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Buccaneers record book watch: Week 14

Which players can inch closer to breaking some of Tampa Bay’s franchise records during Sunday’s game against the Saints?

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The Buccaneers have won their last two games to get themselves to 5-7, reviving some playoff hopes. There’s plenty at stake when Tampa Bay takes the field against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. For starters, a win would bring the Bucs to 6-7, which keeps them in the playoff hunt for another week. A victory would also be their third straight over the Saints, and it would make for a season sweep of their division rival for the first time since 2007.

As far as individual stakes go, some on the Tampa Bay roster are close to history. Others are still far away, but can inch closer to some of the franchise’s records on Sunday. Let’s check in on where things stand heading into this weekend’s crucial game.

Career Receptions

Mike Evans has 375 receptions in his career, which leaves him 56 away from owning the franchise record. James Wilder (430) currently holds the top spot.

Career Passing Yards

Jameis Winston is up to 13,577 passing yards in his career. With his 249 yards last week against the Panthers, the 24-year-old is second in team history. He needs 1,244 more yards to pass Vinny Testaverde (14,820) for the record.

Career Passing Touchdowns

Winston’s second touchdown pass last week was the 81st of his career, which set a new team record. Josh Freeman (80) held the old record.

Career Completions

Winston has 1,096 completions in his career, which places him fourth in the team’s record book. He needs 22 more to pass Trent Dilfer (1,117) for third.

Career Passing Attempts

With 1,776 passing attempts, Winston is still fifth in team history. He is 115 away from passing Doug Williams (1,890) for fourth.

Career Rushing Touchdowns

Winston has nine rushing touchdowns in his career. He is two away from passing Michael Pittman (10) for 13th all-time.

Peyton Barber is inching closer to Winston. With eight touchdowns, he is tied with James Owens for 15th in franchise history. With two more, Barber passes Winston and ties Pittman for 13th.

Jacquizz Rodgers has three rushing scores in his Buccaneer career. He needs one more to tie three other players for 26th.

Career Tackles

Lavonte David is up to 612 career tackles, which still ranks him fourth in Bucs history. He needs 69 more to pass Hardy Nickerson (680) for third.

Gerald McCoy is tied with Tanard Jackson (212) for 22nd all-time. He takes sole possession of 22nd with one tackle on Sunday.

Career Sacks

McCoy has 54 12 sacks in his career. He sits in third all-time, needing 15 12 more to pass Simeon Rice (69 1/2) for second.

Career Safeties

Lavonte David’s one career safety has him tied for the franchise record. He can own the record by himself with one more safety.

Career Interceptions

With 10 interceptions, David is tied for 17th in franchise history. One more ties him with Jermaine Phillips and Jeremiah Castille for 15th.

Career Passes Defended

With one pass defended last week, David tied Brent Grimes for seventh in franchise history. Both guys have 38 in their Tampa Bay careers, so Sunday will be a chance for one of them to get some separation. They are both five passes defended from passing John Lynch (42) for sixth.

Career Fumble Recoveries

David is tied with Ronde Barber for first in team history with 12 fumble recoveries. One more gives him sole possession of the record.

Career Forced Fumbles

David’s 18 forced fumbles have him third all-time. He is two away from taking second from Simeon Rice (19).

Career Games Played

As long as he suits up on Sunday, Gerald McCoy will have played 120 games in his career. He’ll still be 17th in team history, but it would bring him one away from tying Chidi Ahanotu, Jimmie Giles and Lee Roy Selmon for 14th.

If Demar Dotson can play on Sunday, it will be his 112th career game. That would tie him with Donald Penn for 23rd.

Sunday will be Lavonte David’s 102nd career game. That gives him sole possession of 33rd.

Single-Season Receiving Yards

Mike Evans has 1,121 yards this season. He is 302 away from breaking the single-season franchise record, which was set at 1,422 by Mark Carrier in 1989. Evans needs to average 75.5 yards per game over the final four games of the season to break the record.

Single-Season Receiving Touchdowns

Evans already holds the single-season record for touchdown catches. His 12 scores in 2014 and 2016 stands as the most in team history. Evans, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries all have five this season. To break the record, one of them would have to average two touchdowns per game the rest of the way.

Single-Season Sacks

Jason Pierre-Paul has 11 12 sacks this season, leaving him 5 12 away from breaking Warren Sapp’s single-season record of 16 12 (set in 2000).

Single-Season Total Yards (Team)

The Bucs have totaled 5,312 yards as a team this season. The franchise records for yards in one season is 6,014, which was set in 2015. The offense needs 703 more yards over the final four games to break the record. That averages out to just 175.75 yards per game.

Single-Season Passing Yards (Team)

Buccaneer quarterbacks have combined for 4,134 passing yards this season. The single-season record for team passing yards was set last year at 4,366. With 233 yards through the air on Sunday, the Bucs would have a new record.