After back-to-back blowout victories have gotten them to 5-2, the Buccaneers will be in the primetime spotlight this week, traveling to the Meadowlands for a Monday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants.
Tampa Bay has a massive Week 9 Sunday Night Football matchup against New Orleans in its sights, but it’s important that Bruce Arians and his team don’t look too far ahead. New York has hung around with just about every team it has played this season and despite its 1-6 record, could pull off the upset if the visitors come in sleeping. The Bucs have talked this week about not allowing that to happen and if everyone stays locked in, this team could be 6-2 and leading the NFC South heading into that game with the Saints.
While the team as a whole will be focused on the final result against the Giants, there are a number of guys who can keep working their way toward franchise and NFL history during this Monday night game. Let’s see where things stand heading into Week 8.
**All statistics and records come from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted.**
Career Rushing Yards
Ronald Jones II now has 1,274 career rushing yards, which is good for 14th-most in team history. He needs 572 more to pass Jerry Eckwood (1,845) for 13th.
Career Rushing Touchdowns
With a rushing touchdown last Sunday against the Raiders, Jones took sole possession of 14th in Bucs history with 11. He passed Michael Pittman and Jameis Winston (10) and now stands two away from tying LeGarrette Blount and Doug Williams (13) for 12th.
Career Receiving Yards
Cameron Brate has totaled 2,214 receiving yards in his career with the Bucs. He needs four more to pass Jacquez Green (2,217) for 22nd-most in franchise history.
Career Receiving Touchdowns
Brate remains tied with Joey Galloway for fourth in franchise history with 28 receiving touchdowns. He needs one more to take sole possession of fourth and three more to tie Kevin House (31) for third.
Brate has 203 receptions in his Bucs career, leaving him one away from tying Chris Godwin (204... and counting, obviously) for 20th and three away from pulling even with Lawrence Dawsey and Courtney Hawkins (206) for 18th. Six more would tie him with Ron Hall (209) for 17th.
Career Touchdowns (Total)
Mike Evans has 55 total touchdowns in his career, meaning he needs 17 more to take the franchise record from Mike Alstott (71).
Consecutive Games Without Allowing a Sack
The Bucs have gone two straight games without allowing a sack for the first time since 2008. If they can extend that streak to three on Monday night, it will tie a franchise record. It’s been done three times previously, with 1994 being the latest. (Bucs Communications)
Points Scored Through Eight Games
The Bucs have scored 222 points through the first seven games, which has them close to breaking the franchise record for points scored through eight games in a season. They need five more to pass the 2012 team (226), eight more to pass the 2018 team (229) and nine more to take the franchise record from the 2019 Bucs (230). (Bucs Communications)
Consecutive Games Scoring 35-Plus Points
Tampa Bay has scored more than 35 points in two straight games. If it can surpass that mark against the Giants, it will set a new franchise record. (Bucs Communications)
Overall Record Through Eight Games
With a win over the Giants, the Bucs will match their best eight-game start in franchise history. They previously started 6-2 in 1979 and 2002. (Bucs Communications)
Jason Pierre-Paul enters Monday’s game with 26.5 sacks in his Bucs career, tying him with Broderick Thomas for ninth in franchise history. With 0.5 more, he passes Thomas, and with 1.5 more, he’ll tie Ronde Barber (28) for eighth.
With 24 career sacks, Lavonte David is two away from tying Greg Spires (26) for 11th in Bucs history and 2.5 away from tying Pierre-Paul and Thomas for ninth.
Shaquil Barrett has 22.5 sacks as a Buc. He needs 1.5 more to tie David for 12th, 3.5 more to tie Spires for 11th and four more to tie Pierre-Paul and Thomas for ninth.
*Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982.
Sacks Through 27 Games With Tampa Bay
The franchise record for sacks through 27 games with the team belongs to both Lee Roy Selmon and Simeon Rice (24). Through 23 games as a Buc, Barrett has 22.5. He needs two more in the next four games to set a new team record.
Career Passes Defended*
David has 48 career passes defended. He needs seven more to pass Aqib Talib (54) for fifth-most in Bucs history.
*Passes defended did not become an official stat until 1999.
Career Forced Fumbles
With 22 career forced fumbles, David needs three more to take the franchise record from Derrick Brooks (24).
Monday will be David’s 129th with the Bucs, which will leave him one away from tying Warren Sapp (130) for seventh-most in franchise history.
Career Games Played
This will also be David’s 129th career game played, meaning he’ll need one more to tie Demar Dotson and Brian Kelly (130) for 11th in team history.
**Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications**
With their touchdown connection last Sunday, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski now have 80 of those in their regular season careers. That’s good enough for sole possession of fourth in NFL history and has them five away from tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85) for third.
Passing Touchdowns (Regular Season)
With four passing scores last week and Drew Brees on a bye week, Brady now has the most regular season passing touchdowns in NFL History (559). He is one ahead of Brees, who obviously is still active and will keep battling it out with the GOAT for the rest of this season at the very least.
Receiving Touchdowns (Regular Season)
Gronkowski now has 81 regular season receiving touchdowns in his career, tying him with Steve Smith and Art Powell for 25th-most in league history. With one more, he’ll tie Anquan Boldin and Reggie Wayne (82) for 23rd.
Receiving Touchdowns (Including Postseason)
Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has 93 touchdown catches in his career. He needs two more to tie Isaac Bruce and Hines Ward (95) for 13th in NFL history.
Consecutive Games Allowing Under 100 Rushing Yards
Dating back to 2019, the Bucs have held 13 straight opponents under the 100-yard rushing mark. If they can do so to the Giants on Monday night, they will tie the second-longest streak since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The Baltimore Ravens previously posted a 14-game streak between Nov. 5, 2000 and Oct. 28, 2001.