Despite winning their third straight game last week against the Colts, the Buccaneers were eliminated from playoff contention thanks to a Minnesota win over Detroit. With that, Tampa Bay has officially missed the postseason for the 12th consecutive season.
But this week, the Bucs perhaps get a shot at “revenge” against the team that played a role in their elimination just last week. Bruce Arians will lead his guys into Detroit on Sunday for a matchup with the struggling Lions. On the line is a fourth straight victory, which would get Tampa Bay back to .500 at 7-7.
On the individual side, there is plenty left to play for as far as records are concerned. There are some single-season records on the line, while other guys have a chance to continue climbing up the ranks of the franchise’s history. With that in mind, let’s see where things stand heading into Week 15.
Single-Season Passing Yards
With his 456-yard game last week against the Colts, Jameis Winston broke his own single-season franchise record for passing yards, which was previously set at 4,090 in 2016. He now stands at 4,115 with three games to go.
Single-Season Passing Touchdowns
Jameis Winston has 26 touchdown passes this season, leaving him two away from tying his single-season franchise record, which he set at 28 in 2016.
Chris Godwin’s 81 receptions are currently the ninth-most in a single season in Bucs history. With three more, he passes Antonio Bryant (83 in 2008) and Joey Galloway (83 in 2005) for seventh and ties Keenan McCardell (84 in 2003) for sixth. Of course, that means four more pushes him past McCardell and would tie him with James Wilder (85 in 1984) for fifth. He is six away from passing Mark Carrier (86 in 1989) and Mike Evans (86 in 2018) for third-most.
Single-Season Receiving Yards
Chris Godwin is up to 1,212 receiving yards on the year, which is also the ninth-most by a Bucs receiver in a single season. With 13 more, he passes Vincent Jackson (1,224 in 2013) for eighth. He needs 37 more to pass Antonio Bryant (1,248 in 2008) for seventh, and with 55 on Sunday, he takes sixth from Keyshawn Johnson (1,266 in 2001).
A 76-yard day against the Lions would put Godwin ahead of Joey Galloway (1,287 in 2005) for fifth, while 110 yards would get him past Mike Evans (1,321 in 2016) for fourth.
Another monster day out of the third-year receiver could get him even higher on the list. He can pass Vincent Jackson (1,384 in 2012) for third with 173 yards and take second from Mark Carrier (1,422 in 1989) with 211 yards.
Single-Season Receiving Touchdowns
Chris Godwin has nine touchdown catches this season, which ties him for fifth-most in a season. He needs one more to tie Joey Galloway (10 in 2005) for fourth and two more to tie Mike Williams (11 in 2010) for third.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
With a receiving touchdown in last week’s win over Indianapolis, Cameron Brate now has 26 in his Bucs career. He is in sole possession of sixth place all-time, leaving him one away from tying Mark Carrier (27) for fifth.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
Peyton Barber’s 15 career rushing touchdowns have him tied with Lars Tate and Earnest Graham for ninth-most in team history. He needs one more to tie Ricky Bell (16) for eighth.
Jameis Winston picked up the 10th rushing touchdown of his career last week, tying him with Michael Pittman for 14th all-time. He is four away from passing Doug Williams (13) for most rushing scores by a quarterback.
Career Solo Tackles
Lavonte David has 702 tackles in his career, which means he is 327 away from passing Ronde Barber (1,028) for second-most in franchise history.
After a stat change gave him a full sack instead of a half in last week’s game, Shaquil Barrett now has 15.5 this season. He needs one more to tie Warren Sapp’s single-season franchise record of 16.5, which was set in 2000. With 1.5 more over the final three games, Barrett will hold the all-time record.
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Lavonte David is stuck on 22.5 sacks for his career, which places him 14th in Bucs history. He needs one more to pass Santana Dotson and Lee Roy Selmon (23) for 12th and two more to pass Stylez G. White and Marcus Jones (24) for 10th.
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Career Passes Defended*
With 43 passes defended, Lavonte David ranks sixth in franchise history. He is 12 away from passing Aqib Talib (54) for fifth.
*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
Lavonte David is tied for 15th in career interceptions with 11. His next one will tie him with Dwight Smith, Mark Robinson and Jeris White (12) for 12th-most.
Single-Season Forced Fumbles
Shaquil Barrett has six forced fumbles this year, leaving him one shy of the team’s single-season record of seven. With one more, he’ll share the record with Broderick Thomas (seven in 1991) and Stylez G. White (seven in 2007).
Career Forced Fumbles
Lavonte David’s 19 forced fumbles in his career still have him tied with Simeon Rice for second-most in team history. He needs six more to break Derrick Brooks’ record (24).
Career Games Played
Sunday is set to be Demar Dotson’s 128th game with the Bucs, leaving him two away from tying Brian Kelly (130) for 11th-most in franchise history.
With his 119th career game as a Buc this Sunday, Lavonte David will take sole possession of 19th in team history. He’ll then need two more to tie Chidi Ahanotu, Lee Roy Selmon and Jimmie Giles (121) for 16th.