The Buccaneers picked up their third straight victory this past Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, improving to 3-1 to stay atop the NFC South standings. However, they didn’t have much time to celebrate, as a trip to Chicago for some Thursday Night Football made for a short week.
Tampa Bay is certainly dealing with some injury problems right now, and the short week didn’t help that at all. But even with those injuries in mind, the Bucs still come into this game against the 3-1 Bears as road favorites. A victory would be huge for Bruce Arians’ team, as it would help them get to 4-1 heading into a couple of extra days off prior to its Week 6 matchup against the Packers. And considering Green Bay is off this week, it would be a much better feeling heading into that showdown coming off of a fourth straight win.
Wins and losses aside, there’s more at stake for plenty of individuals on Tampa Bay’s roster when they take the field against Chicago. Let’s see where things stand history-wise heading into this primetime matchup between two former NFC Central rivals.
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Rushing Yards
With his 111-yard rushing game against the Chargers last Sunday, Ronald Jones II now has 1,021 in his career, ranking him 17th in Bucs history. He now needs 24 more to pass Jameis Winston (1,044) for 16th and 36 more to pass Lars Tate (1,056) for 15th. A 139-yard day against Chicago would not only be a career-high—it would also help him take 14th from Gary Anderson (1,159).
Career Rushing Touchdowns
Jones has eight rushing touchdowns in his career, tying him for 16th-most with James Owens. He needs three more to pass Michael Pittman and Jameis Winston (10) for 14th.
Career Receiving Yards
Cameron Brate is up to 2,159 receiving yards in his career, which ranks 23rd in team history. He is 59 away from taking 22nd from Jacquez Green (2,217).
Career Receiving Touchdowns
With his first-quarter touchdown grab against Los Angeles on Sunday, Brate finally got his 28th career touchdown catch. With that, he officially passed Mark Carrier for fifth and tied Joey Galloway for fourth-most in franchise history.
Brate has 196 catches in his career, leaving him 11 away from passing Lawrence Dawsey and Courtney Hawkins (206) for 18th in Bucs history.
Career Touchdowns (Total)
Mike Evans scored his 54th career touchdown on Sunday against the Chargers. With 18 more, he’ll own the franchise record for total touchdowns, which is currently held by Mike Alstott (71).
Passing Touchdowns Through Five Games of a Season
Through the first four games of this season, Tom Brady has 11 passing touchdowns. With two on Thursday against the Bears, he will pass Brad Johnson (12 in 2003) for most passing scores through five games of a season (Buccaneers Communications).
Passing Yards Through Five Games of a Season
Brady has totaled 1,122 passing yards in the first four games, meaning a 250-yard passing game on Thursday would give him the most by a Buccaneer quarterback through five games of a season. That record is currently held by Jameis Winston, who threw for 1,371 yards in the first five weeks of the 2019 season (Buccaneers Communications).
Consecutive Games Holding Opponents Under 50 Rushing Yards
The Buccaneer defense has allowed under 50 rushing yards in two straight games, tying a franchise record. If they can do so again against the Bears, it will mark a new record (Buccaneers Communications).
Consecutive Games Holding Opponents Under 100 Rushing Yards
Going back to 2019, Tampa Bay’s defense has held opponents under 100 rushing yards in 10 straight games. That’s already a team record, so doing it again on Thursday would extend it to 11. The last team to put up such a streak of at least 11 was the 2014 Detroit Lions (Buccaneers Communications).
Jason Pierre-Paul has 24 sacks as a Buc, which means he is two away from tying Greg Spires (26) for 10th-most in Bucs history. He needs 2.5 to tie Broderick Thomas (26.5) for ninth.
Both Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett have 22.5 sacks in their Tampa Bay careers, leaving them 3.5 away from tying Spires for 10th and four away from tying Thomas for ninth.
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Sacks Through 27 Games With Tampa Bay
Lee Roy Selmon and Simeon Rice share the team record for most sacks through 27 games with the Bucs (24). Through 20 games, Barrett has 22.5 sacks, so he needs two more in the next seven games to own the record for himself.
Career Passes Defended*
With another pass defended on Sunday, David brought his career total to 48. He is seven away from passing Aqib Talib (54) for fifth-most in Bucs history.
*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
Career Forced Fumbles
David’s 22 career forced fumbles rank him second in franchise history, and he needs just three more to own the team record that is currently held by Derrick Brooks (24).
Thursday night will mark David’s 126th career start, helping him inch closer to Warren Sapp (130), who has the seventh-most in team history.
Career Games Played
Thursday will also be David’s 126th career game, which moves him into sole possession of 13th in franchise history and leaves him four behind Brian Kelly and Demar Dotson (130) for 11th.
**Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications**
All-Time Passing Touchdowns (Regular Season)
With five passing scores against the Chargers, Brady brought his career regular season total to 552. He is three behind Drew Brees for the league record, though he already owns the record for most combined passing touchdowns between the regular season and postseason.
300-Yard Passing Games (Regular Season)
Sunday was Brady’s 93rd regular season 300-yard passing game, giving him sole possession of second-most in NFL history. He officially passed Peyton Manning (92), but he’s a distant second behind Brees.
Touchdown Connections (Regular Season)
In the regular season, Brady and Rob Gronkowski have connected 78 touchdowns. With one more, they’ll tie Dan Marino and Mark Clayton (79) for fourth-most regular season touchdown connections in league history.
Regular Season Wins
With Sunday’s victory, Brady took first-place for all-time regular season wins by a player (222). He will look to build on that against Chicago.
Regular Season Receiving Yards by a Tight End
Gronkowski has 7,949 regular season receiving yards in his career. He needs 32 more to pass Ozzie Newsome (7,980) for seventh in NFL history.
Receiving Yards by a Tight End (Including Playoffs)
Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has 9,112 receiving yards in his career. That leaves him 84 away from passing Greg Olsen (9,195) for fifth-most all-time. Olsen, however, is still active.
Receiving Touchdowns (Including Playoffs)
Between the regular season and postseason, Gronkowski has 91 career touchdown catches. One more will give him sole possession of 14th place in NFL history, which he currently shares with Reggie Wayne.