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Notes and highlights from the Buccaneers 35-22 win over the Falcons

Lots to like from Week 12.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports


- WR Mike Evans caught four passes for 50 yards in today’s game, bringing his season total to 1,043 receiving yards his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. He joins Randy Moss as the only two players in NFL history to record 1,000 or more receiving yards in each of their first six seasons. He also extended his Buccaneers team records with six 1,000-yard receiving seasons and six consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

- Evans now has 7,146 career receiving yards, surpassing A.J. Green (7,135), for the seventh-most receiving yards through a players’ first six seasons in NFL history.


Rank Player Rec, Yards

1. Randy Moss (MIN) 8,375

2. Torry Holt (STL) 8,156

3. Jerry Rice (SF) 7,866

4. Calvin Johnson (DET) 7,836

5. Julio Jones (ATL) 7,610

6. DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) 7,437

7. Mike Evans (TB) 7,146

8. A.J. Green (CIN) 7,135

9. Antonio Brown (PIT) 7,093

10. Marvin Harrison (IND) 7,078

- WR Chris Godwin had seven receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns in today’s contest, including a career-long 71-yard touchdown reception. He now has nine touchdown receptions on the season and 18 in his career.

- The 184 yards receiving secured a new career high for Godwin and are the seventh-most in a single game in franchise history.

- Godwin surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his NFL career. In addition, he surpassed 150 yards receiving in a game for the third time this season. Evans and Godwin are the first pair of receivers in NFL history to each have three games with 150-plus receiving yards in a single season.

- Evans and WR Chris Godwin are the second ever pair of Buccaneers receivers to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in the same season with Evans (1,051) and Vincent Jackson (1,002) to do so in 2014.

- The Buccaneers’ 97-yard touchdown drive in the opening quarter that ended in Godwin’s 71-yard touchdown marked their longest of the season and tied for the fifth-longest touchdown drive in franchise history.

- Godwin and Evans both rank among the top five in team history for receiving yards receiving touchdowns and receptions through 11 games.


Rank Player (Season) Rec. Yards

1. Mike Evans (2018) 1,073

2. Chris Godwin (2019) 1,071

3. Mike Evans (2019) 1,043

4. Mike Evans (2016) 1,020

5. Joey Galloway (2005) 1,000


Rank Player (Season) Receiving TD

1. Mike Evans (2016) 10

2. Chris Godwin (2019) 9

3t. Mike Evans (2014) 8

3t. Bruce Hill (1988) 8

4t. Mike Evans (2019) 7

4t. Four Others Tied 7


Rank Player (Season) Receptions

1. Keyshawn Johnson (2001) 83

2. Mike Evans (2016) 73

3. Chris Godwin (2019) 70

4t. Mike Evans (2019) 62

4t. Mike Evans (2018) 62

- QB Jameis Winston earned a 108.2 passer rating, completing 18-of-28 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 41 yards.

- Winston surpassed 300 yards passing for the sixth consecutive game, extending his team-best streak for 300-plus yard passing games.

- His two touchdown passes pushed his season total to 22 – tied for the fifth-most in a single season in team history and tied for the most through 11 games.


Rank Player (Season) TD Passes

1. Jameis Winston (2016) 28

2. Josh Freeman (2012) 27

3. Brad Johnson (2003) 26

4. Josh Freeman (2010) 25

5t. Jameis Winston (2019) 22

5t. Jameis Winston (2015) 22

5t. Brad Johnson (2002) 22

8t. Trent Dilfer (1998) 21

8t. Trent Dilfer (1997) 21

10. Three Players Tied 20


Rank Player (Season) TD Passes

1t. Jameis Winston (2019) 22

1t. Jameis Winston (2016) 22

3. Josh Freeman (2012) 21

4. Brad Johnson (2003) 20

5. Steve DeBerg (1985) 19

In addition, with 3,391 passing yards, Winston has thrown for the most yards through 11 games by any Buccaneers quarterback in franchise history.


Rank Player (Season) Passing Yards

1. Jameis Winston (2019) 3,391

2. Jameis Winston (2016) 2,900

3. Brad Johnson (2003) 2,763

4. Josh Freeman (2012) 2,761

5. Josh Freeman (2011) 2,715

- DL Vita Vea made his first career touchdown reception, in addition to recording two tackles, two passes defensed and 1.0 sack on the defensive side of the ball. Listed at 347 pounds, Vea became the heaviest player to record a receiving touchdown in NFL history per Pro Football Reference.

- RB Ronald Jones scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season, and sixth of his career, in the third quarter. Jones rushed for a team high 51 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.

- OLB Shaquil Barrett recorded a sack and a forced fumble on Falcons QB Matt Ryan in the second quarter, pushing his sack total to 12.5 on the season and his forced fumble count to five. Barrett’s 12.5 sacks on the year tie him for the sixth-most in a single season in team history. He also had five quarterback hits – a new career high.


Rank Player (Season) Sacks

1. Warren Sapp (2000) 16.5

2. Simeon Rice (2002) 15.5

3. Simeon Rice (2003) 15.0

4. Simeon Rice (2005) 14.0

5. Marcus Jones (2000) 13.0

6t. Shaquil Barret (2019) 12.5

6t. Jason Pierre-Paul (2018) 12.5

6t. Warren Sapp (1999) 12.5

9. Simeon Rice (2004) 12.0

10. Three Players Tied 11.0

- Barret’s 12.5 sacks are the most in franchise history through 11 games.


Rank Player (Season) Sacks

1. Shaquil Barrett (2019) 12.5

2. Simeon Rice (2003) 12.0

3t. Simeon Rice (2002) 11.5

3t. Warren Sapp (2000) 11.5

5. Marcus Jones (2000) 11.0

- OLB Jason Pierre-Paul notched a sack-fumble that was recovered by DL Ndamukong Suh and returned for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Pierre-Paul has 2.5 sacks on the season, while Suh gets his third fumble recovery and second defensive touchdown of the year.

- Suh becomes just the second player in team history with two defensive fumble recoveries returned for a touchdown in the same season (Ronde Barber, 2004).

- CB Jamel Dean had five passes defensed. Dean now leads the team with 13 passes defensed on the year. In addition, Dean has three games with four-or-more passes defensed this season – more such games than any other player in the NFL.

- CB Carlton Davis III notched his first career interception to go along with a career-best five passes defensed, giving him 12 on the season to rank second on the team behind Dean.

- ILB Devin White recorded his first multi-sack game, bringing down Falcons QB Matt Ryan twice in the second quarter. White is the first Buccaneers rookie to have two sacks in a single game since Gerald McCoy at Baltimore on Nov. 28, 2010. He has 2.5 on the year.

- The Buccaneers’ defense finished the game with 16 passes defensed on the day – the most by any team in the NFL this season and the most since the New Orleans Saints’ defense also had 16 vs. Detroit on 10/15/17.

- The 312 points through the first 11 games of the season are the most by a Buccaneers team in franchise history.

MOST POINTS SCORED GAMES 1-11 - (Team History)

Rank Season Points

1. 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 312

2. 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 310

3. 2018 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 294

4. 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 262

5. 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 257