5) for second all-time.
With one career safety, Lavonte David is tied for the top spot in franchise history. One more would give him sole possession of the franchise record.
David has 10 interceptions with the Bucs, which ties him for 17th all-time. One more would tie him for 15th, while two more would pull him into a tie for 12th.
Career Passes Defended
David and Brent Grimes remain tied for seventh in passes defended with 38 apiece. Sunday will likely be Grimes’ last chance to move himself up the franchise’s record book, while David should be back in 2019. Both guys are five away from taking sixth from John Lynch (42).
Career Forced Fumbles
With 18 forced fumbles in his time with Tampa Bay, David needs two more to beat Simeon Rice (19) for second all-time.
Career Games Played
Gerald McCoy will be playing in his 123rd game as a Buc on Sunday, which is good for 13th-most in team history.
Playing in his 115th game with Tampa Bay, Demar Dotson will tie Karl “The Truth” Williams for 19th-most in franchise history.
Sunday will be Lavonte David’s 105th game with the Bucs, which ties him for 30th all-time with Jeff Gooch and Ricky Reynolds.
Single-Season Receiving Yards
Mike Evans has 1,418 receiving yards this season. He needs five yards on Sunday to break the team’s single-season receiving yards record, which was set at 1,422 by Mark Carrier in 1989.
Single-Season Total Yards (Team)
Last week, the Bucs set a new team record for offensive yards as a team. They are up to 6,215 this year, beating their previous record of 6,014 (2015). They can add to the new record on Sunday.
Single-Season Passing Yards (Team)
Another record fell last week, as Jameis Winston helped the offense set a new single-season record for team passing yards. Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick have combined for 4,784 passing yards this season, which breaks the old record of 4,366 (2017). Winston (and maybe Ryan Griffin?) can add to the new total on Sunday.