After a disastrous Sunday Night Football performance knocked them out of the NFC South lead last weekend, there’s no doubt that the Buccaneers are itching to get back on the field this Sunday against the Panthers.
Tampa Bay beat Carolina 31-17 at Raymond James Stadium back in Week 2, using a big first half and a strong finish to get its first win of the season. Now, at 6-3, Bruce Arians’ team needs to finish off the season sweep of the Panthers to get that bad taste from last week out of their mouths. Not to mention, sitting at 7-3 heading into games against the Rams and Chiefs feels much different—and much more favorable—than having a 6-4 record heading into those games.
So, it’s obvious that Sunday’s game in Charlotte is a massive one for the Bucs. While you might not be able to call it an absolute must-win, it feels close to it, doesn’t it? The team will surely be focused on bouncing back from last Sunday when it takes the field at Bank of America Stadium, but there will also be some franchise and league history at stake. With that in mind, let’s see where things stand heading into Week 10.
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Rushing Yards
With 1,306 rushing yards in his career, Ronald Jones II is 14th in Bucs history. He needs 540 more to pass Jerry Eckwood (1,845) for 13th.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
Jones has 11 rushing touchdowns in his career, leaving him two away from tying LeGarrette Blount and Doug Williams (13) for 12th-most in team history.
Career Receiving Yards
Chris Godwin’s 3,020 career receiving yards have him 10th in team history. He needs 424 more to pass Gerald Carter (3,443) for ninth.
Cameron Brate has 2,249 receiving yards as a Buc, leaving him 22nd all-time. He is 36 away from passing Mike Alstott (2,284) for 21st.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
With 28 receiving scores in his career, Brate is tied with Joey Galloway for fourth-most in Bucs history. Three more will tie him with Kevin House (31) for third.
Godwin has 19 career receiving touchdowns, which means he’s just one away from tying Vincent Jackson (20) for 10th-most in franchise history.
Godwin is up to 207 receptions in his career. He needs three more to pass Ron Hall (209) for 17th in team history while nine more will put him ahead of Mike Williams (215) for 16th.
Brate has 205 receptions, leaving him two away from passing Courtney Hawkins and Lawrence Dawsey (206) for 19th and tying Godwin for 18th.
Career Total Touchdowns
Mike Evans’ 56 total touchdowns in his career are good for No. 2 in team history. He needs 16 more to take the franchise record from Mike Alstott (71).
Jason Pierre-Paul’s 27.5 sacks as a Buc have him one away from passing Ronde Barber (28) for eighth-most in franchise history.
With 24 sacks in his career, Lavonte David is two away from tying Greg Spires (26) for 11th and 2.5 away from tying Broderick Thomas (26.5) for 10th.
Shaquil Barrett has 23.5 sacks with Tampa Bay, which means he is 0.5 away from tying David for 12th in team history, 2.5 away from tying Spires for 11th and three from tying Thomas for 10th.
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Sacks Through 27 Games With Tampa Bay
The record for sacks through 27 games with the Bucs is currently co-owned by Lee Roy Selmon and Simeon Rice, who both put up 24. Barrett has 23.5 in 25 games, which means he can take the record with one more sack in the next two contests.
Career Passes Defended*
David has 49 passes defended in his career, which leaves him six away from passing Aqib Talib (54) for fifth-most in franchise history.
Career Forced Fumbles
With 22 career forced fumbles, David is three from taking the franchise record from Derrick Brooks (24).
Sunday will be David’s 131st career start, which will officially put him ahead of Warren Sapp (130) for seventh-most in team history. It will also leave him one behind John Lynch (132) for sixth-most.
Career Games Played
Sunday will also be David’s 131st career game played, which will give him sole possession of 11th-most in Bucs history. It will put him one behind Richard “Batman” Wood (132) for 10th.
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Career Touchdown Connections (Regular Season)
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have connected for 81 regular season touchdowns in their careers, which is good for fourth-most in NFL history. They are four away from tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85) for third.
Career Passing Touchdowns (Regular Season)
After last week, Brady once again trails Drew Brees for the all-time regular season passing touchdown lead. He has 561, leaving him four from passing Brees.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Regular Season)
Gronkowski’s 82 regular season receiving touchdowns tie him with Anquan Boldin and Reggie Wayne for 23rd-most in NFL history. One more would give him sole possession of 23rd.
Career Receiving Touchdowns (Including Postseason)
Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has 94 career receiving touchdowns. He is one away from tying Isaac Bruce and Hines Ward (95) for 13th-most in league history.