The Buccaneers are 2-1 through three games, which makes this Sunday’s game in Chicago against the Bears a pivotal one. With a win, Tampa Bay heads into its bye week with a 3-1 record. A loss sends the team to 2-2, which would be pretty disappointing after a hot 2-0 start. When the Bucs take the field looking for a win on Sunday, there are some guys on the team that could find themselves inching closer to the top of the franchise’s record book. Let’s see where things stand heading into week four:
Career Receiving Yards
Mike Evans’ 137 yards on Monday against the Steelers moved him up to second all-time in receiving yards, passing Kevin House. At 4,946, Evans needs 73 yards on Sunday to pass Mark Carrier (5,018) for the franchise record.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
With his fourth-quarter score on Monday, Evans passed Jimmie Giles for most career touchdown receptions. He now owns the franchise record at 35 and will look to add to that on Sunday.
Evans is still working his way toward the top spot as far as receptions go. He has 332 in his career, so he needs 99 more to earn the franchise record, which is currently held by James Wilder (430).
Career Passing Yards
Jameis Winston is back from his suspension, but it’s unclear as to who will start at quarterback on Sunday in Chicago. If it’s Winston, he’ll have his first shot of the year at pushing his name up in the record book. He currently stands at fifth in passing yards with 11,636. He is 1,013 away from taking the fourth spot from Doug Williams (12,648).
Career Passing Touchdowns
Winston is also fifth in career passing touchdowns with 69. He needs two to pass Trent Dilfer (70) for fourth and five to take third from Doug Williams (73).
Winston is fifth in completions with 939. With 102 more, he passes Brad Johnson (1,040) for fourth all-time.
Career Passing Attempts
Winston is sixth in passing attempts with 1,544. He needs 140 more to pass Brad Johnson (1,683) for fifth.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
Things stand the same as they have all season in the rushing touchdowns category. With one more, Peyton Barber gets up to a tie for 20th, while two ties him for 16th.
Jacquizz Rodgers needs one to tie for 25th, two to tie for 20th and three to tie for 16th.
Winston is currently tied with James Owens (eight) for 14th in franchise history. One rushing score would give him sole possession of 14th, while three would allow him to pass Michael Pittman for 13th.
With eight tackles against the Steelers, Lavonte David is up to 567 in his career. He still needs 113 more to pass Hardy Nickerson (680) for third all-time.
Kwon Alexander took sole possession of 15th all-time after picking up five on Monday. He now has 253 and with 14 more, he passes Donnie Abraham (266) for 14th.
Gerald McCoy had one tackle against Pittsburgh to give him 205 in his career, which is good for sole possession of 24th. With two more, he gets by Simeon Rice (206) for 23rd.
McCoy had 1⁄2 sack against the Steelers. He is still third all-time with 50, needing 20 more to pass Simeon Rice (69 1/2) for second.
Lavonte David remains tied for most career safeties with one.
David has 10 career interceptions, which ties him for 17th in franchise history. One more pulls him into a tie for 15th, while two more ties him for 12th.
Career Passes Defended
David and Brent Grimes are tied for fifth in passes defended with 35. Both are 18 away from passing Aqib Talib (52) for fourth.
Career Fumble Recoveries
David is tied with Ronde Barber for most fumble recoveries in franchise history (12). He needs one more to own the record.
Career Forced Fumbles
David has 17 forced fumbles in his career. Three more puts him at second in team history, passing Simeon Rice (19).
Career Games Played
Sunday is set to be Gerald McCoy’s 113th game as a Buc, which would tie him for 20th all-time with James Wilder and Mark Cotney.
Demar Dotson is about to play his 104th game with Tampa Bay, which ties him with Hardy Nickerson for 31st in franchise history.
Sunday will be David’s 95th game, which ties him for 45th with Barrett Ruud.